By converting vacant lots, rooftops, and yards into farming plots, the City of Cleveland could meet its produce, poultry, and honey needs. Researchers at Ohio State University predict this conversion could save $155 million annually, boost employment, and scale back obesity.
Urban gardening creates local business, improves health and property values, and reduces crime and pollution.
In a city like Cleveland (a typical post-industrial city that is losing population), vacant lots are abundant; there are more than 20,000 in the city, according to the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Additionally, 10% of Clevelanders are diabetic (compared to the national average of 8%), and a third are obese.
Cleveland has hundreds of community gardens. Some residents are even cultivating and selling produce as a full-time job. For more information on the transformation happening in Cleveland, please check out this inspiring article on Wired.
- Can Planting Vegetables in Vacant Lots Save Cleveland? (wired.com)
- Cleveland Botanical Garden (joesterne.com)
- Small-Space Urban Gardening Solutions (casasugar.com)
- urban gardening (skillfuldaydreamer.wordpress.com)
- Edible Landscaping in Downtown Detroit (treehugger.com)