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open sourcing the q&a for state land rfp

There are 9 farms in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park that are part of a special program called the Countryside Initiative. These Park farms are committed to sustainable agriculture, and work with their park partners to be good land stewards. Earlier this year, the Countryside Initiative Request For Proposals (RFP) opened for two new farms. All questions asked specific to the farm program and farm properties listed in the RFP were publicly answered here.

This is a valuable resource to those of you looking to lease land through National Parks across the country (a growing movement). Click HERE to check out the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Countryside Initiative!

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national park to offer farmland

If you’ve ever daydreamed about fleeing your desk to start a farm, or trading in your mortgage to live in a national park, doing both at the same time might feel like winning a custom-made lottery (after scratching off your bacon-scented ticket, of course).

In May, the National Park Service’s (NPS) Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio will announce its latest call for applications in a program that awards 60-year leases to farm on park land. Lease holders live in single-family renovated farm structures within the park. Only three coveted leases will be awarded in this cycle, and the NPS doesn’t see another call for applications in the foreseeable future.

The successful competitors will join 10 national park farms already established in Cuyahoga. Cuyahoga is on 33,000 protected acres nestled between Cleveland and Akron. Today, the area surrounding it is mainly suburban, but at its peak in the 19th century, the valley had 700 to 800 farms. “One of the park’s goals is preserving that rural farming landscape,” says Jennie Vasarhelyi chief of Interpretation, Education, and Visitor Services. Click HERE to read more!