Summer Farm Tour Series Kicks Off This Weekend!

Looking for something fun and educational to do this summer? Join the Ashtabula Local Food Council and The Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour Series for three sustainable farm tours taking place right here in Ashtabula County!

The Ashtabula Local Food Council (ALFC) is a group working to develop a sustainable, local food culture in Ashtabula County. The ALFC works to achieve strong family farms and farming communities, ensure adequate nutrition for our most vulnerable populations, promote the stewardship of agricultural land, and preserve our environmental treasures. Ashtabula County has a proud heritage of food, and we hope to celebrate and grow that great tradition!

Save the date for these fun and interesting family farm activities:

Permaculture and Green Building Farm Tour
Saturday, August 6 • 1-3:30 p.m.

Red Beet Row
Stephanie Blessing and John Wright
2873 E. Maple Rd., Jefferson, OH 44047 (440) 316-2338,


At Red Beet Row, a new 14 acre education farm, Stephanie Blessing and John Wright experiment with permaculture and holistic growing and building methods. They teach the best of what they’ve learned during on-farm classes. Join this tour to see their passive solar underground greenhouse, mobile animal shelters, hugelkultur (mound) beds, polyculture gardens, and more! On-farm products will be available for sale (cash only please).

Registration: To register, call (440) 316-2338 or email


From I-90, take Exit 235 for Rte. 84/Rte. 193 N for Kingsville. Travel south on Rte. 193 for 7.2 miles (about 12 minutes). Turn right onto E. Maple Rd. Travel 0.8 miles. The farm is on the right.

From Youngstown or Pittsburg, take Rte. 193 N, and turn left onto E. Maple Rd. Travel 0.8 miles. The farm is on the right.


Experimental Building and Herb Sanctuary Tour
Saturday, August 27 • 1-3:30 p.m.

The Trillium Center and BLD farm
Charles Schiavone and Leah Wolfe
715 Furnace Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030 (440) 812-9921,


BLD farm is a place for experiments, creativity, and healing. Charles Schiavone is a builder-carpenter-potter who is building with mud, grass, and sticks. BLD farm is the home of the Trillium Center, an educational project led by herbalist Leah Wolfe, which focuses on community health through whole foods and herbs. They sell eggs, culinary herbs, and leafy greens on-site and offer on-farm classes. See examples of natural building, rocket stoves, a greenhouse, herb gardens, and more.

Registration: To register, email by August 20.


From I-90 W, take PA Exit 3 for Highway 6 N. Turn right toward Highway 20, then turn left on Highway 20. Drive 3.9 miles to Furnace Rd. Turn left and drive 1.7 miles to the farm.

From I-90 E, take Exit 241 for Highway 7. Turn right on Highway 7, then turn left on Underridge Rd. (just before Beef and Beer restaurant). Drive for 2.7 miles and turn right on Furnace Rd. The farm is at the top of the hill.


Lessons Learned, Understanding Gained Farm Tour
Friday, September 9 • 2-4 p.m.

Farm 153
Tim and Barb Loya
1440 Overly Rd., Jefferson, OH 44047
(216) 299-4970, (216) 780-3526,


Tim and Barb Loya of Farm 153 grow nutritious and delicious produce with the goal of enhancing the health and the culinary experience of their customers. They see their soil, air, water, and plants as parts of a complex living system that they build up according to organic methods, applying naturally-occurring inputs and avoiding all synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

Since they started the farm in 2008, Tim and Barb have learned many expensive and painful lessons. Join this tour to learn how they’ve improved efficiency and quality and increased scale as they explain some fundamental mistakes that they made that can save beginning growers time, grief, and money. They’ll explore how important it is to consistently and effectively execute the basics in every task. They will also discuss their first steps toward discovering and using permaculture techniques to increase their efficiency and production. Visitors will walk away with a list of resources, materials, practices to avoid, and practices to embrace. Produce may be available for purchase on-site.

Registration: Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, email with the number of people coming and any questions or farm topics you’d like to hear discussed.

Directions: Farm 153 is located near Rte. 11 and Rte. 307. From the west, take I-90 E. Use Exit 228 and take Rte. 11 S. Take Exit 84 for Rte. 307. Turn right and drive west on Rte. 307. Go 100 feet and turn right on Overly Rd. Proceed 0.6 miles. Farm 153 is the fourth house on the right, a brown ranch house with a red barn visible. Park in the U-driveway in front of the house.


For a listing of these and many more sustainable farm tours taking place as part of the Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour Series, please visit:

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