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Hear about Cleveland’s urban agriculture innovation zone at PRCHN seminar July 13

How does a community development corporation (CDC) help transform vacant lots into farmland?

Hear from Sherita Mullins and Jeff Sugalski of Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. at the next Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods seminar as they discuss how their CDC led to the creation of a master plan for the Kinsman neighborhood.

The 28-acre urban agriculture zone was established to encourage creative agricultural activities and currently includes Rid-All Green Partnership’s urban farm and the Kinsman Farm, a farming incubator that provides one-quarter-acre plots plots for local gardeners trying to scale up their production capacity.

As the facilitator of the zone, Burten, Bell, Carr’s role is to promote the district, attract resources, plan and prepare for future development, assemble privately owned properties, and act as a unified voice for the entities operating within the zone.

Mullins’ and Sugalski’s presentation will focus on several of Burten, Bell, Carr’s initiatives designed to improve access to healthy foods in the Kinsman neighborhood.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, July 13, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the ground floor conference room of the BioEnterprise Building.

Parking is available and a light lunch is served. Contact Susan Petrone at for more information.