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* Certified Organic?
* Certified Organic?
* Annmarie Borucki may be able to help
* Annmarie Borucki may be able to help
* Brian Ellison can help connect us   
* Brian Ellison can help connect us
* Cleveland and NYC have guidelines  
==== Menu Planning ====
==== Menu Planning ====

Latest revision as of 15:09, 8 August 2012

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Work Plan


Zoning and codes

  • Does zoning allow this activity?
  • What health codes might apply?
  • Is Earth Central's tax ID sufficient for doing this kind of business?
  • How could we work with the city and other entities to ensure success? Demonstration project
  • Certified Organic?
  • Annmarie Borucki may be able to help
  • Brian Ellison can help connect us
  • Cleveland and NYC have guidelines

Menu Planning

Specialty menus

  • Annual planning process
  • Seasonal planning quarterly
  • Start with Winter 2012-2013
  • Featured items
  • Cost, price, quantity needed
  • Menu description and story
  • 2013 specialty menu plan by month
  • Planting plan bound to menu plan
  • Chef's gardens, economic and quality benefits
  • Ask Charles and FoodLabs for help

Conceptual Planting Plan Version 1.0

First potential crops

  • Feasibility
  • Timing
  • Economic
  • Maintenance
  • Test planting?
  • Planting plan bound to menu plan

Pilot Implementation

Menu + Infrastructure + Growing + Harvest/Use

  • Start with small scale of each component

Growing Environment

Structural impact

  • Water harvest, storage, and use
  • Media and containers
  • Covering(s)/season extension measures/shade/ventilation

Crop management

  • Fertility
  • Integrated pest management/crop health
  • Production schedules
  • Energy needed (labor, power)
  • Could it ever be more than just plants? Bees-Ask Gwen Meyers-Lafayette Greens? Chickens? Fish? Worms? Black Soldier Fly larvae?

Pilot one smaller area for first season before deploying larger scale operations


  • Value of supporting local good food movement
  • True costs of food (nutritional, energy, environmental, social, political)
  • Costs to produce food vs. dollar value of crops
  • Must be profitable for all three: MCBW, Green Garage, Earth Central
  • Life cycle of all materials and systems


  • Demonstrates next generation of "farm-to-plate" relationship. Special recipes.
  • Conduct demonstration tours..showing sustainable urban agriculture
  • Allow sitting area for Green Garage ... Businesses in Residence...and ways they can participate
  • Next generation partnering with MCBW...symbiotic interdependence...compost cycle...spent grain?
  • Next generation works on the farm...students


  • MCBW customers learn about foods and how their food is grown
  • GG visitors, volunteers and regulars see what it takes to grow sustainably
  • Hands on learning for those who learn best by doing
  • Connection to natural seasons and cycles
  • Students learn how to work with nature and with communities
  • How to communicate and receive feedback


  • Bloody Mary menu items
  • Ingredients for drinks
  • Everybody goes in there for beer, only some order food
  • Contact Mind, Body, and Spirits former owners
  • Traffic Jam rooftop grower
  • 3 Season room could be used to display what's growing up top
  • Mushrooms in the basement or elsewhere in the building, especially in winter
  • Social and other media