Gardens and Greening

Gardens and Greening

Clean, Green and Beautiful

Slavic Village Development and its partners support the efforts of innovative community groups and organizations to clean, maintain and beautify vacant land properties.  If you are interested in embarking on a beautification project on a vacant land property, contact Slavic Village Development, the Cuyahoga County Landbank or the City Of Cleveland Land Bank.

Could that vacant side yard next door be part of your yard?

Cuyahoga County homeowners with a Cuyahoga Land Bank-owned vacant land adjacent to the right or left of their home may have the opportunity to purchase that property as a side yard for a nominal cost. It is the Land Bank’s intention to merge such land bank parcels with adjacent owner parcels so that the property owner’s land value is enhanced and such vacant lots are restored to the tax rolls. Programs conform to local city policy and may not be available in all communities or with all lots. If you have a Land Bank owned lot next door that you would like to purchase, visit the Cuyahoga County Landbanks Side Yard Program page. Conact Zach Germaniuk at 216-429-1182 ext 110, zachg@slavicvillage.org

Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening

Urban agriculture, more commonly known as urban gardening, includes the growing of both plants and forestry in and around cities. Urban gardening attempts to integrate these activities into the urban economic and ecological system, which includes getting urban residents involved in working the gardens.

Slavic Village Development partners with local governments as well as public and private sector organizations to use vacant land to support urban gardening where practical. We also assist community groups that want to develop and maintain gardens in targeted areas. These gardens can be a part of a broader water retention or beautification initiative, or a food distribution network and food from the gardens has the potential to be sold in one of Cuyahoga County’s numerous Farmer’s Markets. On the near west side of Cleveland, we also make Land Bank owned lots available for urban gardeners to recycle plants and yard accessories. Our gardening programs conform to local city policy and may not be available in all communities. If you are interested in embarking on an urban gardening project for a vacant property contact Marlane Weslian at 216-429-1182 ext 104, marlanew@slavicvillage.org.