"Cleveland is known across the country for its re-purposing vacant and abandoned properties for urban agriculture."
Those are the words of our Deputy Director of Watershed Programs Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells. And now, as this home-grown movement gets a boost from our green infrastructure program, a new urban ag project will help manage stormwater, reduce pollution to Lake Erie, and offer a new site for environmental outreach and education.
Located in the Kinsman neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side, the Green Ambassador—Urban Agriculture project is designed to manage 7 million gallons of stormwater a year, reducing combined sewer overflow volumes to Lake Erie by 1.6 million gallons and improving water quality when complete in 2017.
About the project
Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone (UAIZ), along with new separate storm sewers. The project also features an outdoor classroom for educational programming.
The Urban Ag project is part of the UAIZ, built on several years of work done by the Burten Bell Carr Community Development Corporation and its partners, including the Rid-All Green Partnership and Kinsman Farms, a project of The Ohio State University Extension to foster agricultural efforts on Cleveland's near east side.
"Burten Bell Carr and its partners have been leading in Cleveland's urban agricultural work for many years," Dreyfuss-Wells said. "We're pleased to partner our green infrastructure program with their great work and build this as an Ambassador project."
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Here are a few of the Urban Ag highlights.