Stearns Homestead farm in Parma partners with Cleveland Crops to create urban farm

Developmentally disabled adults to work on farm

PARMA, Ohio - Historic Stearns Homestead farm in Parma has partnered with Cleveland Crops to create an urban farm in Ohio's seventh largest city.

Cleveland Crops, created by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, was designed to help provide agricultural training to adults with developmental disabilities, improve urban environments and increase access to healthy, locally grown food.

"This latest partnership opportunity allows us to expand our urban farming venture into a part of Cuyahoga County that it has not yet reached, and we think it fits ideally with the city's Stearns Homestead," said Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities superintendent and CEO Kelly Petty. "We have 8 to 15 men and women who have developmental disabilities who look forward to beginning to make this site flourish in May."

Cleveland Crops operates eight sites across the county. Fruits and vegetables grown on 17 acres at Stearns Homestead will be sold to restaurants and farmers' markets, including farmers' markets held at Stearns.

"This is an exciting time for Stearns Homestead," said Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter. "This will further enhance the unique experience Stearns offers people and perhaps make it even more of a destination for families. It is another step in remaking a vital corridor in Parma that includes the redevelopment of the mall and the construction of the new library."

Stearns Homestead is owned by the city of Parma and operated by the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS).

"We are thrilled with this partnership," said PAHS president Ruth Fay. "It'll compliment and build upon what we already offer residents."

For more information on Stearns Homestead, visit http://www.stearnshomestead.com . Opening day at the farm is May 19.

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