We at Bellwether Farm owe much gratitude to other institutions that share our commitment to serve others and build stronger, healthier communities. Some of these organizations have guided us from the start, while others have informed our understanding of the issues we are trying to address more recently. We offer links to the websites of these partners and other resources, so that you can learn more about the kinds of programming we are offering.
Ann Kearsley Design: http://www.annkearsley.com/
Our landscape architect, Ann Kearsley, specializes in sustainable, ecologically based landscape design, linking landscape form and spatial structure to the dynamics of a site’s natural systems. Her design philosophy is founded on a commitment to developing meaningful connections between people and the landscapes they inhabit. The firm has partnered on several project with GO Logic, including the masterplan, land-use and storm-water design for Bellwether Farm.
The Berry Center: http://berrycenter.org/
The Berry Center is putting Wendell Berry’s writings to work by advocating for farmers, land conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History: https://www.cmnh.org/
CMNH’s mission is to inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future.
It also protects 6,400 acres through its Natural Area program. These various sites represent the remarkable biological diversity that was once widespread throughout the region, and now serve as educational and scientific resources. Through its GreenCityBlueLake Institute, the museum is at the forefront of creating a more sustainable region.
Ernst Seeds (Meadville, Pennsylvania): http://www.ernstseed.com/
Ernst Conservation Seeds is the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States. They grow, process and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials, propagated on more than 9,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania.
GO Logic: http://www.gologic.us/
Based in Belfast, Maine, GO Logic, lead by co-founder and partner, Matthew O’Malia, designed the master plan and the buildings for Bellwether Farm. Lead architect Timothy Lock, is an award-winning designer. His work has appeared in The Architect’s Newspaper and New York Magazine.
McDowell Farm School: http://mcdowellfarmschool.com/
An integral part of Camp McDowell, the Camp and Conference Center for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, the McDowell Farm School produces food for Farm School participants and works to put as much local, sustainably grown and healthy food into the dining halls for the entire center as possible. The Farm, School is on a 40-acre hold at McDowell With the help of students and the whole Camp McDowell community, they have raised two barns, reassembled a greenhouse, built an expansive chicken coupe with multiple chicken yards, and established over four acres in crop production.
The Oberlin Project: http://www.oberlinproject.org/
The Oberlin Project is an invaluable resource for forming connections with other organizations that are working to create a self-sustaining region. This includes educational institutions, private businesses, utilities and local government. The goal of the Oberlin Project is to connect and concentrate grassroots efforts in and around Lorain Country in order to advance the area as a leader in environmental fidelity and sustainability.
Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association: http://www.oeffa.org/
OEFFA is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems. Its members work collectively to recreate a regionally-scaled local farming and food system. They offer conferences and workshops relating to sustainable farming practices.
Ohio Prairie Nursery: http://www.ohioprairienursery.com/
Ohio Prairie Nursery has been delivering high quality native prairie and wetland seed to its customers since 1998. They offer over thirty unique standard seed blends and over seventy individual species of seed. As landscapes transition to more sustainable models, native species are an increasingly important component. Native species have adapted to environmental conditions over thousands of years and when properly selected can flourish and reproduce without any outside resource inputs like water, fertilizers or pesticides. The natural rainfall and soil nutrients are all that is necessary to support these durable and beneficial native species. This not only provides environmental benefits from a resource conservation standpoint but also an economic benefit through the removal of the associated input costs.
Veggie U (http://www.veggieu.org/)
Veggie U, headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio, offers a five-week curriculum for elementary school students in 36 states across the county. Students learn the importance of good nutrition, the concept of sustainable agriculture, and how vegetables are grown. The curriculum, inspired by chefs and farmers, meets state and national standards in science.
Urban Health Initiative at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine: http://www.case.edu/medicine/urbanhealth/about/
This organization supports efforts to improve the health of residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio by leveraging resources of the university in partnership with other organizations. They coordinate efforts between various institutions across the region to share information and resources.
Western Reserve Land Conservancy: http://www.wrlandconservancy.org
WRLC works to conserve and restore the natural assets across our region to fill it with thriving, prosperous communities nourished by vibrant natural areas, working farms and healthy cities.
The Conservancy worked with the Diocese to identify the Wakeman property as an ideal site for our new center. The Firelands Chapter works with land owners and other institutions in this part of Ohio.