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New Book On Malabar Puts Farm In Larger Context

7 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

In Annelise Abbot’s newly-published work, “Malabar Farm: Louis Bromfield, Friends of the Land, and the Rise of Sustainable Agriculture,” the author looks at how the Farm pioneered soil conservation and grew the sustainable agriculture movement.

According to the publisher, Kent State University Press, Abbot “… tells the story of Malabar Farm within the context of the wider histories of soil conservation and other environmental movements, especially the Ohio-based organization Friends of the Land. As one of the few surviving landmarks of this movement, which became an Ohio state park in 1976, Malabar Farm provides an intriguing case study of how soil conservation began, how it was marginalized during the 1950s, and how it now continues to influence the modern idea of sustainable agriculture.


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H2O Virtual Meetings To Be Held

15 Jul , 2021  

By: Richland County SWCD, 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) Director Dorothy Pelanda announced last week that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

1812Blockhouse’s post concerning that announcement can be read here.

Richland County is included in the expansion and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is administering the program locally. More…

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Farmer Incentive Program Expansion Includes Richland County

8 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda announced this week that H2Ohio’s farmer incentive program is expanding into 10 additional counties in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

The program, which offers funding to farmers who implement proven conservation practices that limit agricultural phosphorus runoff from fertilizer, is now open to farmers in Seneca, Huron, Erie, Wyandot, Richland, Shelby, Sandusky, Marion, Ottawa, and Crawford counties, bringing the total number of counties eligible for the program to 24.  Phosphorus runoff is the primary factor behind algal blooms on Lake Erie. More…

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All About Richland

Grant Program Helps Farmers Plant Cover Crops

29 May , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) is partnering with the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District on a grant program for producers who plant cover crops.

In 2019, the grant program assisted in getting cover crops on over 206.23 acres of Richland County farmland and resulted in 87 tons of soil from eroding into our streams. It also kept 139 pounds of phosphorous on the land and 255 pounds of nitrogen out of waterways. More…


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Local Food Producer List Being Updated

19 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse; Richland SWCD

Now, more than ever, buying locally grown and produced food is important.

That message is currently being shared by Destination Mansfield, NECIC, OSU Extension –  Richland County, Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development,  Richland County Farm Bureau, and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

Those groups are updating their list of where consumers may purchase locally grown and produced food at a time when normal supply chains have been disrupted because of the current pandemic. More…


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With Centuries-Old Techniques, This Farm Is Preparing For The Future

12 Jan , 2021  

One might well wonder what Louis Bromfield, the agricultural visionary of Malabar Farm, would think of this vision of the future of farming taking place in the fields of northwest France.

We think that he would be rather interested.

The following is from a piece entitled “With Centuries-Old Techniques, This Farm Is Preparing for the Future” by Klaus Sieg in

Charles Hervé-Gruyer’s most important tool looks like a wide fork crossed with a huge pasta machine on wheels. With his foot he presses the long row of tines into the ground. Pulling the tool towards him, the tines emerge. The rich scent of fertile earth fills the air. “Worms, woodlice, beetles, microorganisms,” says Hervé-Gruyer. “The whole diversity of nature remains undisturbed.” More…


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Eisenhauers Receive Cooperator Of The Year Award

17 Nov , 2020  

Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer, Eisenhauer Family Farm were recently recognized as the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District Cooperator of the Year at the District’s Annual Celebration.

The Eisenhauers’ dedication to numerous conservation practices serve to protect and preserve Richland County’s natural resources. Randy and Eileen Eisenhauer have been committed to agriculture and conservation their entire lives. They both grew up in agriculture families and have passed along their passion and dedication for agriculture and soil and water conservation along to their daughters.

The Eisenhauer Family Farm started with bare ground in 2003. More…

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Northwest County Farmers Act To Conserve Land

18 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District has shared news that two northwest Richland County farmers have acted to preserve over 300 acres of farmland.

Through the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Local Agriculture Easement Program, better known as the Ohio Farmland Preservation Program, Ohio farmers can receive compensation for placing acreage with a qualified organization that can project the area from development in perpetuity. More…

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Local Student Receives Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarship

18 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation

When recipients of the Ohio Farm Bureau’s several scholarships were announced recently, Richland County was represented.

Over $57,000 in scholarships were awarded in various categories that recognize academic effort, community engagement, and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education, or scientific research, according to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation.

Richland County student Brianna Carmack was a recipient of the Darwin Bryan Scholarship. More…

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The Birth Of A New Food Economy?

29 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

Some weeks ago, we shared a post about the new biography of author and conservationist Louis Bromfield. In that piece, which can be read here, we referenced the recent blog post by Stephen Heyman, writer of the Bromfield book, focusing on “Victory Gardens” and the potential for home gardening to regain a position of popularity across the country.

Today, we shared with you a recently-published article that carries forward the same theme, albeit on a larger scale. Could the current pandemic actually represent the birth of a new food economy?

By Stephanie Hiller, Yes!

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the future of the Cannard Family Farm—whose organic vegetables supplied a single Berkeley restaurant—was looking stark. More…

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All Things Business

Tough Times On The Farm: Agriculture In The Midwest

31 Mar , 2020  

by Ruth Conniff and Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

All in all, 2019 was a terrible year for farmers across the Midwest and so far 2020 doesn’t look much better.

Bad weather, trade wars and low prices due to oversupply all contributed to the grim economic news, even before the COVID-19 pandemic began wreaking havoc with export markets. More…

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Assistance Available For Ohio, Richland County Wetlands

18 Feb , 2020  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) encourages people and groups wanting to restore and protect critical wetlands to consider enrolling their property into conservation easements.

This year, the NRCS will invest in technical and financial assistance to help private landowners, tribes and other groups protect these valuable lands. Efforts will be focused on restoring previously drained agricultural lands and protecting the restored wetlands with easements. Landowners are financially compensated for enrolling their land in easements. More…

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Richland County Farm Bureau Seeks Intern

16 Feb , 2020  

The Richland County Farm Bureau is offering an internship for interested applicants who have graduated from high school.

The intern will provide special project and program support to the organization director to meet the needs of the membership relative to established organizational goals and objectives for Crawford, Marion, Morrow and Richland County Farm Bureaus. The position will be located in Mansfield and is a full-time position, 40 hours/week. More…


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Pollinator Habitats To Help Rescue Monarch Butterflies

24 Aug , 2019  

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The monarch population in the eastern U.S. has declined up to 90 percent in the last 20 years. In response, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) are helping monarchs by adding ideal habitats across the state.

This initiative has already reached District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation in Ashland, and Richland County should see a pollinator habitat installed before 2022. More…

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Innovative Urban Farm Project To Be Unveiled

23 Aug , 2019  

Part of the future of farm-to-table initiatives may very well be underway on a street corner in Mansfield, Ohio.

North End Community Improvement Collaborative, Inc. (NECIC) will have a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce the community to its new Urban Farm. In partnership with The Gorman-Rupp Company, The Ohio State Mansfield and The Richland Gro-Op Cooperative, the grand opening will be on Friday September 6th, 2019 from 5 PM to 6 PM. More…

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