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Vacant Lot Restoration Initiative

Food Strong's Vacant Lot Restoration Initiative (VLRI) was launched through the generous support of Cuyahoga County. It is a partnership between Food Strong, Rid-All Green Partnership, and the Cuyahoga Land Bank. We work collaboratively to assist community groups with acquiring vacant lots and restoring them through sustainable agricultural practices. Potential site uses include urban farms and gardens, pocket parks, community gathering spaces, and other innovative constructions. We emphasize collaboration to foster project sustainability.


Interested in receiving support? Fill out this application here.

Email if you are interested in partnering with us on this initiative. 

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Care-A-Van is a food-focused program that provides a variety of resources to those in need while fostering excitement over fresh, local foods. Care-A-Van provides nutrition education, arts and crafts, books, music, health screenings, food demonstrations, community resources, and much more at the events we partner with. We bring our Care-A-Van events to a variety of community settings such as farmers markets, community potlucks, arts festivals, and school events. Thank you to our program sponsor CareSource!

Care-A-Van is being offered the 2nd Saturday, May-October 10am-1pm at the Coit Road Farmers Market, 15000 Woodworth Road, East Cleveland, 44110.

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School Garden and Youth Development Programming

In 2016, Food Strong Founder Sara Continenza began to work closely with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to build a School Garden toolkit and curriculum based on Ohio's Learning Standards. Food Strong has since guided students at over a dozen public schools through the design, planting, maintenance and harvest of onsite fresh food and flower gardens. A large emphasis is placed on STEAM stills, entrepreneurship, environmentalism, social-emotional learning, and community development. We have also partnered with local artists to guide our students through the design and creation of food focused murals to spread awareness while beautifying our communities. The mural project is funded by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.


Food Strong also operates a Learning Garden at the urban farm at the Coit Road Farmers Market which serves as an onsite location where various educational programs can be hosted. The Learning Garden was our response to the pandemic and consequent school closures, giving us the opportunity to bring together small groups of learners in a safe, outdoor environment. Our students regularly practice selling their produce at farmers markets in order to gain business skills. We continue to expand our entrepreneurship programming. 

Register today for our FREE 2-week Fresh Camp in partnership with Refresh Collective! Housed at our Learning Garden, we will be learning all about agriculture, culinary arts, nutrition, and entrepreneurship. Boom's Pizza will even feed us lunch one day, and lead our campers through making pizza in our onsite brick pizza oven. In week 2, campers will be working with Refresh Collective educators to make their own hip hop music around refreshing their communities through FRESH foods. Space is limited- first come, first served. Thank you to the Garden Club of Cleveland for their support in bringing this camp to life! Register here: 


Please contact us if you are interested in bringing a garden program to your school or facility, or if you would like to organize a field trip for your students to our Learning Garden.

Thank you to the Rite Aid Healthy Futures Foundation and United Way Greater Cleveland for sponsoring our program! We also appreciate our close partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and for our our collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University and their AmeriCorps program!



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Culinary Arts Classes

Food Strong is available to provide your organization affordable, healthy cooking classes. We create interactive learning experiences for a variety of learners, targeted specifically to the needs and goals of the population served. We also bring these classes to our schools where we teach students how to cook healthy meals from scratch using items that we pick from the garden. We also have a blender bike- a fun way to create healthy dishes such as soups and smoothies. We can bring this bike out to your event. Let's make nutritious eating delicious and exciting!

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Volunteer Cleanups at the Market

Food Strong organizes regular cleanup events at the Coit Road Farmers Market where volunteers can get involved in helping to beautify the space and work on our Learning Garden. We serve refreshments. Click on our Calendar for dates, and visit our Facebook event page for more information. Sign up to volunteer here.



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Mobile Farm Stand

Food Strong recently launched our mobile farm stand. We renovated a pop-up camper into a portable space from which to sell our freshly-grown produce and value-added products. We kept the kitchen on the camper in order to offer culinary demonstrations and tastings. We focus our sales in communities with little-to-no access to fresh food retail options.


Thank you to the Fun(d) First Women's Giving Circle and Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northeast Ohio for helping us bring life to this new initiative


Email if you are interested in partnering with or selling your local products at the market.

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Fresh Food Connect

We are proud to partner with Denver based Fresh Food Connect. This app is designed to connect home gardeners with local hunger relief organizations. We provide a platform for gardeners to donate their excess food and plants, and serve as a liaison between those gardeners and hungry people in the city. We use the donated produce in our school culinary programs where we teach students how to cook from scratch and introduce them to what a healthy, balanced diet looks like. Many gardeners put in an extra row specifically to donate. We are glad to facilitate local food production as a regional trend. How to get involved:

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