Demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and to assimilating those reentering society from a period of incarceration, Mansfield and Brenda Frazier submitted a Re-Imagining Cleveland grant proposal to plant the grapes and put in the trellises of Château Hough – an urban vineyard right in the heart of the City. Formed on three city-owned parcels in May 2010, their vineyard is a three-quarter acre lot growing 294 vines of wine-making Traminette and Frontenac grapes.
In addition to establishing a small local business, the project is also focused on education, serving as a learning lab for participants in a local reentry program. Participants not only become versed in horticulture best practices from existing urban and rural vineyards, but they also develop entrepreneurial skills. Currently neighborhood youth, along with residents of nearby half-way houses and transitional homes, have volunteered the work and labor necessary for the vineyard.
To prepare the land for grapes, existing trees were trimmed and top soil was layered and leveled. Grapevines were planted with support stakes and wires were installed for support. A decorative fence was built to border the vineyard. Ultimately, the grapes will be harvested and stored in a newly built Chateau Hough, where the actual process of winemaking will commence under the guidance of vineyard expert Giancarlo Callicchia. Mansfield envisions the project growing to supply a local winery under the same ownership as the vineyard, tapping clientele from nearby Cleveland Clinic hospital and other institutions.
GCBL Project Profile – The Vineyards of Chateau Hough
External Website – Neighborhood Solutions website
- Mansfield Frazier Interview, 07 April 2010: audio and description
- Mansfield Frazier Interview, 21 April 2010: audio and description
Image Archive – Project 48
To Volunteer – email: email@example.com
- WKYC News Spot
- Revisiting the Vineyards of Chateau Hough
- Action Manual for Philadelphia’s Urban Voids Featured Precedent
Location – map
Mansfield Frazier Interview, 07 April 2010 (ID #AGR048)
Mansfield Frazier talks about his project in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland, OH. He is a native of Cleveland, and currently resides in the Hough neighborhood. He talks about his past, and what led him to start this project. He also talks about his thoughts about Cleveland as it is now, issues regarding race, and trying to change common misperceptions about the Hough neighborhood. The main goal of the project is to try to create jobs for people in the area, do something that will help the environment, and try to get more people to rethink their ideas about what the Hough neighborhood is really like. Also discussed is the overall plan and goals of the project.
Mansfield Frazier Interview, 21 April 2010 (ID #AGR048)
Mansfield Frazier discusses starting a vineyard in the Hough neighborhood with the hopes of one day opening a winery. He talks about the difficulties in dealing with antiquated city ordinances and laws that prevent certain aspects of the gardens to move forward. Mansfield also discusses his hopes that urban farming will expand in the city and the nation. He also talks briefly about the task of acquiring enough grapes for his anticipated winery.