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Urban farms in Cleveland: small but mighty

rgdchTanya Holmes grandkids helping out at Ka-La Healing Garden. Photo by Bob Perkoski.

So many of Cleveland’s neighborhoods are defined as food deserts, with just 25 percent of residents living within a five-minute walk to a full service grocery.

By Karin Connelly Rice
Freshwater Cleveland
May 12, 2016

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When you think about small urban farms, you’re creating healthy human habitats that lead to sustainable environments,” says Destinee Henton, community outreach coordinator for Ohio City Inc., which oversees Ohio City Farm. “Being in an urban environment like Cleveland, there is so much food imported from other areas. [Urban farms] are reclaiming areas where we’re able to eat food from the land.”

Three Cleveland farmers in particular are offering up the food they grow on their compact urban plots. Not only are they solving the problem of food access, they are teaching the next generation how to grow their own food and the importance of nutritious food and a healthy lifestyle.

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UK Pub that transformed beer garden into allotments already has waiting list for plots

ubsJan Parker-Brooks, of the Stork Tavern pub in Halliwell.

The garden, which has been named The Little Spuds Allotments is aimed at children and the grandmother-of-four said she is “overwhelmed” at the response to it.

By Kate McMullin
The Bolton News
May 9, 2016

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he allotments are open during pub hours for regulars and members of the public, while families that look after a lot have been given a key to the garden in order to maintain their patch.

A full range of vegetables have already been planted such as sweetcorn, potatoes, onions, lettuce, cauliflower, carrots, peas, broccoli and broad beans.

Mrs Brooks, aged 56, added: “It’s a great opportunity for children, to give them something to focus on and teach them some responsibility.

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