With the partnership of the Cleveland Browns Foundation and the Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc., the Browns were able to help create nylon-mesh garden bags -- known as Garden Soxx -- for local families.
“We feel it is extremely important to shed light on the great work taking place in this neighborhood,” said Renee Harvey, vice president of community outreach for the Browns. “This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Cleveland community, but I guarantee it’s not for long with the work Burten, Bell, Carr is doing along with the great community partners in the area. This place is going to be flourishing. They’ve only accomplished 10 percent of what they have in store for this community, so we cannot wait to see and we’re glad to be a part of it from the first stages.”
The portable compost-filled nylon-mesh Garden Soxx contain enough vegetation for an entire growing season, and come with cook books for cooking with the fresh produce and herbs, as well as tips on canning the vegetables, all of which will be delivered to local families.
The goal is the teach members of the community how to grow their own vegetables which can help save money and build healthier lifestyles.
Tim Tramble, the executive director of Burten, Bell, Carr Development, described the project as a “transformation of the neighborhood.”
“We’re here at the gateway of the Urban Agriculture Innovation Zone, and the bricks that are on the foundation of the sign are from the old Garden Valley Estates, so it represents the history of where we were and where we’re headed,” Tramble said. “This is the transformation. We’re taking what was known as the forgotten triangle and we’re converting it to an urban agricultural oasis.
“I’m really happy as I look around and see the Cleveland Browns in the poorest neighborhood in the city of Cleveland volunteering. It’s just a wonderful, fun-filled event and you’re doing something purposeful at the same time. We really appreciate them. We love them. We’re going to root for them, and we’re glad that they’re rooting for our neighborhoods.”
During the afternoon, the Browns’ 2013 rookie class joined local volunteers and advocates to support the Backyard Gardens Program. They spread mulch, loaded Garden Soxx bags and greeted members of the community.
“We just feel like it’s a good way to learn more about the community and learn about the city that we’re going to be living in,” said outside linebacker