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Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

Visionary Leader, Extraordinary Life

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October 01st 2012:Envisioning Community Gardens, Pioneering a Food Revolution: The Inspiring Vision of Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman

When Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman sees an empty city lot, he sees a potential garden, a community ready to happen – and the promise of a food revolution. Over the past 16 years, Cimperman has brought international recognition to Cleveland as a pioneer in passing urban farm zoning legislation at a time when no other city in the U.S. has done so. The champion of gardeners and advocate of “food justice” sees himself as deeply in service to the citizens of Cleveland who “educated” him about how to help them protect urban gardens on vacant lots – and protect communities in doing so.

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Joe Cimperman

Councilman Joe Cimperman has served on Cleveland City Council since 1997. He has focused his efforts as Councilman on the revitalization of the community he represents. His vision entails an interconnected, diverse and self-supporting community and he believes that culture and the arts must be at the epicenter of that community, serving as an engine for economic development in Cleveland. Councilman Cimperman has worked diligently to create new block clubs, strengthen existing ones and to foster a sense of community. He is also a champion of neighborhood issues, sponsoring legislation for a variety of improvements. He has been a very vocal and visible advocate for urban farming, fresh produce
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