Gardener Story: Stanard Farm, St Clair Superior headquarter location
Cleveland Crops is a job training program of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and S.A.W., Inc. The organization currently farms 40 acres at ten locations throughout Cuyahoga County providing employment for 65 people.
Stanard Elementary School was built in 1885 at 5342 Stanard Road, close to the East 55th and St Clair Avenue intersection. Stanard School was closed in 1964 after the chimney collapsed as a result of being hit by lightning. The original building was acquired by the Land Bank in 2008; it was taken down by the deconstruction company A Piece of Cleveland and was conveyed to CCBDD’s Cleveland Crops in 2009.
Stanard is a 2 ½ acre urban farm where Cleveland Crops trains adults with developmental disabilities for employment in agriculture and food production. The one story 9,000 sq.ft. Terrence M. Ryan Agriculture Education Center houses the offices of the Ohio State Extension, a large training classroom; with a commercial food processing facility at the rear. There is a 1.1 acre farm field dedicated to growing a wide range of vegetables, flowers, herbs and selected fruits and two 20’ X 72’ hoop houses for year-round growing. The 15,000 sq.ft. greenhouse on the north side of Stanard Road is used to propagate seeds for all forty acres farmed by Cleveland Crops; and is also used for year-round growing of herbs and vegetables for customers.
One hundred individuals will be trained and employed through Cleveland Crops, half in farming and half in value-added food processing .The vegetables and herbs they grow are purchased by restaurants, the Fresh Fork program, country clubs etc. Cleveland Crops is a provider of fresh vegetables and herbs for all Zach Bruell’s restaurants Cleveland Crops provides vegetables for 100 households through their Community Supported Agriculture program.
Following training through Cleveland Crops, individuals seek employment throughout the county in food and agriculture related jobs.
Cleveland Crops and its Executive Director Rich Hoban have been proud sponsors of GardenWalk Cleveland from its beginning in 2011.