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Mighty Locavores

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North Union sees the Mighty Locavores educational programming as an essential component of our efforts to champion the foods of Northeast Ohio, connect customers to local producers at our network of farmers markets, and initiate a lifetime of good eating habits in children and their families. We provide a vital component of the broader effort to address the health crisis facing so many Cleveland children.

Cleveland Metropolitan Schools:

This innovative program features a 30-40 minute classroom presentation focusing on eating healthy and local food through a STEM educational curriculum intended for grades K-2.


  • Covers geometry, geology, math and comparative thinking utilizing a simple apple
  • Interact directly with a local apple farmer.
  • Learn about how apples grow.
  • Learn about other healthy local foods grown in Ohio.
  • Develop analytical thinking by comparing local, sustainably-grown apples vs. conventionally-grown apples from outside Ohio.

Cleveland Garlic Festival Cleveland Garlic Festival takes place annually in historic Shaker Square with proceeds benefiting North Union’s markets and educational programming. There is an area at the festival dedicated to Mighty Locavores activities and education throughout the weekend.

Growing with Garlic At our markets, our Mighty Locavores programs are held in the fall to show kids how to grow garlic. Kids can plant their own cloves and take them home to grow.

Grow the Season We are expanding our Mighty Locavores programming at our markets, planting seasonal flowers, herbs and more. Check back each month to see what’s growing!
To date, over 47,000 children have participated in our program, and teachers invite us back year after year.


“Your kindness and enthusiasm paired with the knowledge and expertise related to apples and choosing food grown by local farmers made our session a huge success.” – Robert H. Jamison School, Frontrunners Wellness Head Tutor Kelli Thomas

“They were wonderful– The content, presentation and farmer were so perfect for the students and what they have been learning in school,” – Campus International Schools, Principal Julie Beers

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