Darwin Kelsey directs the non-profit Cuyahoga Countryside Conservancy, which helps restore historic farming properties in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, as well as assign the properties to contemporary farmers to work in sustainable ways. Kelsey has a history of working in museums and studying historic agricultural traditions, and goals to restore local community agriculture. Kelsey described the negative effects of the modern food system, with decreasing numbers of farmers and insufficient nutritional value. The Countryside Conservancy's "Countryside Initiative" program created a partnership between the Countryside Conservancy, the National Park Service, and local farmers to help market and protect their products and maintain sustainable agricultural practices in the valley. In addition to his work with Countryside Conservancy, Kelsey works on his own farm where he raises Tennessee fainting goats for mainly the Hispanic market.
Kelsey, Darwin (interviewee)
Sezemsky, Meg (interviewer)
Cuyahoga Valley Project
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"Darwin Kelsey Interview, 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 518004.