Countryside

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, the National Park Service keeps alive the idea of the family farm.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Countryside Initiative (3 minutes 26 seconds)
Darwin Kelsey, the founder of Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy, describes the organization's history, goals, and how he helped inventory the valley's historic farms.

Sustainable Farming (46 seconds)
Beth Knorr, Local Food Programs Coordinator/Markets Manager, explains how Countryside Conservancy makes sustainable farming more visible.


 
National Park Service educational program at Greenfield Berry Farm.
National Park Service educational program at Greenfield Berry Farm.

NPS/Ted Toth

The Cuyahoga Valley Countryside 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. For more information visit Countryside's website.

 

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Countryside
Learning to Farm
Diversity of Products
Countryside Farmers' Markets

Last updated: May 21, 2020

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