Green Corps is an urban agricultural work-study program for high school teens that was started in 1996 by the Cleveland Botanical Garden, now a part of Holden Forests & Gardens with the Holden Arboretum. For over 20 years, we have employed over 1,000 youth who work at urban farms in the Midtown, Slavic Village, Fairfax and Buckeye-Woodland communities.
At the heart of Green Corps is the nearly 1,000 local teens who have participated in the program throughout the years. Green Corps employs area youth who work part-time in the summer at one of four urban learning farms. The program teaches valuable job and leadership skills, including professional communication with the public at farmer’s markets, as well as life skills like participating in the annual Freshtoberfest cook-off and an end-of-the-season career day. Click here to learn more about Green Corps’ student development efforts.
Through farm tours, community plots, educational opportunities and involvement with local partners, Green Corps has become a reliable resource for local Clevelanders for over 20 years. Beyond being a provider of fresh local produce in an urban food desert, the program serves the community by providing job and life skills for local teens and engaging a broader audience with a partnership with the Cleveland Indians through bed management at Progressive Field. Click here to learn more about Green Corps’ work within the community.
As urban greenspaces, Green Corps’ four urban farms in Cleveland communities offer unique opportunities for research in a variety of fields. Partnering with The Ohio State University, Green Corps Central and Midtown farms were recently used for urban agriculture pollinator research, with a focus on urban bee nesting and pollination services. For more information on this research, click here.
Green Corps Learning Farms Locations:
Buckeye Learning Farm
11305 Woodland Ave
Cleveland, OH 44104
Fairfax Learning Farm
2335 E 79th St.
Cleveland, OH 44104
Midtown Learning Farm
1945 E 66th St.
Cleveland, OH 44103
Slavic Village Learning Farm
5406 Fleet Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44105
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM, PLEASE EMAIL GREENCORPS@HOLDENFG.ORG.