The EY Ranch Ribbon Cutting

EY Ranch Address:

2800 State Route 125, Bethel, OH 45106

 

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:

 

20170414_124103

The beginning clean out of the packing barn… May 2017

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.

21272338_1927254124208823_2354131092572009969_n

The first packing in the almost completed barn!- September 2017

 

21543797_1932029313731304_6285821723065682720_o

The packing barn gets her name– Peachie’s Place. This is named after a long time advocate for students in Clermont County, Peachie Glassmeyer who passed away in February  2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19274912_1893740790893490_4556837990278252369_n

Long Barn… not even started… but getting the supplies on hand!

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.

 

 

20046649_1904583176475918_8103088688025747985_n

19984112_1907153462885556_2556767007792186421_o

Long Barn Project Manager: Natalie Powers

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.

 

This article will be updated often! Check back 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: