The Cleveland Botanical Garden started its illustrious Green Corp program back in 1996 to leverage two of Cleveland’s most valuable and underutilized resources: vacant land and teenagers. By starting and maintaining productive gardens in inner city neighborhoods, the Green Corp program is not only creating green public space that helps to beautify urban areas, but is also employing and empowering inner city kids.
Through the Green Corp program, teenagers learn how to construct and maintain productive gardens (which are basically small urban farms), and then sell the produce that they rear from the earth. They learn gardening and business skills, in addition to the benefits of hard work, leadership, and teamwork. They can then take what they learn in the Green Corp back home to their families and friends.
On August 21st, Mayor Jackson visited the Green Corp’s 5th urban garden in Fairfax to celebrate the program’s success and the work of the teenagers that make it all happen.
The speakers in the video include Rob (a Green Corp participant), Mamie Mitchell (Cleveland councilwoman), Mayor Frank Jackson, and Ruth Eppig (president of the Board at the Cleveland Botanical Garden).
To learn more about the Green Corp program in Cleveland, click here.
Note: So, although seemingly simplistic, this video has been a terror to make. I edited a beautiful video of this on iMovie, with a soundtrack and everything, but for some reason, when I loaded it to YouTube, only the audio would transfer over. So, I have resorted to this video that I edited on FlipShare (which does not have many editing options, unfortunately). I will continue troubleshooting with the more finished iMovie version and I’ll post that as soon as I can.