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    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

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  • Valley Bridle Trail Partial Closure

    A section of the Valley Bridle Trail is closed across from the Brandywine Golf Course. There is no estimate of when this section will be open. Please observe all trail closures. More »

  • Plateau Trail Partial Closure

    The outer loop of the Plateau Trail is closed at the Valley Picnic Area junction for bridge repair. The bridge is now unsafe for pedestrian traffice due to accelerated erosion around the base. More »

  • Bald Eagle Closure in Effect Until July 31, 2014

    Returning bald eagles are actively tending to last year's nest within the Pinery Narrows area in CVNP. To protect the eagles from human disturbance, the area surrounding the nest tree will be closed until July 31, 2014. More »

  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) Bridge Construction Closures

    Rockside and Canal Visitor Center boarding sites will be closed through Apr 27. From Jan 18 - Mar 16, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Brecksville stations. From Mar 22 - Apr, CVSR will operate between Akron Northside and Peninsula. More »

  • Do Not Feed the Waterfowl and Birds!

    Many people enjoy feeding waterfowl and birds, but the effects of this seemingly generous act can be harmful. Regular feeding can cause: unatural behavior, pollution, overcrowding, delayed migration, and poor nutrition and disease.

  • Closure on Fishing Will Remain in Effect for Virginia Kendall Lake

    Due to the government shutdown, we were unable to survey the fish community in VK Lake as scheduled. Our survey partners (ODNR) will not be able to get into the lake until early spring of 2014. Therefore, the closure on fishing will remain in effect. More »

Learning to Farm

Greenfield Berry Farm.
NPS/Ted Toth
 

Could you run your own farm? Some farmers joined the Countryside Initiative with a long history of agricultural work in their families, while others joined the program with no history of farming life. Eleven farms currently operate as part of the Countryside Initiative program, each at a different stage of development. As part of their commitment to run a successful farm, Countryside Initiative farmers continue their education through courses offered by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and other organizations. These farmers face daily challenges related to learning and conducting general farming practices, as well as aligning their work with the sustainability goals of the national park.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
Click the topics to hear stories about Cuyahoga Valley life.
Click here to read the text file.

Learning to Farm (44 seconds)
Laura DeYoung, of The Spicy Lamb Farm, talks about how she learned her business.

Learning from Other Farmers (32 seconds)
Pamela Neitenbach, from the Neitenbach Farm, explains how she learns from the experiences of other farmers in the valley.

From Gardening to Farming (50 seconds)
Heather and Eric Walters, from the Basket of Life Farm, describe how they shifted from gardening to farming.

Farmers' Optimism (27 seconds)
David Wingenfeld, from Canal Corners Farm and Market, offers some advice for farmers who face daily challenges.




Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.