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Black Swamp Food & Farm Looking for New Farmers

Posted Aug 7th, 2018 by Julie Pompa  Category: Community Interest, General Interests, General News, Toledo.com

 

The Black Swamp Food & Farm Initiative is looking for the next generation of Ohio’s farmers, to help them knock down some of the barriers that are keeping them from the land.

Through this initiative, Black Swamp Conservancy will use long-term lease agreements to provide affordable access to farmland. The initiative will also help to connect aspiring farmers to the services and partners they’ll need to establish sustainable farms. The initiative is funded by grants from Toledo Community Foundation and the Stranahan Foundation.

The result is new farms that grow profitable and ecologically sustainable food for local consumption. This protects prime agricultural land, improves water quality and natural resource conservation, and provides healthy food for the community.

“This program will help produce healthy food for northwest Ohio communities using ecologically sustainable methods that protect water quality and create healthy communities,” said Chris Collier, the Conservancy’s conservation manager. “Our vision is to work with the next generation of farmers to show how agriculture and habitat conservation can coexist to produce bountiful food and protect valuable resources, while also creating strong, local economies.”

The Black Swamp Food & Farm Initiative is now accepting applications from individuals interested in starting or expanding a farm in northwest Ohio. Applicants will be asked to submit a letter of intent that includes their vision for the farm, and a resume detailing agricultural experience and any other skills that will help running the farm.

To learn more about the initiative and apply, please contact Collier at 419.833.1025 or at ccollier@blackswamp.org, or visit www.BlackSwamp.org.

About Black Swamp Conservancy: Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural habitats and family farms, now and for future generations, through land conservation agreements. The Conservancy does this to help ensure clean water, natural habitats, working lands and community access to the natural areas of northwest Ohio. Since its founding in 1993 (the Conservancy celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018), the organization has permanently protected more than 17,000 acres of wetlands, woods and working lands across northwest Ohio, supporting our Clean Water, Good Food & Wild Places. www.BlackSwamp.org.

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