© Bending Oak 2022

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

Bending Oak Showcase

bending oak farm arial view of pond, barn, and gazebo

Bring a picnic dinner and your family out to the farm to spend a lazy summer evening in nature and get your questions about your home projects answered.

Audience: Adults, Teens

Duration: 3 hours

Level: Beginner & beyond

The farm is always changing.  Not only from season to season, but new things are always popping up as each season progresses, as the sun moves throughout the sky or in response to the movement of the water after a rainstorm.

Come walk the farm with our farm manager as he points out what is evolving on the farm, offers tips on how you can take a similar walk through your own yard and learn to read what you are seeing, as well as answering your questions about what is leaving you stumped at home.

Bring a picnic dinner and your family out to the farm to spend a lazy summer evening in nature.

The farm and plant sale will be open from 5-8pm.

May 15

June 12

July 17

Aug 21

Sept 11

Oct 9

Permaculture Walks

Various Dates at 6pm

General Farm Admission
$10 Adults/$5 Kids (Ages 4-12*)
Ages 0-3 Free
*Play area will be open – parent supervision required

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James Matalik bending oak permaculture farm manager

James (Jim) Matalik

Jim joined Bending Oak in the fall of 2019 and became the Farm Manager in Spring of 2020. He is responsible for the continuing development of the 25-acre educational farm including the off grid infrastructure, fruit & nut orchards, food forest development, hoop house plant propagation and visitor facilities. Jim has extensive training in permaculture including the Permaculture Design Course with Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture, Advanced Permaculture Design with Peter Bane, and Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard. Jim is a trained and certified Arborist and has over 20 years’ experience in landscape design and operations with a primary focus on habitat restoration using native plants and trees. 

Jim holds an undergraduate degree in sculpture from Kent State University and has extensive experience working with different mediums including metal, wood and clay and has a love for architecture . He grew up in rural Pennsylvania which was the catalyst for his love of the natural world. Jim plays guitar and lives in Kent, Ohio with his partner Melissa where they cultivate permaculture principles in their backyard homestead with a variety of small animals and two very loud human children- Olivia and Hayden.

Bending Oak is proud to be a family owned and family-first workplace; In an effort to honor our staff and their families we will be closed on holidays.

© Bending Oak 2022