Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy Welcome 2 New Farms



Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Countryside Conservancy are pleased to announce that the National Park Service Regional Director has issued Letters of Intent to lease the 2 farmsteads historically known as the Edgar Farm and the Schmidt Foster Farm.
The first farm to receive the news was Oxbow Orchard to be operated by Beth Lomske and Kyla Werlin. Kyla and Beth will be moving into the old Edgar Farm on Canal Road in Valley View, Ohio. Beth deepened her interest in sustainable farming while working on certified organic vegetable and livestock operations in Northeast Ohio, and as Agriculture Assistant at Hale Farm and Village in the Valley. She’s currently rounding out a third season as manager of Green Corps’ Midtown Urban Learning Farm, a program of Cleveland Botanical Garden, where youth learn sustainable farming and employment skills while growing fresh produce for market. Kyla grew up in the city of Boston and discovered her passion for agriculture in rural North Carolina. After working on organic farms and learning about sustainable agriculture all around the country, she finally landed in Cleveland, OH where she felt she could support the local food movement by farming to the city. The past several years she has worked with adults with disabilities on urban farms and gardens around Cuyahoga County. Their farm, Oxbow Orchard, will become a budding sustainable farm business just a few miles down the towpath trail from Cleveland and the northern gateway into CVNP.
To the south, the Schmidt Foster Farmstead on Hines Hill Road in Boston Heights is poised to become Purplebrown Farmstead, operated by Sasha and James Miller.
Originally from USSR, Sasha Miller graduated from Solon High School, attained a Bachelor Degree from Denison University, completed her Master of Public Administration at Cleveland State University, and completed her Permaculture Certification with Midwest Permaculture. Sasha’s motivation to become a Countryside Initiative Farm arises from diverse experiences with community, development, and sustainability in Ohio, Australia, Peru, and South Korea, among other places. James grew up in Holmes County, and graduated from the University of Akron’s business school. James is a Certified Cicerone, and worked for the better part of the past decade to build a strong market for craft and artisan beverage producers in Chicago, and now in Northeast Ohio. The mission of Purplebrown Farmstead is to demonstrate the ecological, social, and economic productivity of permaculture.


More to come so stay tuned to learn more about Oxbow Orchard and Purplebrown Farmstead!