5 Sustainable Practices in Farming

Photo: New Farmer Academy Intern Maddie Baker helping with a farm project at Oxbow Orchard If there’s any industry under the scrupulous watch of sustainability activists, it’s the farming industry. Not only is the industry an essential component of our daily lives,...

Skill Share Day

When interns begin their journey with the New Farmer Academy, the sheer amount of information there is to learn about food production can be overwhelming. In addition, there is often the perception that farmers need to know how to “do it all” – from tractor...

Flowers on the Farm

There is food in every corner at Old Trail Farm, but vegetables aren’t the only bounty that fills our garden this season.  Wild flowers and specially bred companions dot the farmscape catching eyes with their bright colors and gentle decadence, while subtly attracting...

The Lady Bug, Aphid Annihilator

By Countryside New Farmer Academy interns Dylan and Trish Ladybugs, our new favorite beneficial insect, have found themselves a home at Old Trail Farm at a time when they are needed most.  The 2021 season is in full swing – farms and gardens throughout Cuyahoga...

Gross Bugs at Old Trail Farm

Every year farming is a new adventure! There are always new crops or varieties to try out, shifting weather patterns to throw you off schedule, and new pests to battle. 2021 is no exception. Last year, one of the teachers at Old Trail School requested ground cherries...

Farms in the Park: The Season’s Offerings, Activities, and Events

Photo by Ryan Grzybowski It’s prime time to take a trip out to a farm in the park! There are 10 Countryside Initiative farms that are currently operating in Cuyahoga Valley National Park and 7 of them have a variety of different offerings that are sure to keep your...

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