Cleveland Spaces Vital Places

A program hosted and organized by the Sustainable Cleveland Vital Neighborhoods Working Group


Cleveland Spaces Vital Places is a series of seven (7) workshops designed to inform residents about resources and practices needed to revitalize vacant lots in their community.





Workshop 1 – Overview of Cleveland Spaces Vital Places Program

Date: July 27, 2019

Location: Trotter’s Place, 11401 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, OH 44108

  • Spirit Corner, Cleveland Heights
  • Gardening in the District, City of Cleveland Glenville neighborhood
  • Trotter’s Place, City of Cleveland Glenville neighborhood


Workshop 2 – Landing Your Project

Date: October 12, 2019

Location: Midtown Tech Hive, 6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103


Contact information at Cuyahoga County OSU Extension:


Workshop 3 – It Takes a Village

Date: November 16, 2019

Location: Third Space, 1464 East 10th Street, Cleveland, Ohio


Workshop 4 – Designing a Vital Place

Date: January 25, 2020

Location: Doan Classroom, Cleveland, Ohio


Workshop 5 – Land Trust

Date: March 7, 2020

Location: Fatima Family Center, Cleveland, Ohio

Community Land Trust Glossary by Marge Misak

Community Land Trust Presentation by Marge Misak


Workshop 6 – Making It Work

Date: May 2, 2020

Location: Midtown Tech Hive, 6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103


Workshop 7 - Networking

Date: June 13, 2020

Location: Midtown Tech Hive, 6815 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103


Additional Resources:

Summer Sprout: Cleveland’s Community Gardening Program

Summer Sprout is a program that provides materials, services, and education to participating community gardens within Cleveland. The goal is to support the residents of Cleveland in their efforts of starting and/or maintaining successful community garden projects.

In order to become a participating garden, the project must meet the following requirements:

1) Location of garden must be within Cleveland city limits; not a suburb

2) The designated "Garden Leader" must complete Dig In training, provided by OSU Extension in the Spring

3) The garden must have a minimum of 5 gardeners who are committed to participating in the garden; these 5 gardeners cannot be all from the same family

4) Must have documented permission to use land for purpose of gardening

5) Must have an identified water source at or near the garden site


Registration for the 2020 season is already closed. However, we are currently collecting names of folks who are interested to join us for the 2021 growing season.


Step 1 is to sign up for the Dig In training. This is a mandatory 5 week course offered in the Spring of 2020. Online registration will be available at the end of January.


Step 2 is to submit a new garden application in the Summer of 2020.


By Fall 2020 each applicant will be notified of acceptance status and next steps. For accepted projects, OSU Extension will collect soil for lead testing.


Then by Spring 2021 newly accepted gardens will be ready to participate within the Summer Sprout program.


Contact Carrie Vollentine (