CLEVELAND — The city’s Central neighborhood is set to open the largest urban garden in the nation.
The Green City Growers Cooperative is a 3.25 acre greenhouse roughly the size of three football fields and located at 5800 Diamond Avenue. The garden will officially open on Monday, February 25 at 9 a.m., with tours beginning at 11 a.m. Mayor Frank Jackson and Senator Sherrod Brown, along with 25 greenhouse employees, will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening.
The garden will operate as a year-round greenhouse and will produce more than 3 million heads of lettuce and 300,000 pounds of herbs annually. Vendors within a 50-mile radius of the garden will have access to produce grown in the garden. The greenhouse began growing lettuce on January 16, and is already producing 60,000 heads of lettuce per week.
The Green City Growers Cooperative is the third business to join Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperatives network, which the Cleveland Foundation helped to launch four years ago as part of the Greater University Circle Initiative.