Cleveland urban farm helping send kids back to school

CLEVELAND - Cleveland’s east side is home to many sights and attractions, and now a lovely community garden in the Glenville neighborhood is among them.

Area resident Erika Acy says that divine intervention planted the idea in her heart, to turn an abandoned lot into a flourishing urban garden.  

She built the garden four years ago with help of her husband, neighbors, and her councilman. It has grown into the soul of the neighborhood. The lot where the garden now lives is owned by city of Cleveland, but can be used by the community as long as they continue to look after it.

In an area that lacked access to fresh produce, the garden has brought a valuable asset into the community. It educates neighbors about growing vegetables, and perhaps the best part, neighbors can take home the produce free of charge. The kids love it too; they enjoy the planting, harvesting, and eating the healthy vegetables.

For the Acy’s, it’s all about giving back to the community. That’s why they are holding a back-to-school giveaway on Sunday, Aug. 13. They intend to give away backpacks, school supplies, and, of course, and send each child home with a bag of veggies. In addition to the giveaways, there will be free haircuts and a DJ on site.

The event will take place on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations are welcome, contact (216) 313-3945 for more information. 

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