The mission of Community Greenhouse Partners is to improve the quality of life of those around us

Events

We’re Closing the Growing Season Gap!

November 9, 2013
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

Who: YOU are invited to a CGP

What: Indiegogo Fundraiser

Video Launch Party!

When: Saturday, November 9,  4 PM until 7 PM

Where: The home of Camilo and Rita Villa,
7402 Franklin Avenue in the Detroit-Shoreway Neighborhood

Why: To view the premiere of a Community Greenhouse Partners Indiegogo Fundraising video, eat local food prepared by well-known chefs, listen to live local music, and help make our Indiegogo Fundraiser a success with a donation using your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer!

CGP's Ostara Hoop House

CGP’s Ostara Hoop House

Community Greenhouse Partners is a non-profit educational urban farm, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s urban core. Our mission is to teach sustainability and earth science using the principles of Permaculture, create economic opportunities for our neighbors, and grow food year-round to sell in the food desert that surrounds our location.

Problem is, we’re in Cleveland, Ohio. Home of “lake effect” snow, blustery weather, and at the most, an 8-month growing outdoor season. We have hoop houses, and those help add a month to 6 weeks to the season, but from late December to the first week of March, it’s just too darn cold to grow with just a thin piece of plastic film between our plants and the elements outside.

That’s where you come in. Our plan is to convert the polyfilm covered Ostara Hoop House (pictured above) into a hard-shell greenhouse, using high-tech polycarbonate plastic that has a remarkable R-factor which will allow us to sustainably heat the interior without immediately losing the heat to the outside.

Twin-wall and Triple-wall Polycarbonate sheeting.

Twin-wall and Triple-wall Polycarbonate sheeting.

At minimum, we need 36 sheets of twin-wall polycarbonate, plus fasteners, caulk, endcaps and more. That’ll run us about $7,000.00, including shipping and handling. If we can get triple-wall polycarbonate, we could get even better heat retention, using even less fuel for greater heating potential. The cost? Closer to $10,000.00.

Adding this hardshell will significantly increase our output of fresh vegetables, and give us a working classroom and lab for students of all ages to learn about sustainability and natural gardening methods year-round. It will help us meet our mission on all three levels, and will help us help Cleveland attain its goal of becoming a Green City on a Blue Lake.

October 17, 2013   No Comments

Whole Foods Local Week featuring CGP!

August 10, 2013
11:00 amto2:00 pm

All this week, Whole Foods Market Cedar Center is calling out local and Ohio producers as part of an annual Local Week celebration. Drop in evenings and this upcoming weekend to meet dozens of vendors behind the selection of locally-produced products. The selection of more than 20 vendors will range from cheese, salsa and beer to aromatherapy, cleaning products and lilies! On Saturday, support Community Greenhouse Partners at a “Giving Grill” from 11-2. Dollar dogs, sides and soda will be sold and all proceeds benefit this great local organization (Vegan dogs available too). Visit the Whole Foods Cedar Center store page on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Whole-Foods-Market-Cedar-Center ) or follow them on Twitter ( @wholefoodsuhts ) for daily updates on their special guests.

August 6, 2013   No Comments

Hessler Street Fair!

May 18, 2013 11:00 amtoMay 19, 2013 9:00 pm
May 18, 2013 11:00 amtoMay 19, 2013 9:00 pm

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Join us on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday May 19th at the Hessler Street Fair!

The Hessler Street Fair is the unofficial start to the city’s summer festival season. The two-day street “non-corporate, artist-friendly, all-volunteer” fair features live music, poetry readings, a variety of delicious food, street vendors, and original art. Admission is free and the fair attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year.

Community Greenhouse Partners has been part of the fair since 2011. This year we will be featuring Pita-stuffed salads, made with mixed leaf lettuces, bordeaux spinach, fresh herbs and our famous Microgreens all grown at our farm on Eat 67th Street. Choose from Thai Peanut, Apple Vinaigrette and a Yogurt Tzatziki Dressing, all hand-made by Barlé Soup and Sandwich in Cleveland Heights (www.barlesoupandsandwich.com)

For hours and directions, visit http://hesslerstreetfair.org

May 15, 2013   No Comments

Big Volunteer Day!

June 2, 2012
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Help us finish North Hoop 3, start South Hoop 2, and finish a few other major construction projects including a new fence and upgrading the irrigation system!

Coffee at 9 AM
Tour for newcomers at 9:30 AM
Work starts promptly at 10 AM.

A $5-$10 donation is requested to help offset the price of breakfast and lunch.

Kids welcome, with special projects for young hands!

Also, don’t forget to check out the new photos on the CGP Facebook Page!

May 29, 2012   No Comments

Hessler Street Fair!

May 19, 2012toMay 20, 2012

Once again, we’ll be selling salads at the Hessler Street Fair, on May 19 and 20, 2012. We plan to sell salads again this eyar, featuring salad dressings from some of Cleveland’s favorite Restaurants. Volunteers needed, contact Tim if you’d like to help!

April 17, 2012   No Comments

EarthFest!

April 22, 2012
9:00 amto6:00 pm

Volunteers are needed to help CGP at this year’s Earthfest at the Cleveland Metropolitan Zoo.

The event runs from 10 AM to 5 PM, with helpers needed from 9 to Noon, Noon to 3 and 3 to 6.

Contact Tim at tim@communitygreenhousepartners.org if you’d like to help.

For more information about EarthFest, visit this link

April 9, 2012   No Comments

Hoop House Building Workshop

April 15, 2012
9:00 amto5:00 pm
9:00 amto5:00 pm

Join us on Sunday, April 15th from 9 AM until 5 PM for a Hoop House Building Workshop led by Carlton Jackson of Tunnel Vision Hoops. Thanks to a set of donations from The Generation Foundation, Hawken School, and Aladdin Food Management Services, we’ve contracted with Tunnel Vision to build two new hoop houses at CGP. For more information, visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/227122374052117/

April 8, 2012   1 Comment

“Barn” Raising

January 19, 2012 10:00 amtoJanuary 27, 2012 5:00 pm

While not actually a “barn,” we will be raising our new (used) greenhouse starting on Thursday, January 19th and working every day, Rain or Shine, through Friday, January 27th, including weekends.

We particularly need folks who can swing a hammer, lift some weight, stretch some poly film, and screw in window frames. Previous construction work is particularly welcome, but NOT mandatory.

Bring tools, especially hammers, staple guns (with staples, please), drills and screw guns, wonder bars, crow bars and other implements of building. A Power washer would be helpful, as would a nail gun. We could also use a few used screen doors, if you have any handy.

Groups or individuals welcome, Please contact Tim if you’ll be able to stop by. We’re also looking for financial support to help finish this project. Donations large or small can be sent through http://www.paypal.com with the funds payable to CommunityGreenhousePartners@gmail.com;

January 11, 2012   1 Comment

Film Screening: Urban Roots

October 20, 2011
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Thursday, Oct.20, 7:00 PM
FREE & Open to the Public || Potluck at 6:00 PM / Program at 7:00 PM

Peace House, 10916 Magnolia Ave., University Circle, Cleveland
Sponsored by Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice, Community Greenhouse Partners, Cityfresh & Clefnb and endorsed by the “Save Our Communities” forum.

An informal discussion on Cleveland Urban Agriculture presented by CGP will follow the film screening

Urban Roots chronicles the decline of the automotive industry in Detroit and brings the audience to the present, “lifeless” state of the area. In much of Detroit, the population density is so low that there are no major grocery stores for people to shop at, leaving the responsibility to fast-food restaurants, gas stations and private corner stores to provide people with their groceries. This is where the concept of urban farming comes in. Detroit, like many urban areas, has an issue of poverty that is perplexing, both to those who live there and experts who study it. By forming urban farms, locals in Detroit have begun turning abandoned city lots into small-scale gardens that give sense of hope and community that is truly palpable throughout the film.

This screening of Urban Roots co-incidences with National Food Day which is Monday October 24th. Urban Roots presents visually several of Food Day’s goals:

  • Reduce obesity and diet related diseases by promoting healthy diets
  • Support sustainable family farms and cut subsidies to agribusiness
  • Expand access to food and end hunger

For more information, contact Kevin Williams at clefnb@gmail.com or 216-773-0083

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October 16, 2011   2 Comments

WORKSHOP: SOIL CARBON SOLUTIONS

September 24, 2011
9:00 amto12:30 pm

We are delighted and honored to host a half-day workshop with Peter Donovan of the Soil Carbon Coalition. Peter is an internationally recognized expert on the carbon cycle, and on the ways in which we can support the conversion of atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing, soil organic matter. His non-profit organization, The Soil Carbon Coalition, has as its mission advancing the practice, and spreading awareness of the opportunity, for doing this.
In this workshop Peter will tell the fascinating and little-known story of the discovery of the carbon cycle and of its relation to water, and will describe what some of the innovative ranchers and farmers he has worked with are doing to enhance these functions. He will facilitate a discussion designed to engage the creativity of the group in identifying ways in which we can each support the conversion of atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter on the land with respect to which we are stewards.

The principal project of the Soil Carbon Coalition is the Soil Carbon Challenge, an international prize competition to see how fast land managers can turn atmospheric carbon into water-holding, fertility-enhancing soil organic matter. Peter is currently touring the continent in a converted school bus, collecting baseline data against which increases in carbon sequestration will be measured over the next decade+, consulting, and offering workshops on the carbon cycle to people in the position to effect positive change through their land management and usage choices – be they backyard gardeners, urban farmers, larger scale farmers or ranchers.

If you would like to learn more about Peter and his work, visit the Soil Carbon Coalition website at www.soilcarboncoalition.org, or read his reports on innovative natural resource stewards at http://ManagingWholes.com. We hope to see you on the 24th!

When: Saturday, September 24, 2011
9:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Community Greenhouse Partners
6527 Superior Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 on the corner of East 67th & Superior.
Please note that CGP is NOT an ADA compliant facility.

Cost: Suggested minimum donation is $15.
We hope that you are able to contribute more to support this important work!

Wear: Warm clothing, suitable for the outdoors and for an unheated indoor environment.

Bring: A willingness to learn and to engage your own creativity.
Food if you think you’ll be hungry. Chairs, water and restrooms will be provided.

RSVP: Please let us know that you plan to attend – this will help us with our set-up.
Email tim@communitygreenhousepartners.org to RSVP

Please call Tim at 216-926-4806 for more information or directions.

September 15, 2011   No Comments