Growing Cleveland

Many partners cultivate the Garden's Green Corps for teens

Green Corps, a program grown by Cleveland Botanical Garden, strives to make a positive impact on the community of which it is a part. From making fresh produce available on a regular basis at weekly farm stands to installing small education gardens in home day-care facilities, Green Corps youth and staff are engaging their neighbors in healthy living and a greener lifestyle.

Green Corps has expanded outreach into Cleveland neighborhoods through several new initiatives. The Buckeye Woodland Learning Farm is home to a community garden and fruit-tree orchard, offering free 4-by-8 plots for neighbors who would like to grow fresh vegetables to take home.

In conjunction with the garden plots, Green Corps has been offering free gardening workshops for all residents interested in learning about topics ranging from planning a community garden to integrated pest management. Working with several local community and youth organizations, Green Corps has participated in supplying home gardens, plants and technical support to residents and community groups in the neighborhoods.

Green Corps makes an effort to improve access to healthy food in all neighborhoods, and many farms donate leftover produce to local churches and community centers for distribution. In the past, experienced student employees have installed garden boxes at in-home day- care facilities in the Buckeye, Central and Hough neighborhoods.

Furthermore, Green Corps student employees deliver health and nutrition lessons for the daycare provider children that incorporate the food that is grown in these gardens.

As Green Corps continues to grow, so does its impact on the communities around it, fulfilling its purpose of growing youth, growing food and growing Cleveland.

Green Corps Learning Farms:

Buckeye Learning Farm
Central Learning Farm
Fairfax Learning Farm
Midtown Learning Farm
Slavic Village Learning Farm

Green Corps Farm Tours:

$50 fee/donation – 30 minutes; which can include:

  • 10-15 minute program overview power point and 10-15 minute farm tour led by staff or students (if available)
  • Or a 30 min. farm tour that includes a brief program overview led by staff or students (if available)  

$100 fee/donation – 1 hour; can be any combination of the following options:

  • 10-15 minute program overview power point and 10-15 minute farm tour led by staff or students (if available) + 30 minutes short workshop (ex. square foot gardening, we are open to topics)
  • 30 minute program overview power point and 30 minute farm tour led by staff or students (if available)
  • 30-45 minute short workshop + brief program overview/farm tour

We are very open to working with groups to suit their needs, however, we cannot have tours last longer than an hour. Dates and times are also flexible depending on the group and our farm schedules.

Green Corps knows the importance of building community partnerships and collaborations in order to maintain a quality program that positively impacts all youth, staff, organizations and adults involved. We gratefully appreciate all the time, resources and talent our partners and supporters have provided to Green Corps:

Community Partners
ABC Truck Equipment
The Banks Baldwin Foundation
Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation
Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP
Charter One Foundation
City of Cleveland - Department of Community Development
City of Independence
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland Skating Club
The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation
The Jane G. Cunningham Foundation
Davey Tree Co.
Dominion Foundation
Deaconess Community Foundation
Eastman Kodak
F. Buddie Contracting, Limited
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
Ford Motor Company Fund
Harry K. & Emma R. Fox Charitable Foundation
Friends of Slavic Village
The Garden Club of Cleveland
The George Gund Foundation
International Interiors Inc.
Key Foundation
Kurtz Brothers
The Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Fund of The Cleveland Foundation
The S. Livingston Mather Charitable Fund
The McDonald Fund of The Cleveland Foundation
Monarch Electric Service Company
The John P. Murphy Foundation
Nature Hills Nursery -- 2010 Green America Award
Park-Ohio Holdings Company
The C. Walder Parke Family Foundation
Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights
RPM, Inc.
Saint Luke's Foundation
Schindler Elevator Corp.
The Sears-Swetland Family Foundation
Shaker Lakes Garden Club
Supreme Corporation
Third Federal Foundation
The Treu-Mart Fund
The Triple T Foundation
TriVantage LLC
United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland
US Airways Educational Foundation
US BanCorp Foundation
U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Juvenile Justice
Valley Ford Truck
The George Garretson Wade Charitable Trust #2
The Thomas H. White Foundation
Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.)
And, of course, all the customers who buy Green Corps’ “Ripe from Downtown” products!

Cleveland's Crispest Cucumbers

Green Corps produce can be yours

You can support Green Corps and its teenage urban farmers by buying some of the fresh fruits and they tend to and harvest at five learning farms in Cleveland. They open farm stands each week from May through October.