Celebrate local food, community, and culture as we highlight 13 community gardens and urban farms in Greater Cleveland during this year’s Urban Harvest Garden Tour. Bring your family and friends and discover what community gardeners and urban farmers are doing to transform our neighborhoods and our lives.

Kickoff

We’ll start off the tour at one of the oldest and largest Community Gardens in Cleveland.

Ben Franklin Community Garden, just behind Ben Franklin School (1905 Spring Rd.) in Old Brooklyn, grows more than just vegetables -- including apple, cherry, pear, and peach trees! This Cleveland landmark garden donated 6,000 pounds of produce in last year, alone!

Join us at 9am, Saturday August 15th, for the Garden Tour’s opening celebration and a speech by Mayor Frank Jackson.

Lolly the Trolley departs from Ben Franklin at 10am.

Design Your Tour

So many gardens, so little time...

We have three suggested manners of touring the gardens and corner stores. All fun! In no particular order:

Lolly the Trolley: Two 2-hour guided tours, departing at 10am and Noon from Ben Franklin. All free.

Bike Tour: What better pace and power source? Two choices for guided rides, starting from the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op at 10am.

Self-Guided: Download and print out our excellent map, choose your route and mode of transportation, and DIY!

Maps

Online

Find your way around the Tour gardens and corner stores using the embedded Google Maps on our Gardens Map page.

Printable

Download and print the official Urban Harvest Garden Tour Map (4.7 MB PDF) to take with you.

Many thanks to the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative for creating the map and Urban Harvest logo!

Feeding Cleveland Exhibit

An exhibit capturing the recurring theme of people coming together to raise food crops on city land in 20th century Cleveland -- with images of commercial greenhouses, victory gardens, work relief gardens, community gardens and Cleveland Public Schools Horticulture Program.

Now in the Thomas F. Campbell Gallery, Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs. Free and open to the public.

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