Our ribbon cutting for the EY Ranch will be October 27 at 3:30pm! Mark it on your calendar to attend. In case you’ve missed our progress, check out a little about our property below and then come for a great celebration on October 27.
We have a real address! Due to the overwhelming gift from Community Savings Bank, in April 2017, Empower Youth Ranch came into being and our work found a home. The ranch is a work in progress and we are thrilled to say it is progressing FAST!
Here are some of the plans for the ranch:
Peachie’s Place, a packing barn for all our weekend food bags and an area to store frozen food for our Summer picnics. This project has had many hands to bring it to useability: Lowe’s, Sardinia Concrete, KangaRoof, RiverHills Church, Connect Church, and Loveland Christian Church are just few of the heavy hitters involved in this project.
The Long Barn, not an official name but definitely a place that has potential. Our goals include changing barn abused as a garage into a grand hall to host community groups, receptions, poverty education and service learning workshops, as well as a few “Pay-What-You-Feel” cafe nights. Thanks to very benevolent couple in Clermont County we already have half of the insulation for this remodel as well as knotty pine ordered for the interior.
The Art Barn, as it is called today, is the home of our current art program. We were blessed with addition of Master Artists from the Parsons School of Design in New York coming to take residence in Bethel specifically to pour their talent into the culture and children of Bethel. Their goal is to not do art for art’s sake but to do art as a way to connect students to the history and culture of our once farming town. It really is a perfect match. Our artists will be working with us for one year. You can read more about their work on their blog Soil Series.
The Horse barn, is our last standing structure in the barn yard and along with the Long Barn has much potential. Our project manager, Natalie Powers, is a junior at Bethel High School and is in charge of bringing life into these neglected bones. Our biggest goal was just cleaning it up and repairing from years of abuse. The newest structure built in 2010, has definitely seen better days but with the help from many different work teams it is coming together. We hope to board a couple of goats, some chickens, and some 4-H projects, but there is still much dreaming to do for this structure.
The tearing down of the old barn… When we arrived on the ranch for the first time, we loved this old barn because of her character. But it wasn’t too long until we realized she was just too old and dangerous to leave standing and unfortunately the work to keep her going would have been to costly for our group. We are thankful to the many groups that came in to help tear her down piece by piece. Her first lean-to went to scrap when the Miami Valley Christian Academy showed up on a work day and the rest of her was laid to rest after a week of Junior High Discipleship Camp from Woodland Lakes made us their work project.
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