Thank You Cuyahoga Composts!

Over the last two months, I had the pleasure of completing a six-week composting course, courtesy of the OSU Extension Service. For those who don’t know about it, the extension system in Ohio is one of the world’s largest non-formal educational systems. Classes were held at the OSUE office over on Stanard Avenue, and about a dozen people from all over Cleveland came to the workshops to share and learn. All of us were there Continue reading

Goodbye Sweet Garden ….

On October 19, the cold, steady rain brought a final end to my first community garden in Cleveland. It was sad to say goodbye to a great season, but what a wonderful experience at Ben Franklin Garden. Even when the fall wind blows, I still have peppers and tomatoes I can add to my salads, pasta and other table fare. Over the last several weeks, I have taken the time to visit urban farms like Continue reading

An Ode to Sustainable Cleveland 2019

This morning, I had this vision about a green city on a blue lake. Cleveland proud, I am so amazed at the changes you have made in just a few short years, since our sustainable city became a reality. As a resident, I am feeling the energy in my neighborhood, and in my community. As an activist, I hope I can contribute a little bit more and try to get others excited to learn. Last Continue reading

Composting in CLE (with a nod to Cornell)

Summer classes have faded into fall, and now I am knee deep with three more classes at the Mandel School. On top of all that, I am enrolled in six different compost classes, courtesy of Cuyahoga Composts. I am learning so much, preparing my backyard for compost and experimenting with my zebra mussel shell recipe. During the last weekend in September, my fellow gardener and I were in tear-down mode at the Ben Franklin Garden. Continue reading