"What's a human being without a story?" wrote author Tom Spanbauer.
Farming in the Valley
Starting in the late 1990s, the national park began rehabilitating historic farmsteads and leasing them to farmers who use sustainable practices. This program, the Countryside Initiative, helps preserve the agricultural landscape, as well as sensitive natural and cultural resources. The valley is also home to vibrant farms on private land that sell a broad range of products: from fruit and vegetables to Christmas trees and Belgian horses.
Follow the links to the left to learn more about the history of local farming, and hear incredible stories of success and hardship as farm families struggled to make a living in the Cuyahoga Valley.
To learn more about our Parks as Classroom project, click the links below.