|Earth Borrower & Husband at Ohio City Farm (Cleveland, OH)|
The farm didn't seem be open for sales even though it was the middle of a week day, but my husband and I wandered into the area through an open gate and briefly talked with some of the workers just to ask if it was OK if we looked around. What's so amazing about the farm was the amount of space-- 6 acres-- dedicated to it.
|Ohio City Farm (Cleveland, OH) with apartments nearby|
The farm included a large walking strip that bisected the rows of crops: lettuce, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, beets, and then different varieties of Lillies at the end of each row. I also noticed that there were numerous sections of beds that lay unused, as if something had been pulled up recently or as if the bed were set aside for future use. One thing that particularly stuck out was the 12 foot poles with strings rigged for a beans. I was amazed at how tall the poles were and I'm flabbergasted as to why the poles would need to be that tall. Can bean really grow that tall? Are they worthwhile fruits if they put so much energy into growing tall rather than just stocky? I don't know.
|Earth Borrower's Husband (6'2") and 12' bean poles|
Overall, what sticks with me the most was the feeling of pride. I wanted to shake every worker's hand and say: "Nice Job!" I did tell a few of them the it was beautiful and that I was really impressed (which is true). I had to chuckle at how much I could see their chests swell with pride and I instantly received smiles and nods because they knew that I KNEW how much work a venture like urban farming takes. I was also filled with pride for Cleveland because of the entrepreneurs willing to put in the time and effort to refuse to let Cleveland become a healthy food desert. Bravo, Ohio City Farm, Bravo.