In NE Ohio it’s not too difficult to participate in the farm-to-table, buy-local movement on a reasonable budget: milk, cheese, ice cream, craft beer, bread, etc. So, it’s no surprise to learn from a recent Crain's Cleveland Business article by Jeremy Nobile that the number of Ohio-based wineries has increased from 89 ten years ago to 265 last year, including a mission driven, urban core winery—The Vineyards and Biocellar of Château Hough—in CLE that grows grapes on less than one acre of land.
A couple of other wineries highlighted in the article include Ferrante Winery & Ristorante in Geneva, Ohio (east of Cleveland, on the shores of Lake Erie)...
...and Gervasi Vinyard in Canton, Ohio (south of Akron and roughly equidistant between Cleveland and Pittsburgh). The vineyard is Tuscany-inspired, which makes sense since the Codospoti family grew grapes on a farm in Italy before immigrating to the U.S.
The article also mentions some service and education providers including the wine degree program of Kent State University’s Ashtabula campus and Bacchus Vineyard & Winery Services (see David Popp, consultant/proprietor, pictured earlier in article).
Lastly, if anyone wants to find a winery to visit in Ohio, then browse the Catch Wine website as it has a handy dynamic map and list by town.
I've talked previously about Gearin’ Up Bicycles, an early-stage nonprofit in which I’m a board member. It’s a phenomenal organization that combines a passion for bicycling and sustainable transportation with a desire to help those in need at the grassroots level: in this case, underserved and at-risk youth in Washington D.C. (scalable to other cities).
Gearin’ Up is gaining traction and support by generous individuals and organizations including Silicon Valley stalwart Salesforce.com via its philanthropic arm, Salesforce Foundation, and nonprofits such as Bikes for the World.
As a GenXer, I’ve been inspired and motivated by the founders: Millennials, social entrepreneurs, and athletes (bicycling, running, swimming) including our energetic leader (yes, she bicycled across the country) and chief bicycling officer (aka executive director/CEO), Katie Lupo.
So, if our mission resonates with you or your organization, then please message me, Katie, or Gearin' Up Bicycles (info@GearinUpBicycles.org) directly to discuss how you can get involved (volunteer/outreach, board/committee member, donor). You can also follow Gearin' Up on Facebook.
And, if our mission about advocating a healthy sustainable lifestyle via bicycling and helping underserved and at-risk youth doesn't align with your values – then contact us anyway and we can provide guidance on how you, too, can make a difference as a social entrepreneur (spoiler alert, to quote Nike: Just Do It! ).