The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it recognizes the Ohio City Farm in Cleveland, Ohio has a national model for urban agriculture.

The announcement came after “Ann Bartuska, deputy under secretary for USDA’s research, education and economics, toured the farm and announced the formation of an inner-departmental Urban Agriculture Working Group.”

Inter-department agencies that specialize in agriculture statistics, food insecurity, health and research are part of the working group that will prop up efforts to further activate agriculture in urban cores, such as soil remediation and supporting infrastructure.

The Ohio City Farm is one of the largest contiguous urban farms in the United States. It sets a standard for revitalizing neighborhoods by repurposing underutilized land, fostering local food production and consumption, improving nutrition and increasing health food accessibility for low-income residents, Bartuska said.

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