School of Urban Affairs FORUM

Feeding Cleveland

Wednesday May 6, 2009
4 to 6 p.m.
Thomas F. Campbell, Ph.D. Exhibition Gallery
School of Urban Affairs, Atrium
Glickman-Miller Hall
1717 Euclid Avenue
Barbara Strauss, Assistant Director for Technical Services, CSU Library “Feeding Cleveland”
About This Exhibition
A recurring theme in 20th century Cleveland that continues to the present day is that during difficult economic periods communities of people have come together to raise food crops on city land.
The working men’s farms during the Great Depression, the victory gardens during World War II, community gardens established during the years of urban renewal, and the present day market gardeners of the local food movement, all provide examples of revivals of urban agriculture as a response to economic difficulties. As more and more people try to stretch their budgets during this recession, some are turning to the back yard as the place to look for food.
The exhibit features images of commercial greenhouses, victory gardens, work relief gardens, community gardens and the Cleveland Public School Horticulture Program. This exhibit and the Feeding Cleveland website were the work project of Carolyn Hufford, Master Gardener and graduate librarian, who volunteered hundreds of hours selecting, digitizing, and cataloging the resources found there.
More photographs, e-books and other information can be found at
Exhibit runs from May 1 through August 31, 2009 in the Campbell Gallery. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.