For a couple of people who started out just wanting to grow some food for themselves, Jeff Boni and Karmi James sure have gotten steeped in farming.
Last year, with a season of vegetable gardening under their tool belts, the two started Paqarina Farm next to their apartment on Ira Avenue. The impending foreclosure of their building forced them to find new digs over the winter, but luckily they landed on a farm in Valley View that’s part of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy.
They’re still planning to farm the plot on Ira as well as working their approximately 18 acres in Valley View, Boni said. They’re keeping more bees this year and will be getting chickens soon, he said.
The farm still has CSA shares available. (CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, an arrangement in which people pay in advance for a share of a farm’s harvest.) Information is on Paqarina Farm’s website, but you’ll probably get more up-to-date information on its Facebook page.