Ashtabula County -- Perfect Place to Practice Sustainability

Real Estate Broker/Owner with All Points Realty

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.

Comments (2)

Debbie DiFonzo
Debbie DiFonzo - United Country VIP Realty, SW Missouri - Lebanon, MO
Lebanon MO and Buffalo Missouri Real Estate

You bring up a great point Kathy- 10 -50 acres is sufficient I believe fo sustainable living. A larger tract than that probably isn't necessary. I have an 11 acre piece listed and it's amazing what this seller can do on this size acreage. (garden, chickens, goats, a cow.)

Feb 16, 2009 01:47 PM
Kathy Holmes

Hi Debbie--I was at an Entrepreneurs for Sustainability event in Cleveland , Oh last night.  It's amazing the amount one can produce on a city lot.  They're even raising chickens in the city.  Last night's event was E4S's annual networking event focused on growing and consuming local foods. Check out this link Help spread the cause nationally and pledge to  make a conscious effort to have at least 20% of your food consumption supplied by local sources!!  I have and will help to spread the word here in Ashtabula County!!! E4S is a great organization. You can learn more about them and future events at

Feb 17, 2009 11:28 PM