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Just Plant the Seed

This year, seventeen small farms and eight aspiring farmers joined together with Countryside to be part of something incredibly special, the New Farmer Academy. This is one of Countryside’s farm programs, now in its 4th year. The program is unique in that it is a...

Local Food: A Chef’s Perspective

As I write this blog post, I happen to be in Avon, Colorado, celebrating the July 4th holiday. I have already visited two local farmers markets…one in Minturn, Colorado and the other in Edwards, Colorado. This area has multiple farmers markets each week and it is one...

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...

Spring is here!

On March 20th, the Vernal Equinox arrived, it is the marker of Spring in our slice of the world. Some years, Spring shows up and the ground is still covered in snow. The crocus bulbs have barely forced their way through the frozen earth. But this year felt very much...

Cold Weather + Farm Animals

When Winter arrives and temperatures drop below freezing, many people are concerned about the welfare of farm animals during this extreme cold. Please be assured, in most cases, farmers are great stewards of their animals and they are in good hands. There are always...

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