a novel exploration of regenerative health and agriculture
What we do
Resilient Acres is located on 122 acres* of fields, streams, and forests in Northeast Ohio (Chardon). Since 2014, Christine & Michael have developed their original 23 acres into a homestead-style farm with permaculture gardens, a hugelkultur orchard, chickens, bees, goats, and succesional perennial polycultures. As the vision expanded to include the creation of more opportunities for others to make a meaningful change in our world, a contiguous 98 acre century farm came up for sale.
This pristine century farm was owned by a single family for the past 100 years. Originally it was a dairy farm with a large barn, several unique century homes and other out buildings, as well as a sugar maple grove tucked within its 70 acres of woods, and a 1- acre pond. For most of its recent years, it served as a country retreat for the family until the caretaker moved, at which point the family decided to sell. The land was bought in the late summer of 2018 and would become Resilient Acres.
Although the overall vision for the land is broad and multi-faceted, the focus is decidedly on health and wellness. The health of humans across the lifespan. The health of ecosystems. As well as all of the many factors that influence health. *We respectfully acknowledge and respect that this land was once cared for by Iroquois’ peoples. We welcome the participation of Native individuals who would like to be involved or help restore this land.
Michael was born and raised in Redlands, California. His interest in human and environmental health emerged early on. He often spent time around the elders who lived in the nursing homes his dad managed. He volunteered in nursing homes regularly in high school, and during his studies at Loyola Marymount University as a member of the Sursum Corda service organization.
Christine Cassella, M.S. is owner of Resilient Birth & Botanicals, a mother, community herbalist, and holistic birth keeper. She is most passionate about helping women reclaim their inherent connection with the cycles of nature, especially in the childbearing years. She received her certificate in herbalism with Rosemary Gladstar and is currently pursuing additional studies with Dr. Aviva Romm.
Margaret first came to Resilient Acres (then Light Footsteps) as a WWOOFer volunteer with an interest in living and working on a farm. She felt immediately aligned with the mission that Christine and Michael had for their piece of land and has been a part of implementing their vision since! She is now working as the garden manager and works to grow annual vegetables and perennials on the property.