Feeding Cleveland, an exhibit of photographs from Cleveland Memory Project, is on display through March 31, 2010 at the Cleveland State University Michael Schwartz Library (1st floor). The exhibit explores the role urban agriculture played in feeding Cleveland beginning in the early Twentieth Century.
Carolyn Hufford, a recent Kent State University library school graduate and Library Special Collections volunteer, crafted a montage on the Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program. Carolyn, herself a Master Gardner, and Barbara Strauss, the Library's Assistant Director for Technical Services and a market gardener, created the exhibit, Feeding Cleveland: Urban Agriculture, using photographs from the Cleveland Press Collection, The Ohio State University, Extension, Cuyahoga County, New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, and an historic collection of materials from Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
On Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., Barbara Strauss will present an illustrated talk on the history of the working men's farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens of World War II, the community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement as examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties and opportunities. Mark DiDonato, vermiculturist extraordinaire and teacher in Cleveland Public Schools, will demonstrate the construction of an indoor worm bin which is suitable for composting cooking scraps and creating outstanding soil.
The presentation will be held on the first floor of first floor of the Library and is free and open to the general public.
Call 216-875-9734 for more information.