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.
It is an exciting time for Bellwether Farm! We are at the busiest phase of construction to date. Back in August 2017, the summer camp cabins, maintenance barn and animal barn were erected. The worship barn is now up and we will soon begin to put in the interior finishes. The staff housing is expected to be finished in early spring, and our new team hires will move into their new dwellings in April 2018! The construction crews will complete the dining & meeting building and adult retreat cabins in spring 2018 and, those facilities will be open for use by the summer.
In addition, our Bellwether Farm team is growing! Back in December 2017, we welcomed Kyle Mitchell on board as our Farm Manager. We are greatly looking forward to working with our growing team as we prepare for the opening of Bellwether Farm in summer 2018!
Our team has greatly enjoyed working closely with our construction partners who are working diligently to get the buildings finished in time for the summer season this year. Many thanks to our construction manager Andy Simons, project supervisor Ron Beal, and our construction team: David Meehan and Shawn Johnson of The A.M. Higley Co.; Ethan Miller and Mike Gerlach from Regency Construction; Dave Bock and Gary Rhoades of Erie Custom Carpentry; Jay and Joe Woodyard from C.R. Woodyard Contractors; Jim Workman, Henry Luli and Dan Luli of Workman Industrial Services; Matt Miller of Yoder Barn; Larry Scott from L.E. Scott Electric; Steve Holmes of Calypso Plumbing; and Aaron Estep from Buckeye Electric.
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.