Cleveland’s Community Gardening program, Summer Sprout, has been in existence since 1976. The City of Cleveland and Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County (OSUECC) partnered in 1977 and continue to work together to make the program a success.
The Summer Sprout program provides soil testing, seeds, starter plants, soil amendments, tilling services, raised bed materials, educational outreach and support to participating gardens. OSUECC works with community partners, including the City of Cleveland Land Bank, who develops land tenureship for garden sites. In 2016, Summer Sprout supported 22 new community gardens in the City of Cleveland, adding to the 172 that returned from the 2015 growing season. Community gardens in Cleveland are diverse; neighborhood clubs, schools, faith-based groups, non-profit agencies, and many others.
Ohio State Extension, Cuyahoga County
Ohio State University Extension brings the knowledge of the university directly to you. We fulfill the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State main campus, and other land-grant universities – so Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.
The Extension system is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Extension’s hallmark is programming delivered by professionals to address the needs of the local community while also addressing state, national, and global issues. Our practical educational programs combine the needs of local citizens and communities with new research and technical information.
No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. These program areas – and many other special topics – are continuously being evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs and issues facing each community.
Extension provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans.
Suburban Community Gardening
Are you a community garden in a Cuyahoga County suburb? Please contact Elizabeth Roche, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educator for more information about this program. (Roche.firstname.lastname@example.org, (440) 429-8200 ext. 217) See the application form: 2017 Suburban new garden application