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Lori S
Duke Avenue
(Detroit Shoreway)
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the project

Watching a neighborhood bloom is an exciting thing. The revitalization and rebirth of the Detroit Shoreway is one of the most exciting things blooming in Cleveland. We're adding a little "green power" to the neighborhood in the form of a community garden and greenhouse. 

Utilizing several parcels on Duke Avenue, Duke Farms hopes to give birth to a true neighborhood site. Neighbors are welcome to gather during the spring, summer and fall and plant fruits, vegetables and herbs or perhaps learn about indoor gardening through the Farm's greenhouse. The site will also include a brand new beehive for fresh honey down the road and 30 raised beds for our neighbors to garden.

Appreciating the need for local sustainable food, Duke Farms will also be an avenue for local restaurants and business to obtain the freshest greens avaialble and provide fresh produce to the local food banks. 


the steps

Week of March 1: Secure contractor to build greenhouse

April 1: Have the soil tested by the Ohio State University Extension Program.

April 1: Purchase a 6 x12 or 6 x 16 greenhouse and secure a permit for the building through Cleveland's building department. Register beehive with the city of Cleveland.

Week of April 1: Add greenhouse shelving.

Week of April 15: Purchase lumber for 30 garden beds and construct beds on site.

Week of May 1: Add soil to beds and other portions of property that require additional soil.


why we're doing it

Duke Farms is located in an area that has undergone a signifigant resurgence. While this is certainly a plus for the area, it has also means the loss of many longstanding community members and an influx of residents who might feel like outsiders.

This community garden is the perfect way to put new and existing residents together in a communal area for a productive environmental project: Meet, greet, teach and learn how to garden and grow your own food. It's neighbors teaching neighbors, growing your own food and sharing it with those on your street and in your community. Let's make this a year-round project (did I hear the words "Christmas Get Together?") for true nieghborhood bonding. 

The farm is a rare opportunity to use and create green space in an urban area.

And we're hoping to do good! Surplus food will be offered to area food banks. 


8 x 16 greenhouse for year-round growing: $1645

Labor to construct greenhouse: $500

30 4x4 raised beds for community gardening: $300

Containers for individual plants: $100

Quality soil for garden beds/planting: $500

Greenhouse shelving: $245


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