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.
Dear colleagues and friends,
At approximately 2 o’clock this morning, a fire broke out in the Animal Barn at Bellwether Farm. In spite of the Wakeman Fire Department’s immediate response, given the windy night, it burned to the ground very quickly. Fortunately, no staff, guests, or firefighters were injured. The majority of livestock survived; sadly, ten sheep and the two cows perished. Four neighboring fire departments joined Wakeman in responding and kept all the other structures in the barnyard safe.
I am profoundly grateful to the staff for their alertness and quick action, and to the extraordinary work of the first responders led by Chief David Wilson, Assistant Chief Sean Eschen, and Mayor Chris Hipp. By the time I arrived at 3:30, the last few standing vertical timbers were being pushed down to extinguish any remaining embers.
The loss of livestock is always heartbreaking, but we can be thankful that all else can and will be replaced.
With every blessing,
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.
Bishop of Ohio
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.
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