VISION
Creating an innovative environmental enhancement project to demonstrate an educational learning opportunity utilizing soil, water and energy conservation for historically under-served producers


 


OBJECTIVE 
Historically under-served farmers, ranchers, veterans, organizations and students will be invited to see firsthand the innovative ways of high tunnel and urban farming. The development and project based adoption of innovative approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal (monetary) investment in environmental enhancement, will be in conjunction with agricultural production.


 


BOARD MEMBERS
Mr. Alan S. Lewis, Chairman/CEO; Attorney William (Bill) Smith, Fiscal Agent; Mrs. Lisa Nunn, Secretary; Mrs. Jan Becker, Master Garner and Advisor


 


PARTNERS
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Summit County Bee Association, Greenfield Berry Farm, Crown Point (all plants were purchased or donated by), Ohio State Extension Summit County, First United Methodist Church Cuyahoga Falls, Cheryl Metcalf, Master Gardner


 


CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANT PARTNERS
Ben Hier Home Improvement, Let’s Grow Akron, Lingers Lumber, University of Akron Engineering Service Design Team, Professor Vern Sproat (retired)


 


Beekeeping: Promoting with the Summit County Beekeepers Association beekeeping generally, broadening the knowledge of and fostering best practices in apiary management.  “Loving the earth one honey bee at a time”

Monarch Butterfly: Providing an area to combat the decline of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed and other nectar-rich plants for their annual migration to Mexico


 


“In the 21st century environmental factors weigh heavily on the full actualization of farming, specifically in underserved areas. Utilizing new and innovative applications and methodologies will limit the negative environmental impact, reduce the cost of quality food production, afford opportunities for realistic entrepreneurial creation, and provide cost effective alternatives to fossil fuel consumption which is detrimentally harmful to our air, soil and life.”

–  Rev. Dr. Carl P. Wallace
Chief Operating Officer
Abundant Life Farm