Live and Farm in the National Park!


The National Park Service (NPS) in conjunction with the Countryside Conservancy (CC), announce the next round of long-term lease offerings under the Countryside Initiative program in Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP).

In order to help preserve the park’s rural landscape, the Countryside Initiative invites farmers to live and farm in the park using sustainable methods appropriate for a national park, while promoting farming that will produce high-quality specialty products for direct, local, and retail sale.

Currently, CVNP has 9 farms in operation under this program including a vineyard and winery, vegetable and egg operations, livestock, and pick-your-own and community-supported vegetable farms.

This year’s farms are located in Valley View and Boston Heights. These farms are suitable for fruit and vegetable production, management-intensive grazing operations, and integrated crop-livestock enterprises. The farm in Valley View includes a residence (rehabilitated) and approximately nine acres of fields with the potential for an additional three. The farm in Boston Heights includes a residence (rehabilitated), a raised bank barn, and approximately twelve acres of fields.

This opportunity, including information on the program, the farms, and the submission requirements, is fully described in the available for download by following this link. Paper copies are available by request from Julie Gabelman, Countryside Conservancy, 2179 Everett Road, Peninsula, Ohio 44264; 330-657-2542; Farm open houses will be conducted on Friday, July 31 and Monday, August 10; for details call the CC for details at 330-657-2542.

Proposals will be accepted until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. These leases, available for up to 60 years, are open to all interested parties on a competitive basis with selection being based on the proposal’s agricultural and economic soundness, responsiveness to a national park setting, engagement of the public, etc.

For complete information about the request for proposals, click here.