Welcome to the Farm
This story began over 15 years ago when a relationship developed between Dale and Carol Bahr and conservation enthusiasts Clare and Cardinal board member Roland Johnson. The Bahr farm had been a part of the family since 1916, originally purchased by Dale’s grandfather. The Bahrs knew about Cardinal Land Conservancy, but were so busy taking care of the farm and the family business that protecting the land was not on the forefront of their minds. However, in Spring 2021 the Bahrs decided to pursue permanent protection of their 32-acre family farm.
Cardinal was able to work with the Bahrs who were willing to gift their property to Cardinal in exchange for us to protect it from being developed, forever.
Cardinal worked with Dale and Carol to retain a life estate, resulting in Cardinal’s ownership of the farm and the house, where the Bahrs retain the right to live as long as they like. In addition to this amazing gift, Cardinal was fortunate enough to raise additional funds to help make an immediate impact on the farm.
Cardinal looks forward to working with community leaders to help guide us in ways that will allow us to better work with community members. This includes one of our key partners, Springfield Township. The community will then be able to learn about local food production and have a way to enjoy nature.
Cardinal works with tenants who lease six acres to grow produce for local residents to purchase on a weekly basis. The group is called Our Harvest Cooperative and they have been on the farm for 11 years and will continue to lease property and grow local food. The vast majority of the property is utilized for cattle, where we have a cow/calf operation of mostly black angus grass fed beef.