Rid-All Farm – Through a Son’s Eyes





Aaron Durden (Ben Keymah)


     Deep beneath the forgotten triangle, land of the 2016 NBA Champions, sizing only three square acres wide, there was RID-ALL (Cleveland, OH). “Redeeming Integrity and Determination for All Mankind”. This, just happens to be my father’s farm. At RID-ALL, the objective is to reclaim the land for growing fruits and vegetables by creating rich organic soil from what used to be waste, but are now the beginning elements to life. The compost consists of items such as coffee, mulch, fruits, vegetables, and other great contributors to making the soil extremely rich.

     Aside from growing, there is much more done at the farm which is exerting great vibrations and energy to the historically violent community. The representation of the campus is a lovely site filled with large sunflowers, beautiful tulips, and even a canvas tepee! The campus also features a pond, picnic area, several tree houses, basketball courts for family and staff to play, and multiple hoop houses. A hoop house is a series of large hoops or bows made of metal, plastic pipe or wood covered with a layer of heavy greenhouse plastic. The plastic is stretched tight, fastened to baseboards and then heated by the sun and cooled by the wind.

     RID-ALL also serves as a regional training center of the Milwaukee-based organization, Growing Power, offering training and educational activities. These activities contribute to the community by placing emphasis on the value of environmental stewardship. This isn’t a place for locals exclusively, but for anyone who feels the need to live for and know a better way of living. Also, across the street from the site there is a fish farm currently underway where fish are naturally grown and sold. Off the record, I have to note that the fish feature a very exquisite and unique fresh taste that I hope you all will experience soon!      So you might be wondering, where do I stand among all of this? Well, as I said before I am son of one of three RID-ALL founders, Keymah Durden. There is so much opportunity here at RID-ALL, but my sole aspiration is to continue out my father’s teachings and own my greenhouse. The ideal is to be able to have bundles of fruits and vegetables grown none else than in my own greenhouse backyard. Sustaining a healthy and mindful lifestyle first takes root by knowing what is put in.

2 thoughts on “Rid-All Farm – Through a Son’s Eyes”

  1. I am very inspired by this movement and also share the vision to grow my own food. I’m considering volunteering and taking the farming classes next January. Thanks for doing what you do!

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