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


Notes from Workshop




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




Workshop 6 - Fundraising

Date: May 7, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 16, 2020)

Location: ZOOM



Date: May 21, 2020 (rebroadcast: May 30, 2020)

Location: ZOOM




Important Message:


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 ConnectionsIobyCandid 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  Please use the links below to register.  


Please register in advance for the Cleveland Spaces Vital Places workshops using the links below:
(All workshops will be virtual using the Zoom platform)
To register for the Saturday, May 30th Workshop
(This will be a rebroadcast of the May 21st workshop)
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM - 12 Noon Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Presenters: Kevin Schomtzer, Cleveland Dept. of Economic Development  and Presenter TBA, Candid
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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 (