Countryside Conservancy

Akron community garden
JENNIFER CONN / WKSU

Akronites who are interested in gardening but don’t have the space or the skill can join a new urban farm cooperative.

Akron Cooperative Farms this month tilled the earth at an unused baseball park in North Hill.

Countryside Conservancy to Open Fresh Food Market in Downtown Akron

Sep 11, 2018
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COUNTRYSIDE CONSERVANCY

Residents near downtown Akron will have a new place to shop for fresh foods.

The Countryside Conservancy says local farmers will sell their foods in a new public food market in Akron’s Northside District. It will be located in the former Northside Lofts parking garage.

Rachel Goforth with Countryside says local food and produce has not been readily available in the downtown area.

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LAURA FONG / WKSU

The lease for Akron’s proposed year-round farmers’ market has been signed.

Countryside Conservancy, which holds seasonal markets near Highland Square, is looking to open the new market beneath the Northside Market. Tracy Emrick, the conservancy’s executive director, says the idea is to give Akron its own smaller version of Cleveland’s West Side Market.

She hopes the project will add to Downtown Akron’s revitalization.

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LAURA FONG / WKSU

The Countryside Conservancy has a new executive director. Tracy Emrick has been the acting director since last fall, when she took over from founder Darwin Kelsey. He passed away last December. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia caught up with Emrick over coffee. He asked her about her friend and mentor and what challenges she sees for urban farming in Northeast Ohio.

Tom Jones / CVNP

The design and development stage for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s new multi-million dollar visitor center should start in 2017.  The project got the go-ahead after the park board recently approved  the purchase of land for the facility. 

Planning for a new visitor center has been in the works for about seven years. Park spokeswoman Jenni Vasarhelyi says the national park has outgrown the current facility.

photo of Darwin Kelsey
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Hundreds of people gathered at Happy Days Lodge in Peninsula Saturday to pay their respects to Darwin Kelsey, founding director of Countryside Conservancy.

A lone violinist played “Ave Maria” at the memorial for Kelsey, one of the few somber moments in what was really a celebration life.

picnic
Brian Reitz / Countryside Conservancy

It’s time to grab a blanket, load the cooler and pack the basket. It’s traditional to have a picnic on the nation’s birthday. But as WKSU’s Vivian Goodman reports in today’s Quick Bite, nature-loving foodies have found another special occasion to dine in the open air.

This year is the centennial of the National Park System, and Northeast Ohioans have been celebrating throughout the Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s 33,000 acres.