diversity, Stability, Resilience
The farm embraces and cultivates Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share, the ethics of Permaculture.
Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty. See this article for more info about permaculture.
The 6 acre farm provides a range of educational experiences for the community. The farm has vegetable gardens, perennial fruit and nut trees, hugelkultur, swales, composting, natural buildings made with clay and straw, a yurt, and more. Rabbits, chickens, ducks, sheep, cats & dogs, serve multiple functions including education, adding fertility to the land, creating valuable products like eggs, wool and meat, and providing companionship to community members.
Agricultural elements employ permaculture in the traditional sense while the community events, educational workshops and summer camps serve as a form of social permaculture. They provide opportunities for participants to develop skills and interact with each other, creating bonds that contribute to community resilience. The farm itself serves as an anchor and point of connection for the other initiatives, such as the Internship Program, and Northeast Ohio Earth restoration which will extend outward into the broader community by preparing participants to undertake regenerative agriculture and Earth repair projects across northeast Ohio.