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 »
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 »
OEFFA and Countryside Conservancy Partner to Help Farmers Scale Up
Contact: Beth Knorr, (330) 657‐2542 x 224
Contact: Mike Anderson, (614) 421‐2022 x 209
Countryside Conservancy & Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)
Countryside Conservancy and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) are partnering again to offer a variety of educational programming to specialty crop growers across the state of Ohio.
Building on a 2011 study released by The Ohio State University's Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, the two‐year project focuses on utilizing conventional distribution outlets, like grocery stores and restaurants, to increase the amount of local fruits and vegetables available to consumers, and create new market opportunities for specialty crop growers. While most local food systems advocacy and education has focused on direct‐to‐consumer sales at farmers' markets and through community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, almost 90 percent of food is purchased at retail outlets, such as grocery stores.
The project is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the State of Ohio, and the United States Department of Agriculture, under the provisions of the Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Beginning in January 2013, the collaboration will provide both business and production skills workshops and webinars that will help growers meet the challenge of diversifying their markets beyond direct‐to‐consumer outlets.
Additionally, OEFFA and Countryside Conservancy will work with regional distributors on developing best practices for working with small to medium‐scale growers, with a focus on keeping farm identity in tact from field to final outlet. This will make it possible for grocery store customers, as well as restaurant diners, to feel connected to their farmers, a desire that has fueled the growth of the local and sustainable food movement.
As more information becomes available, including program dates and registration information, it will be posted to www.cvcountryside.org and www.oeffa.org. Growers interested in receiving information on the upcoming workshop and webinar offerings are encouraged to visit these websites or contact Beth Knorr at Countryside Conservancy at (330) 657‐2542 x 228 or Mike Anderson at OEFFA at (614) 421‐2022 x 209. Chefs and grocers interested in sourcing local produce are also encouraged to contact OEFFA or Countryside Conservancy to learn how to participate in the project.
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Did You Know?
American Indians in the Cuyahoga Valley were influenced by the Hopewell Culture, which created large mound complexes in central Ohio from 100 B.C. – A.D. 500? In the Cuyahoga Valley, American Indians built small mounds rather than large ceremonial centers.