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.
- Cleveland Spaces Vital Places workshops are free of charge and open to the public.
- Registration information may be found on the Vital Neighborhoods Facebook page.
- All workshops are held on Saturdays from 11:00am to 1:30pm.
- Photos are all taken from the Reimagining Cleveland Field Manual Guide.
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
- City of Cleveland Division of Neighborhood Development
- City of Cleveland Land Bank at Work flyer
- Side Yard Application and Guide
- Agriculture and Garden Application and Guide
- City of Cleveland Planning Commission GIS
- 8 Ideas for Land Reuse in Cleveland
- Cuyahoga County Land Bank
- Side Yard Program
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
- City of Cleveland Housing and Home Improvement
- Heritage Home Program
- City of Cleveland Landmarks Commission
- Re-imagining Cleveland Vacant Land Reuse Pattern Book
- Reimagining Cleveland Overview
- Reimagining Cleveland Field Manual Guide
- OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Cuyahoga County
- Soil Testing
- Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District
- History Research Guide
Workshop 5 – Land Trust
Date: March 7, 2020
Location: Fatima Family Center, Cleveland, Ohio
- Community Land Trust Glossary by Marge Misak
- Grounded Solutions Network
- neighbor space
- Neighborhood Gardens Trust
Workshop 6 - Fundraising
Date: May 7, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 16, 2020)
Date: May 21, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 30, 2020)
Due to COVID-19, the dates and format of the remaining Cleveland Spaces Vital Places workshop have changed. The 6th workshop, "Making it Work" will be broken out into multiple workshops. The workshops will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. The first set of workshops will focus on "Funding Your Project". We will have speakers representing Neighborhood Connections, Ioby, Candid and Cleveland Department of Economic Development to share information about how to fund your project. At the end of each presentation you will have an opportunity to ask questions. You may submit questions in advance to email@example.com. Please use the links below to register.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)