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    Cuyahoga Valley

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Request for Proposals - Edgar and Holland Properties

Long-term Lease Opportunities
The National Park Service is pleased to announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative program that was established to protect the rural landscape of the Cuyahoga Valley. The Initiative invites farmers to live and farm in the park using sustainable methods while promoting farming that will produce high quality products for direct, local, retail sale.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park has 11 farms in operation including a vineyard, vegetable and egg operations, livestock, pick-your-own and a community-supported vegetable farm.

This recruitment seeks a lessee for the Edgar Farm, in Valley View and the Holland Farm, in Peninsula. These farms are suitable for fruit and vegetable production, management-intensive grazing operations, and integrated crop-livestock enterprises

Edgar House

Edgar House


Edgar Farm Details
The Edgar Farm is located at the northern edge of CVNP, in the Village of Valley View, Cuyahoga County. Its mailing address is 6885 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio 44125. The two story farmhouse sits on the northeast corner of Canal and Hathaway Roads. North of the farmhouse is a small tenant house; there are no other remaining outbuildings. Three nearby fields, now associated with the farm, total 31.3 acres. Edgar Farm Supplemental Maps

Holland House

Holland House


Holland Farm Details
The Holland Farm is located near the center of Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Boston Township, Summit County. The mailing address is 1019 West Streetsboro Road (Route 303) Peninsula, Ohio 44264. The two story farmhouse and three associated fields totaling 26.8 acres are located along the north side of the road. No outbuildings are included.


Request For Proposal (RFP)
This opportunity, including information on the program, the farms, and the submission requirements, is fully described in the 2011 Countryside Initiative Request for Proposal (RFP) document. Click here to download a copy or request a copy from Julie Gabelman, Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy (CVCC), 2179 Everett Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264; phone 330-657-2542; e-mail JGabelman@cvcountryside.org.

Farm open houses will be conducted on Monday, August 15 and Thursday, August 18; call the CVCC for details at 330-657-2542. Proposals will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Monday, October 3, 2011. Final selection of proposal is expected in late 2011 with occupancy to follow shortly thereafter.

These leases, available for up to 60 years, are open to all interested parties on a competitive basis with selection being based on the proposal's agricultural and economic soundness, responsiveness to a national park setting, engagement of the public, etc.


Related Documents
Model Lease
Lease Exhibits
Financial Reporting Form
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation

Questions about the property and this offering can be directed to 440-546-5903.

Did You Know?

Image courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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.