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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 »

Taxes, Crowd Funding, and Online Ordering Systems Topics of Upcoming Webinars

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Date: September 27, 2013
Contact: Heather Roszczyk, Countryside Conservancy, 330-657-2542 x 225,

Countryside Conservancy

Countryside Conservancy announces the next in the free series of webinars designed to bolster the businesses of specialty crop growers across Ohio.

Taxes for Farmers 101 & 201: In this complimentary pair of webinars, Mary Ann Burger, CPA and owner of The Number Manager Inc., will reinforce good record keeping and bookkeeping practices, give a comprehensive look at the forms most used in the agriculture industry, provide an understanding of definitions pertaining to farm income and expenses, and deliver a thorough explanation of Schedule F. Taxes for Farmers 101 will take place on October 8, 2013, from 1:00pm-2:00pm. To register for Taxes 101: http://tinyurl.com/phoeww8. Taxes for Farmers 201 will take place on November 5, 2013, from 1:00-2:00pm. To register for Taxes 201: http://tinyurl.com/pmkrxh9.

Introduction to Crowd Funding: When it comes to crowd funding, what works and what doesn’t? What’s the difference between a campaign that raises $500 and one that raises $5,000? How does someone even get started? Join Bob Cohen, CEO and Director of Business Assistance at Braintree Business Development Center for an overview of crowd funding and how to start your own campaign. We’ll also hear from Lisa Daris of Lucky Penny Farm & Creamery, whose Kickstarter campaign raised over $11,000, exceeding their original goal and successfully launching a new product. To register: http://tinyurl.com/nwgrgqc.

Online Ordering Systems: Utilizing online ordering systems can streamline service for both farmers and customers, strengthening that relationship in the process. Heather Walters of Basket of Life Farm will discuss her positive experience with Small Farm Central and give an overview of other systems as well to help farmers determine which one is right for their business. To register: http://tinyurl.com/pbfnplw.

These classes are financed in part through 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.

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About Countryside Conservancy
Countryside Conservancy advances the vision of a Northeast Ohio filled with thriving farming and food entrepreneurs: where farms are viable businesses, farmland is a treasured resource, and local food is commonplace. Countryside Conservancy supports up-and-coming farmers, shares innovative land-use and business models, facilitates networking opportunities, and advocates community-based agriculture. They connect communities and farmers, provide alternate market choices, and create venues that foster civic engagement through fun and informal education. For more information, go to www.cvcountryside.org.

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Did You Know?

Historic photo of canal boat on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

Lock 27 along the Ohio & Erie Canal became known as Johnnycake Lock after several boats ran aground due to flooding. While stranded, supplies ran low and canal passengers and crew ate only corn meal pancakes, known as "johnnycakes".