Green Corps teens harvest fresh fruits and veggies for their neighbors
Growing and selling food has been one of the cornerstones of the Green Corps program since it began. Each year, Green Corps strives to increase its production of healthy, local, organically grown food that can be sold all over Cleveland. Green Corps cultivates a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and berries at all of its learning farms, but this is not just a summer growing season.
Inside high tunnels at the Buckeye Woodland Learning Farm, produce is grown over the winter, and seeds are planted for the upcoming season. Beginning in April, seedlings are transplanted out to the farms and cared for by staff and student-employees.
Once the summer season begins in June, we harvest multiple times per week at each learning farm in order to sell our produce at Shaker Square, Cleveland Clinic and Slavic Broadway farmers markets, as well as hosting student-managed weekly onsite market stands at each farm.
Green Corps has expanded the opportunities for its fresh produce to reach the homes and plates of many Clevelanders by now accepting EBT, Senior and WIC farmers market nutrition program (FMNP) vouchers.
Using organic methods to cultivate crops, Green Corps has experienced staff members that train and educate all Green Corps student employees. They learn the latest urban-farming methods so that they can apply these skills and knowledge in the future.
The teens in Green Corps make their own medium and fire-roasted salsa using fresh ingredients they've grown at their learning farms in Cleveland. Your purchase of Ripe from Downtown salsa helps Green Corps students.