Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood is getting a green thumb

CLEVELAND - In the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, stands an empty grassy lot at the corner of West 41st and Memphis Avenue.

An old elementary school once stood tall at this spot teaching young and old about life's great wonders. Now, another great thing will take its place.

An urban farm and community garden will soon be in prospering here ,providing folks with fresh vegetables, job training and community support. The garden will have among other things, a poultry building for fresh egg sales, a rain water retention pool,two greenhouses, and eight crop fields.

The city of Cleveland, along with Koinonia, an organization that helps people who have disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling lives, are elated that this project is under way.

"There's going to be greenhouses. There's not going to be any chemicals or pesticides. It's all going to be environmentally safe," said Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Kelly.

The project will bring jobs and growth to the community, a thing neighbors are happy to see, like Crain Smith, a resident who lives a few houses down from the new site.

"It'll be good for the kids to see that stuff and the neighborhood to get exposed a little bit more of the agriculture and how our food works," Smith said.

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