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Cuyahoga County has made progress in building the infrastructure for local food production. There are 56 acres of urban land where 200 community gardens and 20 urban farms are producing $2.6 to 3 million from fresh produce per year.

What Communities Can Do?

  • Set a local procurement goal (for food grown within 150 miles) for city food services. Cleveland Heights has an ordinance requiring the city to consider purchasing local and Fair Trade foodv 
  • Permit animals — A number of local communities are revisiting restrictions on farm animals in residential areas. Cleveland’s zoning code allows chickens, ducks, rabbits, bees, goats, and other livestock under certain condition