Organic farms in Northeast Ohio

Below is a list of those organic farmers and producers located in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Portage, Summit, Medina and Lorain counties certified by The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA). Following the list are organic farming resources.

Cuyahoga County based:

Louis Rorimer & Family

Snake Hill Farm, L.P.
17900 S Park Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
Snake Hill Farm is a diversified family farm producing vegetables, meat products, eggs and maple syrup. We sell organic vegetables at the North Union Farmers' Markets in Cleveland and Lakewood.

Crooked River Coffee Company
761 Beta Drive, Ste. E
Cleveland, Ohio 44143
Ohio's first specialty coffee roaster to receive USDA National
Organic Program (NOP) Certification from Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association. Select-grade custom roasted
coffees available through local retailers (coffee stores, fine restaurants, grocers & specialty shops) supporting sustainable practices and high grade crop production. Organic and environmentally friendly products such as teas, syrups & unbleached filters also available.

Geauga County based:

Molly Bartlett

Silver Creek Farm
P.O. 126
Hiram, OH 44234
Fax: 330-569-7076
Silver Creek Farm is a small diversified farm that raises non-certified hormone-free lamb and poultry and certified herbs, berries and vegetables. Stoneware pottery, home-spun yarn, mohair and hand-knit sweaters are also available. We have an on-farm market open Wednesday-Saturday, April-November, and Saturdays throughout the year. We welcome groups and, by arrangement, offer educational tours. We have a CSA program that has been in place for 10 years and serves 100+ households. [Silver Creek Farm supplies produce to the Cleveland Food CoOp]

Stephen Dacosta

Fly By Night Farm
18854 Snyder Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
Garlic only.

Patricia & James Iubelt

Maple Ridge Vineyard
6326 Dewey Rd.
Madison OH 44057
We are a small diversified family operated farm established 1994, and certified by OEFFA since 1997. We became a bonded winery in 2000, and will release vinifera, European-style wines made from our grapes this spring. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, eggs, lamb, maple syrup and non-certified honey are sold at the farm and at the North Union Farmers' Market in Cleveland.

Portage County based:

Mark & Carol Busson

Dragon Fly Farm
PO BOX 148
Randolph OH 44265
We are a small certified organic family farm producing all kinds of vegetables in the summer season and specialty greens in the winter, spring and fall. We have a small CSA and are regular sellers at the Haymaker Farmers' Market in Portage County on Saturdays from 9am-1pm, June through October.

Tom & Rosalie Franek

Butternut Hill Farm
12232 SR 700
Hiram, OH 44234-9710
Small family farm in operation since 1993. Specializing in pick-your-own red and golden raspberries. A variety of tree seedlings, vegetables and flowers are also available as well as concord grapes and shiitake mushrooms.

Janet & Roy Hahn

Sweetbriar Farm
11213 Parkman Rd.
Garrettsville, OH 44231
Fax: 330-527-5397
Family farm dedicated to diversity and sustainability. Producer of certified organic vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and non-certified natural meats, honey, maple syrup, candy and milk goats. Spring seedling sale. Market open year round. Shop at the farm or become a CSA member.

Bill Pennell

Rootstown Organic Farm
3847 New Milford Rd.
Rootstown, OH 44272 -9670
Specializing in garlic, including early spring garlic, garlic pearls, bulbs for storage, braids and planting stock. Also offering a variety of potatoes and fresh vegetables, including early greens. Home processing, restaurant and store orders are welcome. Orders upon request.

Summit County based:

Kathleen Evans

Pure Intentions Organic Herb Farm
162 N Portage Path
Akron, OH 44303
Fax: same
Pure Intentions Gardens and Greenhouse is a small family owned and operated enterprise dedicated to delivering the highest-quality, organically grown, fresh-cut herbs, vegetables and edible flowers to restaurants, caterers and retail stores. Premium quality wheatgrass and wheatgrass juicers are available all year round. We are delighted to discuss the health benefits of our products with anyone interested in better living through better eating. Call Kathy at 330/835-9463 or Ann at 330/928-4925.

Tomothy Knorr

Crown Point Ecology Center
PO BOX 484
Bath, OH 44210 0484
Fax: 330/668-9176
Crown Point Ecology Center is a 130-acre farm and education center overlooking the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There have been community gardening programs here since 1980 that have expanded to a 56-member CSA and Foodbank Farm. Over the past four years, half our produce has been donated to area hunger centers by way of the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. The Center was founded and is supported by the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron.

Mark Welton

Deer Run Farm
3398 Reimer Rd.
Norton, OH 44203
We are a four-acre produce operation, carrying a wide range of produce. We sell to markets, farmers' markets, restaurants and the public. We welcome walk-in traffic when we are there. We recommend calling before coming out. This year non-certified chickens in chicken tractors have been added.

Medina County based:

Howard & Mary Hall

Hall Family Farm
7715 Branch Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
We are a 75-acre diversified family farm specializing in organic vegetables, cut flowers and herbs, and certified hay and corn. We also raise non-certified Navajo-Churro sheep and sell breeding stock and wool for handspinners. We sell our produce at the North Union Farmers' Markets, Saturday morning at Shaker Square in Cleveland, and Wednesday afternoons in Lakewood. We also sell directly to restaurants and natural food stores.

Alvin L. Keim

Keim Farm
11775 Holshoe Rd.
Homerville, OH 44235
Certified organic producers of vegetables, some small fruits, maple syrup and maple tree water, a unique water for drinking. (Spectogram indicates a live factor in the water, a rare phenomenon.)

Larry Luschek

Infinite Garden Farm
8102 Crow Rd.
Litchfield, OH 44253
Our farm has been certified organic since 1998. We grow a wide variety of vegetables and specialize in garlic, peppers and broccoli.

Gary Mennell

Risley Agricultural Center
10580 Smith Rd.
Litchfield, OH 44253
This all organic, non-profit program enables youth to visit and experience working on a real farm with nature, soils, plants and non-certified animals.Youth also work with fish, worms, honeybees, wildlife, trees and wood lots, woodworking, machinery and foods.

Roy Mennell

Mennell Acres
10532 Smith Rd.
Litchfield, OH 44253
Fax: 330-648-2331
We invite you to visit us at Mennell Acres. This is the third year we have been certified organic on 159 acres. For our beef and dairy enterprises, we use only animals born and raised on our farm, and we try to feed them only crops that have been grown on our farm. Our goal is to become 100% organic, in all aspects of our operation, in the near future.

John Seman

Pauline A. Seman's Farm
7459 W. Smith Rd.
Medina, OH 44256
First year applicant for spelt.

Franklin Semkow

4532 Beat Rd.
Litchfield, OH 44253

Daryl & Sue Steiner

Sweet Grass Farm
3505 Rohrer Rd.
Wadsworth, OH 44281
We are a diversified 80-acre family farm that offers grass-fed beef and non-certified pastured poultry and eggs. New in 2001 is our own handcrafted goat's milk and herbal soap. Visitors welcome by appointment.

Richard & Karen Stoll

Shady Lawn Farm
8155 Ryan Rd.
Seville, OH 44273
Fax: 330-769-1529
We raise spelts and hay. We have alfalfa-clover-spelts and organic hay for sale. We also have very reasonable long distance service. Welcome visitors anytime.

Lorain County based:

John Fortney

21370 Quarry Rd.
Wellington, OH 44090
Five acres, certified since 1996. We grow potatoes (several varieties), tomatoes, sweet corn, broccoli, stringbeans, peas and spinach. We sell our produce at Oberlin Farmers' Market and to individuals interested in enjoying organic food. We enjoy meeting and talking with like-minded people.

Gerry Gross

Oberlin Sustainable Agriculture Project (OSAP)
10915 Pyle-South Amherst Rd.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Fax: 440-775-5946
The Oberlin Sustainable Agriculture Project, Inc. (OSAP) operates a Community Supported Agriculture farm with over 80 subscribers. OSAP is a member of the Oberlin Farmers' Market Association in Oberlin and provides educational, research and volunteer opportunities for Oberlin college students in collaboration with the college's environmental studies program. OSAP also operates a low-income outreach program for residents on food assistance.

Lawrence & Norma Knoble

Bartish Farms 19450 Pitts Rd.
Wellington, OH 44090
Fax: 440-647-6044
Family owned and operated grain and hay farm. Custom raise non-certified beef and club calves. Honeybees also make their home with us.

Other resources:

Ohio Ecological Food & Farming Association
P.O. Box 82234
Columbus OH 43202
614-267-FOOD; fax 614-267-4763

Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
The national sustainable farming information center.

The Community Food Coalition

Information about food security programs, USDA Community Food Security Initiative, events, grant opps and more.

The Ecological Paradigm

Ohio State University's Bobby Moser has published several papers arguing importance of using an ecological paradigm.

Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center

New work as a result of connections between the sustainable agriculture community and OSU.

Ohio's Farmer's Markets

Innovative Farmers of Ohio

The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association (BDA)

A non-profit organization open to the public and formed in the U.S. in 1938 in order to foster, guide, and safeguard the Biodynamic method of agriculture.

Organic Farming Research Foundation

A national non-profit organic farming research and lobbying organization.

The Humane Farming Association

A nonprofit organization committed to uncovering and alleviating the suffering of farm animals.

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