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Cleveland residents plant the seeds for reinvention

Rid-All Green Partnership took over 1.5 acres of the property (and is set to assume another 1.5 acres soon). To date, they have harvested 14,000 pounds of produce; raised 350 pounds of tilapia; and cultivated 1,200 cubic yards of compost.

By Karin Connelly Rice
Freshwater
October 19, 2017

Excerpt:

CornUcopia Place is just one way BBC has taken steps to eliminate Kinsman’s ranking as a food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Today, the neighborhood is rich with healthy eating options, as well as an unusual amount of gardens and fruit trees.

A 28-acre stretch of land on E. 81st Street and Otter Avenue is now deemed the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone—one of the more ambitious projects taken on by BBC. This tract of land is in what is known as “the forgotten triangle,” running from Woodland Road to the north, Kinsman Road from the south and west, and the railroad tracks off of E. 84th Street.

The decision to convert it to an urban agriculture zone came about in 2005 when BBC was developing its original master plan. The organization developed a new master plan in 2016.

“We basically asked the residents what they wanted to see in their neighborhood,” says Jeff Sugalski, BBC’s real estate development director. “They said they liked the quiet, almost rural setting [of Kingsbury Run], so we thought about what we could do to preserve the rural feel yet make progress.”

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