The George Jones Farm is a 70-acre farmstead owned by Oberlin College and leased by the New Agrarian Center (NAC) as a cooperative farm incubator and educational center.
The farm combines production areas for vegetables, fruit and vermi-composting with efforts to restore natural habitat. We approach the farm from an ecosystem perspective, working to restore topsoil, wetlands, forests, and meadows to create a truly sustainable food web that feeds people as well as wild plants and animals.
The Jones Farm includes a variety of natural farming applications including a timber-frame office built with a strawbale and earth plaster wall system, and six experimental wetlands to better understand how farming and restoring biodiversity can be more compatible.
At the Jones Farm we “grow” farmers through intern apprenticeships with Oberlin College students and provide a living laboratory for students in the Lorain Community College Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture Program. Food is grown for City Fresh and Oberlin College. Programs for School Children and three weeks of Summer Discovery Camp provide children with the opportunity to learn how food grows and experience a variety of outdoor activities.