Chagrin Valley School & Permaculture
Kelly’s Working Well Farm began in 2012 with the goal of creating a place where community members could come to learn about sustainable agriculture, make crafts using natural materials, and connect with animals and nature just minutes away from downtown Chagrin Falls. We were inspired by the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.
Summer camps for children have been held at the farm every year since 2013, and in 2016 our school was created. Our school is located on a 6 acre permaculture farm which connects deeply with our school philosophy and provides a range of educational experiences for our students and the wider community. The farm has vegetable gardens, perennials, hugelkultur swales, compost, greywater systems, natural buildings made with clay and straw, a yurt, composting toilet, and more. There is a variety of farm animals including rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cats & dogs, that serve multiple functions including education, restoring the land, as well as producing things like eggs, wool and meat. These things employ permaculture in the traditional sense which the school, summer camps and community events serve as a form of social permaculture, see this article for more info about permaculture.
Our vision is to become an embedded part of the local community and economy, not only with the farm and school, but also as a place where people can develop their own business as part of the total farm/school/store enterprise (eg Joel Salatin’s Fiefdom model). So, for example, a person might want to try out being a beekeeper, raising bees, harvesting honey and creating value added products. They could start with some hives at the farm or at their own home, develop the products and sell them at the farm store. Someone else might want to offer classes on jam-making or fermentation, or making your own toiletries. We believe that this model will provide multiple benefits both to the new entrepreneur and to the farm and wider community. Contact us with questions or to make a proposal.
As entrepreneurs, we look forward to hosting and promoting other entrepreneurs in their endeavors. We have a number of spaces that may be a great fit for your workshop! Cost of facility rental is based on your site needs and individual program.
Host Your Event, Meeting
As a community hub, we look forward to hosting your event, meeting, etc. Cost of facility rental is based on your site needs and individual event.
Other Collaboration Ideas
Other revenue generating projects would include mushroom cultivation, meat chickens, medicinal herbs, food preservation classes, after school programming, rabbits, etc. We are always looking for qualified volunteers and entrepreneurs, spread the word!
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