“John, please be careful…,” Molly Chester calls to her husband from off-camera as he approaches a Highland cow on their farm in the California countryside. In 2011, with a dream of harvesting in harmony with nature and their dog Todd in tow, the couple left their jobs and city life to start Apricot Lane Farms.
Do not bathe or wash clothes. Do not cook with tap water. Definitely, do not drink the water. These were our directives in August 2014 after a perfect storm of nutrient pollution, soaring temperatures and swirling winds led to a poisonous algal bloom in Lake Erie that contaminated our local water intake.
Black Swamp Conservancy is seeking to hire a part-time Events and Education Coordinator to join its staff in protecting the region’s natural communities and family farms.
Ohio survey includes Conservancy propertiesWith more than 164 species identified in Ohio alone, dragonflies and damselflies are an important indicator of the health of our wetlands and water. The Ohio Dragonfly Project, a joint effort between the Ohio Odonata Society and the Ohio Division of Wildlife, is currently underway (through July 10) to update a […]
Construction breaks ground this monthConstruction is set to begin this month to create streamside forests and wetlands on a 48-acre site along the Maumee River in Paulding County, which is part of Forrest Woods Nature Preserve. The Forrest Riverland project will expand habitat for birds, animals and fish while reducing nutrients and sediment entering the […]
Five area locations for 2019 programGet outside with your kids – or your friends – or by yourself – and walk in a beautiful setting while you’re reading a book! Black Swamp Conservancy is bringing back our Story Trail program for the summer, with events in five locations this year.The program is based on the […]
Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide Introduced in MaySchools, youth educators and families throughout northwest Ohio are getting a first look at the state’s latest field guide for Ohio wildlife. The Conservancy launched Ohio Wildlife: A Coloring Field Guide with a number of spring events, and have given away more than 750 copies of the guide.The […]
Slowed by spring rains, but undeterredOur Food & Farm Initiative’s first farm is coming to life, and it’s an experience reflective of all the other farmers in northwest Ohio this spring. The first plants of Mike Schiewer’s Herbaceous Ltd. farm are in the ground at the 2/3 acre plot near the Conservancy Homestead. This spring’s […]
Wild Trillium Common in Great Black Swamp HabitatBy Rick BarricklowCertainly, one of my favorite Oak Openings Region spring ephemerals, is the Large-flowered Trillium. It will flower, produce seeds and store nutrients for the following spring within a short time. Then it returns underground for the remainder of the year leaving only a bare stalk with […]
Property Owners, New Farmers, Experts are Part of New EffortWith the first stretch of dry weather, farmers will take to the fields of northwest Ohio. Our first Food & Farm Initiative partnership will also be taking root on the land near our Homestead, but we are still actively seeking land to pair with new farmers.One […]