Nestled into the curves of the Vermillion River, Bellwether Farm is a camp, retreat, and education center dedicated to exposing the wider community to the creation that sustains all of life. As a working farm, its life focuses on four primary activities.
Facilities & Grounds
Bellwether Farm is a unique and affordable option for your next gathering. The center offers brand new facilities featuring a green technology, renewable energy, and water reclamation systems.
Bellwether Farm is in an exciting stage of change and progress. Construction is well underway. The summer camp cabins, maintenance barn, and animal barn are built and scheduled to be completed by September. Foundations are being laid for the dining/meeting building, farmhouse, and worship barn, and construction of these buildings will continue through the coming months. The land is being nurtured through rotational cover crops that build healthy soil for future plantings, and with a grant from Monarch Watch, we planted 130 Milkweed plants on the property to invigorate the Monarch Butterfly population.
In March, we welcomed a new full-time staff member, Jessica Miller, as our Land Stewardship and Program Manger. Jess has worked as an environmental educator and field botanist throughout Northeast Ohio. At Bellwether, her responsibilities will include the development of ongoing adult and youth programming and enacting a land management plan to maintain the highest possible ecological fidelity. We are currently in the hiring process for a Farm Manager and expect to make a decision by the end of September.
This past spring and summer, we held successful work days and a wonderful family camping weekend. These events have brought the community together and let many people experience the beauty of the farm.
On November 12, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry, Presiding Bishop, will participate in the dedication of the center. We have also been working diligently with thunder::tech, the company who helped us with the logo and branding of Bellwether, on our new website which we expect to launch in the fall. As Bellwether Farm continues to grow into the invigorating space we have planned, we are thrilled to care for and grow with it.
Bellwether Farm is a model of green technology featuring passive buildings, renewable energy, and more. It is a vehicle through which we can teach the wider community about fidelity to the environment, nutrition, physical and spiritual wellness, local food sourcing, food justice, and sustainable living.
Volunteer around Bellwether Farm. Opportunities are posted as they become available.