ANNOUNCEMENT: Garden Leader Kick-Off, originally scheduled for March 28th, has been canceled. Please check your emails for updates or contact Carrie for further info.


The Cuyahoga County Extension office, in alignment with all OSU campuses, has postponed all face-to-face programming through March 31st in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Until further notice, all OSU Extension staff are working remotely and are available from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday to receive phone calls and emails. We are offering online video-based trainings for some of our scheduled programs during this time. If you have registered or planned to attend one of our programs scheduled between now and the end of this month be sure to check your email inbox for updates. We are closely monitoring the number of confirmed cases and the number of county residents who are quarantined here in Cuyahoga County. The health and safety of our participants, partners, and staff is our number one priority. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions (216) 429-8200.


Seeing Community Gardens Through

The current coronavirus concerns have a distinct impact on community projects, spaces and places.  Our office remains committed to serving our communities and we have put together the following  recommendations for community garden leaders:

  • If your community garden is associated with a place of worship, a non-profit or any other agency, check with their leadership to see if they have policy to follow at this time.
  • Be understanding of individuals’ choice to stay safe.  Consider your ability as a garden leader to be flexible for people who do not want to come to the garden at this time.
  • Continue to communicate with your gardeners.  If a garden policy is determined, communicate this with all gardeners.  If you will let individuals determine their own level of comfort, communicate a short-term plan for maintenance of absentee plots.
  • If you need to keep a garden plot free of weeds, use a thick mulch or weed fabric to suppress weeds. Consider some options:

o             Plastic Weed Fabric

o             Cardboard, remember to wet/weigh it down with something or secure with landscape pins so the wind does not blow it away. Straw or wood chips are a great material to camouflage the cardboard if you would like to.


For information on the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread, or learn how the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University are working to keep our communities safe, visit:


Ohio Department of Heath




Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



The Ohio State University




Looking to Join, Start, or Maintain a Community Garden in Cleveland?

The Summer Sprout Community Garden program can help! Gardens enrolled in Summer Sprout may be eligible for soil testing, soil amendments, tilling services, plants, seeds, materials for raised beds, technical assistance and education. Existing community gardens interested in expanding may also be eligible!

Next Steps

Register for our DigIn! Community Garden Training Program!  This is a requirement for new gardens or new garden leaders.

Dig In! helps community members gain the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, design, and build a thriving and sustainable community garden. Please fill out one application per person. If you have any questions about the program or this application, please call Carrie Vollentine at OSU Extension at 330-599-7736.




Classes take place Tuesday evenings from 6pm to 8:30pm at our offices in the Fairhill Partners building.

Address: 12200 Fairhill Rd, Building E, Cleveland, OH 44120.

Applications are due by 5 pm on March 31, 2020

Notice of acceptance into the program will be sent by April 8, 2020






If you have any questions or need more information about the Summer Sprout Program or Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County, please contact our office at (330) 599-7736.