Visit: 100 Cottage Grove Dr., Youngstown, OH 44505

Visit: 100 Cottage Grove Dr., Youngstown, OH 44505

ABOUT US

Bending Oak Farm is an educational farm committed to our mission of showing people what is possible when looking to create a more sustainable world. Through classes, workshops, school tours, community programs and hands-on experiences, we look to demonstrate attainable practices to better the lives of all people as we move to a sustainable culture. We invite you to come and experience how you can create a more sustainable life for you, your family, friends and your community.

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Years in the Making of Bending Oak

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Acres of land regeneration

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Inches of new topsoil

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Passionate employees

Using the 12 Principles of Permaculture

These ethics and principles help to focus our efforts as we work to rehabilitate the land.  Following the permaculture principle, “Use Small and Slow Solutions,” we have been careful not to overhaul the property as is often done in conventional farming. In conjunction with another principle, “Observe and Interact,” we spend ample time walking the property to see the characteristics of each area (i.e. we will ask, “what naturally grows there?” or, “how does the water move through an area and does it soak into the ground?”). We think about how we can best develop an area so we are working with nature rather than against it. We have worked hard at “integrating,” (another principle) all parts of the farm so they can benefit from one another. When we built the pond, we made sure to do so at a low point on the property so that all the runoff from a rainstorm could be captured and saved for later use. Also, when we built the barn, which is currently the hub of the property, we installed a rainwater catchment system and a solar PV system to harness the natural resources needed to function as a fully productive farm.

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A Story of Healing

Bending Oak Farm has been using the principles of permaculture to bring a desecrated piece of property back to a fully functioning ecological community. When we took this land under our wing, it had gone from being a mature forest ecosystem to an empty plot that had been stripped of all its trees and plants and denuded of topsoil. By following the ethics and design principles set forth by permaculture co-founders Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, we are well on our way to healing the land that has become Bending Oak Farm.

As we have built the farm through this permaculture process, we have come a long way in healing the land. We have built up to 5 inches of topsoil in certain parts of the property resulting in excess carbon, the main culprit of global warming, being taken out of the air and put back into the soil allowing for healthier, more nutritious plant growth. We have discovered many plant species beneficial to both humans and animals that we have been able to regenerate and populate, such as nonpoisonous sumac, touch-me-not, black locust, maple and elderberries to name a few. The wildlife has started returning to the area as well, with increases in the varieties and numbers of such species as birds, insects, woodchucks, groundhogs, deer, frogs and foxes.

info@bendingoak.com

100 Cottage Grove Dr.

Youngstown, OH 44505

(330) 942-0950


Hours:

Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

To be in compliance with Ohio’s Covid Guidelines, Bending Oak Farm is asking all visitors to the farm to take the following actions:

1) Wear a mask at all times while in all indoor areas on the farm or on any farm tours.

2) Practice social distancing by keeping a minimum of 6 ft between you and anyone not in your group.

3) If you need a mask break, please make sure you are outside and at least 10ft away from all other persons not in your group.

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