Green City Growers
Launched in 2008 by a working group of Cleveland-based institutions (including the Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, and the municipal government), the Evergreen Cooperative Initiative is working to create living-wage jobs in six low-income neighborhoods, with a median household income below $18,500, in an area known as Greater University Circle.
The initiative was designed to create an economic breakthrough in Cleveland. Rather than a trickle-down strategy, it focuses on economic inclusion and building a local economy from the ground up. Rather than offering public subsidy to induce corporations to bring what are often low-wage jobs into the city, the Evergreen strategy calls for catalyzing new businesses, owned by their employees. The Evergreen Initiative first creates the jobs, and then recruits and trains local residents to fill them.
Green City Growers, one part of this initiative, produces tasty, nutrient-rich, pesticide-free produce year-round. Capitalizing on a custom built, state-of-the art greenhouse, they produce millions of heads of lettuce and specialty greens and hundreds of thousands of pounds of herbs and micro-greens every year. They are proud to be ranked as the largest food-production greenhouse in a core urban area in the United States.
Their mission is to transform lives and local neighborhoods by creating green jobs and building financial assets for residents of underserved neighborhoods. The employees are also part owners, sharing in the profits of this cooperative venture. That means they have every motivation to provide our customers with excellent service.