Over a series of meetings at the farm and elsewhere a group of us has been developing a model to connect folks and organizations across northeast Ohio in order to support, amplify and synergize our efforts to promote Earth regeneration, including its human and non-human members. We’ve started with a Facebook group called Northeast Ohio Earth Restoration Community.

Mission: To strengthen and widen participation in regional networks of folks engaged in regenerative projects/initiatives/education/skillbuilding, to support the growth of communities of practice, and to catalyze the emergence of new modes of being in right relationship with each other, our non-human relations and the world around us.

(NEO)Earth Restoration Collaborative

A group of NEO permaculture practitioners and others working together on the design and restoration of landscapes that feed both human and non-human beings from the soil on up throughout the region. Founding members/organizations include John Wright/Red Beet Row, Amit Shuck/Imitating Eden, and Kelly Clark and Jes Burns/Kelly’s Working Well Farm. To learn more and for information about how to become an (NEO)ER Collaborative supporter follow this link.

(NEO)ER PILOT Project - Miyawaki Forest Installation

Mini-Forest at installation - November 2022
Mini-forest at 7 months - June 2023

About 125 saplings of close to twenty different native tree and shrub species were planted in a 300 square-foot plot at KWWF.  Species included Northern Hardy Pecan (Carya illinoensis), Pin Oak (Quercus palustris), Red Oak (Quercus rubra), Shagbark Hickory (Carya ovata), Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis), Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), Black Cherry (Prunus serotina), Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis), Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida), Pawpaw (Asimina triloba), American Hazelnut (Corylus americana), Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus), American Wild Plum (Prunus americana), and Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia).  In addition, a few not-entirely-native Dunstan Chestnuts (Castanea dentata x mollisima) were included.