Congratulations To Our Founding Director!


Congratulations To Our Founding Director As He Moves Into A New Role!

Please join us in congratulating and celebrating Darwin Kelsey!

Darwin has announced that he has transitioned his role as the Executive Director of Countryside Conservancy to the role of Director Emeritus. Darwin has served with unwavering dedication as Countryside's Director since its founding in 1999. He is a pioneer in the northeast Ohio food and agriculture community and a mentor to many of our local food leaders today.

Darwin has stepped into a Director Emeritus role to provide leadership and guidance in the search for his successor, and will work with Countryside's Board and staff in an advisory role through the end of 2016. Tracy Emrick, Director of Operations and Partnerships at Countryside will serve as the Interim Director.

Established in 1999, the importance of the Countryside Conservancy mission remains resolute and strong: connecting people, food and land by increasing public awareness of how food and farming impact personal, community and environmental health, and by inspiring personal commitment to building a resilient, sustainable food culture.

Countryside Conservancy envisions Northeast Ohio filled with thriving farming and food entrepreneurs; where farms are viable businesses, farmland is a treasured resource and local food is commonplace. Countryside also envisions Northeast Ohio filled with gardeners and home cooks; where affordable healthy food is an option for all, a do-it-yourself culture is widespread, and acting on a preference for sustainably local food is routine.

On numerous levels, Countryside Conservancy has helped create momentum for community outcomes and achievements supporting and driving that vision in Northeast Ohio. Countryside will continue to help shape that future for residents of Northeast Ohio and beyond, through strategic partnerships and a strengthened, focused organization.

Over the next several months we will be hosting many opportunities to celebrate his many accomplishments, and wish Darwin well on his new journey, we hope that you will join us!