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East Cleveland Garden Project

Since 1985 Special Social’s mission is to bridge service gaps by providing educational and recreational programs that enhance the quality of life for seniors, youths and their families. We provide the essentials. for a healthy body, mind and spirit using natural methods that allow the individual participant the opportunity to take responsibility for his or her health, safety, recreation, and education. 

Our goals are simply for the East Cleveland Garden Project to provide a complementary strategy to conditions of food insecurity. This intergenerational project will provide local produce while offering all the benefits and beautification that happen when you enhance a blighted urban area with agriculture and horticulture.  Special Socials East Cleveland Garden Project will begin to address food quality and food access at this level.  The city of East Cleveland does not have one major chain grocery store.   It is known that poor urban families involved in farming eat more fresh vegetables than other families in the same income category.  Access to more food of better quality stands to impact the nutritional status of  East Cleveland residents. There has been and will continue to be active collaboration in all phases of the project as we involve the community (including homegrown green entrepreneurs) and stakeholders in a process of participatory, problem analysis, planning and implementation. 

Where it's at:

13301 First Avenue
East Cleveland, OH 44112
United States

Garden type:

demonstration/education garden

Garden size (in square feet):


Garden beneficiaries:

families and food insecure people

Number of people reached:

5 000

What this project needs:

expert technical assistance
community garden creation guidance
volunteer labor
fruit bushes
fruit trees
gardening books
watering hose
irrigation system
garden cart
compost bin
chicken coop
outdoor oven

Project leaders:

Merle Walker
Dwayne Johnson

About us:

KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.  

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Kitchen Gardeners International
3 Powderhorn Drive,
Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA
(207) 956-0606