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Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Friday, May 30, 2014

Join Slow Food for a Garden Celebration: June 4, 2014

Slow Food Northern Ohio will be helping Cleveland Montessori students celebrate the installation of their new Neighborhood Heritage Garden next Wednesday, June 4 from 1-3pm in Little Italy.

The Neighborhood Heritage Garden is meant to offer a glimpse into the history of Little Italy community through plants. 

In the 19th century, people who emigrated from other countries would bring plants with them to remind them of the places they had left. Many immigrants to the United States brought crop seeds from plants they grew for food, such as bean seeds; or cuttings from fruit trees; or other plants their families had grown and loved, such as roses.

The Little Italy neighborhood was once made up almost entirely of immigrants.  There were so many families and children that, at one time, there were two schools in the community.  Most people had gardens in their backyards and they grew tomatoes, herbs, eggplant, and peppers.

Today, the neighborhood has changed.  There are few gardens, there is more ethnic diversity, and Cleveland Montessori is the only school in the neighborhood.  Some families who live in the neighborhood send their children to Cleveland Montessori and have gone to the previous school, Holy Rosary, themselves.

Although the neighborhood has changed since it was first established, there are people who have lived in the community their whole lives. Students have interviewed a number of local residents and organizations and have done a great deal of research to create a beautiful garden honoring the rich heritage of the Little Italy community.

Celebrate Cleveland Montessori's Neighborhood Heritage Garden!

When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 1-3pm

Location: The corner of E 120th and Mayfield Road. The garden is next to Cleveland Montessori School. Parking is available on E 120th at the church/school parking lot.

Students will speak about the work that went into their garden project. Signs with stories from the community will have been added as permanent fixtures in the garden. Light fare and refreshments will be provided. 

Slow Food will also have free seeds available for you to take home and plant in your own garden!

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