Welcome to the Vineyards and Biocellar of Château Hough
Starting in May of 2010, weeds were burned off of the three-quarter acre inner-city site, the ground was turned over and topsoil was trucked in. A small army of volunteers, both chidlren and adults, from the surrounding community and local nearby institutions helped to plant the vines and performed other tasks.
The vineyard is comprised of 294 vines, set in 14 rows, 21 plants per row; half Frontenac, half Traminette, both cold-hardy varieties of winemaking grapes. A usable yield will be produced by 2013.
The heavy lifting (cutting down trees and constructing the trellis super-structure), however, was done by residents of a nearby halfway house, augmented on occasion by work crews performing court-imposed community service. Grass was planted in the rows by mid-September...on time and under budget.
The master plan is to establish enough vineyards in Cleveland so that the ultimate goal of building an inner-city winery becomes a reality. However, even if the winery never comes to pass, the effort of rebuilding the community, and the new friends made in the process, has made the project very worthwhile.
Immediately adjacent, and to the north of, Château Hough is an abandoned house which will be converted into a BioCellar. A BioCellar is a passive solar greenhouse with a below-grade level derived from the foundation remnant of a derelict building. Ecological design and biological equity--just access to and distribution of basic resources-- are integral to BioCellar design and function. This below grade growing environment is suitable for aquaponics (fish and crop propagation). We will begin with mushrooms, and expand to aquaponics in another building situated immediately west of the vineyard. A member of the team that created and designed the biocellar, biologist Jean Loria, is partnering with us on the project.
This project is an off shoot of the Vineyards of Château Hough and is an effort to expand the notion of repurposing land, decreasing the food vacuum, creating opportunities and develop skills in specific populations.
"I believe that you shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one." Attributed to Majora Carter
To view the Vineyards and Biocellar of Château Hough May, 2010 - present see below
- Château Hough May, 2010
- Château Hough June, 2010
- Château Hough July, 2010
- Château Hough August, 2010
- Château Hough September, 2010
- Château Hough September, 2010 Continued
- Château Hough October, 2010
- Château Hough 2011
- Château Hough 2012
- Château Hough 2012 Continued
- Château Hough, After the Harvest Oct. 26, 2012
This project is funded in part by grants from Neighborhood Connections, a program of the Cleveland FoundationClick this link to visit Neighborhood Connections and view Fall 2010 Grant Recipients