Winter is approaching and the Year of Local Foods is going strong. Here are 7 Reasons to Celebrate local food in Cleveland:
- The innovation continues as Hough’s Mansfield Frazier plans to install the world’s first biocellar, repurposing the foundation of a demolished house as a way to grow year-round.
- The West Side Market gets some sustainable presents for its 100th birthday: new recycling, compost and waste stations for consumers to help close the loop on the local food system and LED lighting donated by GE.
- The Cleveland Metropolitan School District was awarded a planning grant from the US Department of Agriculture to explore how to create gardens at each of the schools. This was a goal of one of the work groups at the 2012 Sustainability Summit.
- WCPN Ideastream aired a story about local food in Cleveland as an economic enginge, and as if to prove that point,
- The Toronto Star names Cleveland a top travel destination for Canadians, in part, because of our “farm-to-table” culinary movement.
- The Sustainable Cleveland working groups focused on local foods are meeting at 5:30pm on Thursday, November 29th at the Sustainable Cleveland Center to coordinate and collaborate their efforts. Interested in getting involved? Feel free to stop by to learn more.
- A growing number of hoop houses and season extending growing practices have resulted in a boom of 6 new winter farmers’ markets, bringing the total to 11 year-round local food markets in Greater Cleveland. I hope you’ll celebrate the bounty of local foods with me and consider shopping for your holiday meals at a winter market.