Countryside Food and Farms

A farmer in a pale blue shirt rides behind two tall, brown horses through rows of green crops.
Farming at Trapp Family Farm is powered by draft horses.

Courtesy Countryside

In an era of increasing industrialization, Cuyahoga Valley National Park serves as an undeveloped island sustaining the preservation of American farm life. The National Park Service's Countryside Initiative program promotes living, working farms that represent the rural heritage of the Cuyahoga Valley, while also protecting the park's resources. Through Countryside Food and Farms, the National Park Service keeps alive the idea and landscape of the family farm.

The Cuyahoga Valley's Countryside Food and Farms was established in 1999 as a nonprofit cooperating partner of the National Park Service. During its first four years, Countryside focused primarily on the Countryside Initiative farm rehabilitation program. As of 2020 there are 10 operational Countryside Initiative farms and over a dozen restored farm properties in the program. During its first decade, Countryside developed numerous educational programs to support new farmers, as well as to engage and educate the general public.


Last updated: December 12, 2023

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15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, OH 44141


440 717-3890

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