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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.

 

Email Info@FoodStrong.org if you are interested in partnering with us on this initiative. 

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Care-A-Van

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.

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

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Care Strong Project

The Care Strong Project is a branch of our Care-A-Van wellness program. Events focus on offering free health screenings, education, and information to those who are less fortunate. Screenings are made possible by our partners: University Hospitals Department of Family Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program. Every person screened receive coupons to spend on fresh produce at the nearby Coit Road Farmers Market.

Throughout the year, we are making monthly visits to the Salvation Army in East Cleveland to provide them with these resources, as well as the Zelma George Shelter Downtown (not open to public). Additionally, these free health screenings are offered during Care-A-Van events once a month May-October.

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Learning Gardens and Youth Development

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 learning, 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. 

 

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.

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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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Farmers' Markets

Food Strong works very closely to support, enhance, and even initiate farmers' markets. Food Strong brings a variety of programs and support to the Coit Road Farmers' Market (located at 15000 Woodworth Rd., East Cleveland from 8am-1pm on Saturdays, year round, and on Wednesdays from June-October). Visit their website to learn more about the Market and the variety of programs they participate in, including their Beginning Farmer Program.

 

Food Strong partners with the City of South Euclid to operate the South Euclid Community Market (held at Quarry Park-North in South Euclid on Thursdays in June-September from 4-8pm). This market is a great opportunity for us to support fresh food access while offering our youth exposure to a variety of entrepreneurial opportunities and workforce development skills.

 

Email Info@FoodStrong.org 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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