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Fostering an Appreciation for the Land

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Dear Friends of Stratford,

Stratford is closed to the public. Our closure includes all Stratford property:  the buildings, trails, farm & land.
All programs have been canceled. We will reevaulate and update as appropriate.

Consistent with Ohio Governor DeWine’s announced closure of all K-12 schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Stratford Ecological Center will close to the public starting on Monday, March 16, 2020.   As this situation evolves, Stratford administrators will closely monitor and comply with both State and Federal guidance.  Our intention is to welcome you back to Stratford as soon as it is prudent and in the best interest of our students, families, friends, dedicated staff and generous volunteers. 


Even though Stratford will be closed to the public, the farm is alive with activity.  The farm animals are being fed and watered, eggs collected, and beehives maintained.  Dozens of newborn lambs, chicks, goats, calves and piglets are being tended.  Farm fields and machinery are being prepared for Spring planting.  Please know that the entire Stratford team is working hard and eagerly awaiting your return.

In the meantime, continue to care for your loved ones, support your community and protect the earth.

Welcome to Stratford Ecological Center

The Stratford Ecological Center is a non-profit educational organic farm and nature preserve on 236 acres in Delaware County, Ohio. Visitors are welcome to explore the land, hike the 4 miles of nature trails, visit the livestock, tour the gardens and greenhouses or explore the creek, pond, prairie, swamps or State Nature Preserve. Farm products are available for sale seasonally, based on availability.

Stratford offers workshops and classes for children and adults, annual festivals, farm tours, school tours, farm camp and family programs.

 

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Public
Programs & Events

Apr 03
Apr 11

Family Farm Chores

April 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Apr 14

Herb Study Group

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apr 16

Stratford Photography Club

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apr 18

Wildflower Walk for Adults

April 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Farm Market

Stratford’s Farm Market is now plastic bag free! We encourage you to bring your own reusable grocery bags when you come to purchase You-Pick produce,  grass-fed meats, or any of our Farm Market goodies. If you forget your own bag, no worries! Our  volunteers  have been hard at work making reusable bags our of t-shirts. Please help yourself (donations welcome)!

*Grass fed beef and lamb!
*Pick your own produce in the greenhouse!
*Local Latshaw Honey!
*Spotted Salamander handmade soap!
*Maple syrup

Thank you to our community
supporters and partners!

Support Stratford When you Shop!kroger

Volunteer Corner!

Looking for a way to volunteer while we are closed?
We would love to receive written pieces about yourself and why you choose to spend time volunteering at Stratford! You could also share a story/memory of a time at Stratford. With permission, we will share these in future newsletters and on social media. Please email your pieces to emily@stratfordecologicalcenter.org.


Nature’s Whispering –
Here is What I Hear!

Thank you to those who submitted poetry during out spring and summer collection!
Each month we will feature some of the poetry in the newsletter, and then add it on our website.

Check out the last few month’s poems!

“Stratford”

“Winter’s Warmth”

“Seasons transitions”

“Nature’s Symphony”

What Stratford is All About

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Stratford Ecological Center is excited to announce a gift of $34,650 from the American Electric Power Foundation for a new, environmentally friendly geothermal heating and cooling system. “This gift will enable Stratford to continue its focus on environmental and agricultural education for children and adults while showcasing renewable energy,” said Dale Heydlauff, AEP Foundation president.

The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP) and its utility operating units, including AEP Ohio which provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers.