Agraria is a center for research and education about regenerative land use that supports the expansion of our regional food system and serves as a platform for building community resilience. Agraria is a project of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions.
During our soils conference in February 2017 we learned of a farm that was going up for auction on the western edge of Yellow Springs. A few of our members approached us, asking us to take the lead on the purchase of a parcel that included Jacoby Creek, part of the sensitive local watershed that supplies drinking water for Xenia and Yellow Springs. Protecting the Jacoby Creek watershed has been a goal of area conservationists for over 40 years.
Over the next few weeks, community support for acquiring and protecting the property grew, and Community Solutions was able to purchase two tracts that included 128 acres of rolling farmland, a house, a barn, a workshop—and Jacoby Creek.
Agraria, as our farm is known, integrates our strategic focus areas of resilient communities, regenerative land use, community economics, energy democracy, and being the change. Our goal is that it serve as a multifunctional center for research and education on regenerative practices that benefit the landscape, those who work it to put food on our collective table, and the economic and social fabric of the larger community. Our overarching mission is to support the expansion of our regional food system and serve as a platform for building community resilience.
The work has already begun on reaching out and building partnerships that will support Agraria as a vital and viable community and regional resource. We have engaged with neighbors, farmers, conservationists, educators, researchers, and others in a visioning of the possibilities for Agraria. One of the projects we have been working on is a collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and Tecumseh Land Trust on a restoration project that includes removal of invasives along Jacoby Creek, remeandering the stream, and replanting the riparian corridor with native species. The restored area will be protected by a conservation easement. We have also established research and educational partnerships with area universities and school districts. You can read more about plans for Agraria on our interactive map.
We are grateful for the support and encouragement we have received for Agraria and hope you will join us for our Gratitude Walk and Open House on Thursday, December 21, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Agraria. There will be a tour of our new offices and an update on what’s in store for the future as well as fellowship, music, and refreshments.
We will, of course, need continued support to fully realize Agraria’s potential as a community asset and resource for strengthening regional self-reliance and resilience. Here’s how you can help support Agraria:
· Volunteer during one of our work days or events. Click here to add your name to our list of volunteers and watch our website for upcoming volunteer events.
· We want to hear your ideas and feedback! Please contact us to offer your input.