Permanently preserve Turner and Meshewa Farms, drawing lessons from our rural heritage to help build a positive future, demonstrating that local, organic, low-impact food production grows healthy communities and healthy ecosystems.
Turner Farm operations promote connections between people of all ages and the land that feeds them, in body, mind and spirit.
Through education and example, we nurture understanding of the rhythms of nature, and our place in the natural world, fostering recognition of personal responsibility for stewardship of the land and development of a nurturing community.
Turner Farm is one of three working farms remaining within the village of Indian Hill. It has been in operation since the early 1800’s. In 1994, under the stewardship of Bonnie Mitsui, it became a farm devoted to growing organically.
The farm is home to a variety of plants and animals, both domestic and wild. There are open pastures for the sheep and chickens interspersed with gardens and fields.
Hedgerows and meadow mix with wooded areas. Wetland runoff feeds the pond.
As Bonnie Mitsui’s legacy, Turner farm will remain working organic farm and education center nestled in the Village of Indian Hill.Mary Elizabeth “Bonnie” Mitsui 1944-2013.
Turner Farm is dedicated to connecting people of all ages to the land that feeds them.
A core part of the farm’s mission is to educate the public about healthy food, sustainable farming methods and to have them participate in the farm’s seasonal cultivation and harvest cycles.
With the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) work-share model – shareholders are
required to work on the farm as part of their CSA membership.
Turner Farm Community Garden Program:
Beyond the farm, the Turner Farm leadership and staff have long been inspired by the work of Dan Parker’s Home Garden Project in Portland, Oregon.
Parker understood that the fresh vegetables that are essential to health are often edged out of low-income peoples’ diets by cheaper more filling starches and sweets.
He felt the best way to provide folks with the vegetables they needed was to teach them to grow them themselves through garden-based training.
Building on Parker’s Home Garden Project the Turner Farm Community Garden Program integrates its own tradition of community and shared work combined with its “Learn, Grow, Earn” initiative.
The program is open to anyone who would like to participate, and participants work in the garden in order to earn their personal raised bed gardens.
Turner Farm provides, at no charge, the resources to build a home vegetable garden.
This hands-on experience is coupled with regular gardening classes to provide the foundation of knowledge to inspire and sustain a lifetime of gardening.
It is not easy to start a new activity. Modern life can often get in the way of maintaining a home garden; something that requires attention and regular care.
If someone has never picked up a trowel or planted a seed, well, to imagine growing a vegetable garden for one’s family can seem overwhelming.
We want to change that and make raising one’s own healthy food a joyful and regular part of people’s lives.
Looking Toward the Future:
The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is committed to connecting people to their food through new collaborative methods and innovative urban land use with an emphasis on sustainable biological agricultural practices and civic engagement.
East End Community Pilot Project:
The Freedom Gardeners “Learn-Grow-Earn” project, the Turner Farm Community Garden Program pilot program located in the Cincinnati East End neighborhood.
It’s a variation of the Turner Farm Community Supported Agriculture model offering participants the opportunity to work in a community-based garden, share the harvest, learn gardening skills, and earn a raised garden bed for their home.
Learn – to grow fruit and vegetables
Grow – healthy food for your family and to share
Earn – a raised vegetable garden bed for your home*
Place-based Gardening Education:
The vegetable garden as pedagogy – through conscious planning and cultivation the garden serves as a model for best gardening practices – it is a “living textbook” with an emphasis on experiential learning.
Classes and Tutorials:
Classes are offered throughout the growing season. Topics include: plant anatomy, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest, and preserving your harvest.
Gardening tutorials are integrated into the cycle of work at the garden.
During work sessions time is taken to weave agriculture instruction into the daily cycle of work to integrate practical experience with class instruction – the garden is our best textbook.
During the growing season the garden manager has a schedule of days and times they are at the garden. Times are set with the participant’s work and family schedules in mind.
Times vary between morning, afternoons, weekdays, and weekends – but are on a recurring schedule.
When appropriate some gardeners may schedule themselves to work independently at the garden, although scheduling collaborative workdays is a priority.
* After participating in the training program and participating in the garden practicum, participants earn a raised bed for their home, as well as a season’s worth of fruits and vegetables while participating in the program.
Turner Farm offers a variety of educational classes; from gardening, to homesteading.
Come join us to learn a new skill or refresh an existing one. All classes are by reservation.
The Turner Farm Community Garden Program is offering a series of five free gardening classes.
During the five sessions we will work and learn together in the classroom and in our community garden in the East End Garden District – our “living textbook”.
Class topics will include growing fruits and vegetables naturally, plant anatomy, sowing seeds and potatoes, seasonal growing practices, managing pests, when and how to harvest as well as storing and preserving your garden bounty.
To help you better understand how to grow fruits and vegetables, and learn the annual cycle of work in a garden, everyone will work in their own garden journal.
The journal will also be supplemented with gardening fact sheets and diagrams to help you successfully garden at home or in a community garden.
Turner Farm Day Camps:
(For children ages 8 to 10)
Have you ever planted a tiny lettuce seed, pulled a long orange carrot from the ground, or found a fresh egg? Turner Farm invites children to experience life on a working farm.
Through hands-on activities we will discover how our food connects us to the soil, sun, water, and to each other. Together we’ll participate in the daily care of our organic gardens and animals.
We’ll plant seeds, weed gardens, harvest vegetables, milk the cow, collect eggs, and feed pigs and chickens.
After a day of farm work, we’ll relax by going fishing in the pond, reading a story under a tree, or making homemade ice cream.
(For ages 10-12)
The same as our regular camp (described above) but geared toward a slightly older child.
(For ages 11-14)
Like the regular farm day camp, this camp invites children to experience life on a working farm. It builds on the experience by working with the products and resources on the farm, such as food, draft animals, farm equiptment and wool.
Turner Farm Themed Camps:
(For children ages 6-10)
Animal Babies at Turner Farm- Explore the different characteristics of animal babies and their parents while you explore the inner-workings of the farm. NOW FULL!
Butterfly Camp- This camp will include identifying area butterflies, working in our flower garden, and butterfly-inspired art.
Woodland Adventure- In this camp we will learn new skills as we explore our great outdoors in the woods. Through fun activities we will re-connect with nature while exploring our beautiful woodland acres.
Come on back to our Farm Market, stocked with all the certified organic herbs and vegetables we grow here on Turner Farm.
We are open every day during daylight hours, except for Thursdays and Sundays (Come see us at the Madeira Market on Thursday afternoons all year long!).
It is a self-serve farm market. We invite you to pop open the fridges to see what’s fresh and seasonal. Eggs go out faster than they come in, but every so often you’ll even find eggs in our Egg Fridge!
Prices are written up on the chalkboard and we provide recycled grocery bags for your goodies. (We accept donations of clean, dry grocery bags, too!) We only accept cash and checks.
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7400 Given Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243.
8:30 am – 8:00 pm.