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2017 Grant Site Update: Bellwether Farm, Diocese of Ohio

We are very pleased to provide this final grant update our UTO Grant #2017-20. Our grant was used to fund the first-year cost of two staff positions: one to develop program curriculum and one for farm management. Bellwether Farm, Camp, Retreat, and Education Center offers a model for sustainable living that promotes physical and spiritual wellness, fidelity to the environment, and social justice by incorporating farming, food production, and environmental stewardship into land-based educational programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is centrally located in the Diocese of Ohio, easily accessible to our 16,000 members. Developed on 137 acres of land, the property consists of agricultural fields, woodlands, meadows, a three-acre swimming lake, and recreational areas with sports fields, playgrounds, and picnic pavilions. It is bordered on three sides by the Vermilion River and offers exceptional and diverse opportunities for educational activities. It includes a camp for 96 children and youth that will offer day and overnight programs, as well as a serene adult residential retreat and education space with 40 overnight rooms that can be single or double occupancy. Bellwether Farm provides a place to live out the Gospel by joining our hands in common work and play. It also serves as an incubator to develop programming and practices for the people and parishes in our diocese, the wider Church, and the broader community to gain knowledge about care for the environment and to develop disciplines that focus on sustainable living.

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