Sustainability--Our local newspaper editor asked for my thoughts on why Ashtabula County would be a good place to launch this type of lifestyle. Here's what I came up with:
Ashtabula is a great place to launch a sustainable lifestyle . Medium to larger tracts of land necessary to get started -generally ( 10-50 acres or more, with or without a home)-are still plentiful and affordable relative to the surrounding counties. There are multiple city bases w/in an hour and a half-often considered a reasonable commute--where one spouse can continue to work while the the family is establishing their sustainability-Cleveland, Youngstown, Warren and Erie. Ashtabula County resources are rich-Lake Erie, Roaming Shores, Lake Cardinal, and Pymatuning Lake, our rivers like the Grand River, the Ashtabula River and Conneaut Creek-- our covered bridges, our wineries, our existing orchards, farms and rural countryside, our state parks, The Rails to Trails Greenway path and large tracts of public hunting ground that offer some of the finest White-tailed deer habitat in the country-all things that continue to draw people through our county. These visitors afford an opportunity for those on the path to sustainability to generate some income from sales at roadside stands and local cooperative markets of goods they've developed on their farms. Almost all of the communities have newer school buildings , well equipped with technology to provide pleasant environments for our children to learn. Any of the rural areas of the county are friendly to the sustainability lifestyle. Monroe , Richmond and Windsor Townships remain unzoned-so anyone who may have thoughts that their lifestyle may become a commercial or even a light industrial venture may give extra consideration to those areas. Some of the most fertile ground in the county is found in Wayne and Williamsfield townships.