HOOPER FARM, EST. 1994, in tremont - eric hooper

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HOOPER FARM, EST. 1994,

TREMONT GREEN HOUSE

ORGANIC VEGETABLES - HERBS - FLOWERS-
MUSHROOMS - COMPOST-
CATERING & FUNDRAISERS AND MORE
216.861.5224  -  2835 WEST 11TH ST.,
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CLEVELAND, OHIO 44113
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The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative -
Eric Hooper wants to do a greenhouse raising that night. He has a farm at the southern end. Kind of like a farm raising, but a greenhouse raising, to celebrate the fact that agriculture is flourishing in the city. Eric’s been there since, I think 1999, so he has an established farm in the city.
 

Bridge Mix Part of the Tremont ArtWalk mix is this event Fri 10/10 from 6 - 11PM. at the West 11th St. pedestrian bridge in Tremont. A one-night outdoor celebration, Bridge Mix features the Cleveland Urban Design Collective, Gallery U-Haul, Alex Tapie & Wes Johansen, plus live tunes from Miss Melvis and the Buford Pusser Experience. Check out stargazing, cultural dances, music, storytellers and Capoeira; nosh and bevvies by Gypsy Beans, produce from Hooper's Farm and more. No cost, open to the public. West 11th Street bridge is two blocks south of Lincoln Park on West 11th St. (one block north of Clark Field). http://www.myspace.com/popupcleveland.

 

 
10.Eric Hooper: Need to get down to business on land use and new City laws (let councilman know if you need land), winter production, high school agricultural programs, TriC new classes.
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Thanks, Guy. I went by today. There is a for sale sign near the yard, but I can't tell if it is for the farm or for a lot next to it. 

Dirty dealing on West 11th?

  It looks to me, after a quick check on the auditor's site that there is some dirty land dealing going down on West 11th St.  West 11th St. properties/Civic Builders is acquiring properties near and around Clark Field.  I don't know Mr. Hooper, but I sure hope that he will not be subjected to the Frank Giglio treatment. 

When there is a shadow development project in the works--the CDCs take on the role of steamroller, crushing the little people in their way.  How they justify this behavior is beyond me. 

I know that the Towpath Trail is part of this long range plan, but this greater good certainly does not justify destroying people's lives.  I hope that we will see some tranparency on this project.
 

Civic Builders is known for

Civic Builders is known for buying whatever they can to stick up a box on a stump.  Hooper had better watch out.  I was down over there last month and saw the sign but did not know why it was there.  Civic also is known for stacking one box on top of another and it blocks the light in some areas so Eric  could find his farm with no sun light.

Now, Tremont West is currently propogating that they support Eric's farm but that could change. 

Bulldozing house on my

Bulldozing house on my street today.  It was strange to see the house getting demolished.  I don't know why.  But, let's hope that it was not a home that someone lost to foreclosure.  Too much of that going on in this area. 

Who is getting these demo contracts?

  That would be my question Ward14...a perfectly good garage was demolished at 3206 Mapledale last week--a HUD-owned house.
 

How and where can that

How and where can that information be found?  I have no idea?  I know people wanted boarded up housing to be sold or repaired and I guess demolished if beyond repair.  It would be nice to know why the house was destroyed and what will become of the property.  A house a few doors from me, across the street, was torn down last year and the empty space still sits there looking rather forlorn as it is not being used for anything, it is just an empty lot.  Is this an omen of things to come?

Address?

  I will look it up for you--or you can look it up at the Cuyahoga County Auditor's site--Email me by clicking on my name and you will have the option to contact me privately.
 

not good place to grow produce.

I know people that live in that area that had their soil tested and it came back as contaminated with heavy metals!

Plants can actively transport heavy metals, that is not a good place for a farm!

Its so obvious that water caries minerals and into plants tissue, some can be metabolized that ability varies by the plant.

People are reluctant to eat fish from the lake, but will eat vegetables grown near a steal mill?

That’s is so Unwise people.

 

 

greenhouse

Hoopers also has a green house. Not being dumb, I am sure that the soil has been tested for lead both in the greenhouse and garden.

I try to imagine watching dogs play with ugly condos in the background. I am also angry because that area has been long neglected, and now that we have a dog park, and the fields in general have been cleaned up, suddenly we may have a place that is acceptable to take over and build expensive housing that will be tax abated.

the stuff they built over

the stuff they built over there is ugly, most of it, unsympathetic to the existing architecture. 

I still wonder about growing in that location, plants vary in there ability to metabolize what falls on them and end up in the soil. That areas has ongoing particulate problems the homes have dust on them don’t they? The person I know that had the soil tested had the yard excavated, he has children. They scrapped it down and then dropped new top soil.

Its not a matter of being smart, there simply is not that much research being done on it, we know what is in the soot because people take samples.

All plants are not the same, some retain water and can even store what is in the water within their tissue.

I would love to take look at the wild plants that grow in that area, they may have mutated do that exposure over the years.

The lambs quarter and chickweed is mutating from exposure to the glycophosphate, what does exposure to discharge from the steal mills do?

Dumb is relative terms isn’t it…

Know anyone that can address cellular ATP and related translocation within environments that have documented high toxicity? Maybe Vinki but Hooper? Well Maybe?

 

Vinki

 Vinki knows atom to atom transfer of something or another. Doubt he knows cellular ATP but he may know someone who does.

Food production anywhere (corrected)

  I lived in Tremont and the soil is like black soot. Even, during the most polluted time in Tremont's history, there have been backyard gardens
churning out vegetables, flowers, fruit and a few chickens and rabbits, too.  I worked a garden plot for three years (until terrorized by TWDC and the adjacent owner). 

Go down Tremont St. across from the school and you can see townhouses now.  I trucked in three cubic yards of soil, but before I arrived, the site hosted it's own harvest of horseradish, salsify, epazote, jersalem artichoke, costmary, tansy and potherbs like lamb's quarters and chickweed.  Victor, who was Hopi and spoke Spanish, lived next door to the vacant lot and he planted his corn and peppers there, too.

There were a number of mysterious spurges that also grew on the site that were harvested by the old timers.  Because these folks were OLD-TIMERS, I have to believe that they did not obsess about the toxins in the soils.  They just got on with life. 

 

People eat Cuyahoga River fish

  People eat Cuyahoga River fish and Lake Erie fish every day.  Health advisories don't change that reality.  Some folks just don't care, when they have to put food on the table.   We like to think that everyone can just head down to the nearest Whole Foods...but it doesn't work that way.
 

The Urban Gardner recipe

The Urban Gardner recipe book, skim the oil from the river to coat the pan, then add 2 lbs of two headed carp slimy skin and all, cook until the stench is overwhelming serve on the hood of the 1970 Grand Torino abandoned in your yard, leave the soot on the hood for extra flavor, garish with chickweed pulled from the cracks around the oil stains in the driveway.

This dish meets or exceed your annual limit of acceptable levels of exposure of known toxins by EPA standards.

Warning will cause immediate health risks and may cause genetic mutations, that result in abnormal anatomy and physiology and shortened live spans.

i live on the perimeter

 of Clark Field. Its like a big crater. I'm told it used to be a big lake - the Army Corp of Engineers drained it during the war to use as an army encampment.

But the factories huff and puff and all that crap settles in our yards.

The idea that gardens have always been in Tremont is a nice one - but hang out on the streets overlooking the crater and check out the long-time residents.

You'll note multiple incidences of mental retardation, deformities and quite frankly a lot of violent behavior. Its the perfect place for a study.

Most mornings when we step out our door my three year old says "yuck" and screws up his little face. we're moving back home soon.

Clark Field and the Lake

  The area around Clark Field was/is part of the enormous Cuyahoga River floodplain--it was a wetland and marshy area that attracted wildlife and mosquitos and collected large amounts of water during heavy rains (hence the "lake" memories). 

The soils made/make for perfect muck farming.   In my neighborhood, Brooklyn Centre--we had similar tributaries and scenic valleys.  These little ravines, valleys, stream runs were the first areas to become the dumping grounds for early settlers.  The east side tributaries were especially desecrated.  See also: Kingsbury Run, Morgana Run, Burke Brook.
 

See this historic map: http://www.cuyahogariverrap.org/tribs.html

hooper has a photo

and it was a big lake, not a puddle.

actually, he has a lot of interesting information - go check him out...

Didn't say a puddle...

But, it most certainly was not a lake....a large pond...maybe...I have a meeting in the works with Mr. Hooper.  Thanks. 
 

Ice PONDs

There were a number of LARGE ice ponds in Northeast Ohio--Walter's Grove in Parma is a great place to see how these dammed up creeks were used to supply ice to area businesses.  You can still see how the water carved out a basin.  There were a number of ice ponds around Tremont, too.  Notably, along the now buried Walworth Run.  I never heard of an ice pond at Clark Field area...but it would not be unusual for the late 1800s.