In the rolling countryside of Richland County, Louis Bromfield, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and dedicated conservationist, created his dream — Malabar Farm. Inspired by his love of the land, Bromfield restored the rich fertility of the farmlands and preserved the beauty of the woodlands. He built a 32-room country home, where his family, friends and neighbors could share the pleasure of life on the farm.
In 1976, Malabar became one of Ohio's state parks. As a park, Malabar Farm is dedicated to perpetuating Bromfield's farming philosophies, preserving the Big House and its many artifacts, and providing a place where visitors can explore life on a farm and the beauty of nature.
Visitor and Education Center
Education is an important part of Malabar's sustainability program. Educational exhibits and demonstrations explain the benefits of techniques such as crop rotation, no-till seeding, strip cropping, contour plowing, green manure (tilling crops back into the soil), wind breaks, cover crops, water conservation and minimizing energy inputs. The Earth's Energy exhibit (sponsored by General Electric) shows and explains to visitors how the solar/wind system works and displays data on electricity production and demand with an interactive touch screen system.
Malabar Farm Foundation
The Malabar Farm Foundation was founded in 1993 to provide resources in support of the vision and programming of Malabar Farm State Park. In addition, the Foundation preserves, educates, promotes and extends the legacy of Louis Bromfield in the fields of agriculture, conservation and literature. The Louis Bromfield Society, a membership program, was established in 2000 to raise funds in support of this mission. Annual giving to Louis Bromfield Society has helped to fund many projects at Malabar Farm State Park.
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