Growing youth. Growing food. Growing Cleveland.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, the Green Corps program provides an urban agriculture experience for area high school students on five urban farms located in Cleveland’s eastside neighborhoods. Each year, students spend the growing season learning the basics of urban farming, raising crops on the farms Cleveland’s eastside neighborhoods, and then selling what they produce at farmers markets and farm stands. In addition to a paycheck, the students each get a 4’x8’ bed to grow produce for home use. They also gain a wide variety of skills and forge new friendships.
Student workers sell fresh produce from the Learning Farms at the following locations:
- Tremont Farmers Market – Tuesdays, May 30 – Oct 3, 4 – 7 pm, at Lincoln Park on W. 14th Street between Starkweather and Kenilworth avenues.
- Shaker Square Farmers Market – Saturdays, May 27, Oct. 21, 8am to noon, at Shaker Square at North Moreland Avenue
The program helps bring fresh produce into inner city neighborhoods where access to produce may be limited.Green Corp operates smaller farm stands at the urban farms, which are open once a week at each of the farms from June to October, selling produce to the neighborhood, often in parts of the community where places to buy fresh produce are limited or non-existent. The program also operates a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) allows people to purchase shares for $15 and receive a weekly portion of produce. Green Corps farm stands take part in supplemental nutrition programs including Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors and WIC, the USDA Food and Nutrition Services EBT/SNAP program and the Cleveland – Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition’s Produce Perks.