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15 Jan 2021

January 2021 – COVID Update

January 2021 – COVID Update

January 15 – 2021

With Hamilton County entering purple status, we would like to remind you that Greenacres is operating on an essential employees only status and will be suspending any programming until further notice.

What does this mean for patrons of Greenacres: 

  • Our farm store will remain open and continue to operate on a curbside pickup model. Please use our product availability page to see what we have available and for instructions on how to place an order. 
  • Farm production will remain consistent in order to provide as many fresh vegetables and meat products to our farm store and community. 
  • All location, besides the Farm Store, are currently closed to visitors in order to keep everyone safe as well as our livestock.
  • Education, equine, and volunteer programs are on hold and will return as soon as local and state health guidelines determine it to be safe. If you have a specific question about a program please reach out to your contact person in that department.
  • Our venue will be closed for meetings and tours until further notice. 

 

We look forward to serving you this year and will continue to monitor the situation in order to keep our guests, employees and animals safe.        

20 Nov 2020

Remembering a Founder – Guy D. Randolph Jr.

Remembering a Founder – Guy D. Randolph Jr.

Guy D. Randolph, Jr., born July 30, 1923, passed away peacefully with family at his side on November 10 in Savannah, Georgia. A lifelong Cincinnati resident, Guy moved to Savannah in 2013, after the passing of his wife Jane Russell Randolph, to be close to his sons. He grew up in Hyde Park with his parents Guy D. and Thelma Randolph and his sister Betty (Rowe), all pre-deceased. He attended The Ashville School where he excelled in sports and leadership. He graduated from the Naval R.O.T.C. program at Northwestern University. Guy was a WWII Lieutenant J.G. in the United States Navy, serving on LST 343 in the South Pacific. Based out of Pearl Harbor, his ship supplied allied troops with armament. After the war, he joined his father in the insurance business and later founded the Randolph Company which is helmed today by his son, Carter. Jane & Guy enjoyed 65 years of marriage and raised 4 children: Guy III (Sandra), Milton Russell, Carter (Patricia), and Mary McGraw (Michael). They have 10 grandchildren and 6 great grands.

Guy was an avid tennis player at the Cincinnati Country Club and an enthusiastic golfer at the Camargo Club, where he and Jane were known to walk 9 holes almost daily, well into their 80’s. Guy served on the boards of The Christ Hospital, The L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation and the Camargo Club. Most significantly, he and Jane were founding members of the Greenacres Foundation. He was best known for his keen and quick sense of humor, and his devotion to family and country. The Randolph Family is appreciative of the Marshes of Skidaway Island where Guy enjoyed 7 years and befriended many fellow patriots. We remain forever grateful for his loyal caregivers, especially Maria Montoya. Guy Guy will be sorely missed and deeply treasured. To all of his friends and family, he’d say, “Proud to know ya'”. Memorials may be made to the Greenacres Foundation, 8255 Spooky Hollow Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45242.

19 May 2020

2020 Summer Camps Update

2020 Summer Camps Update

May 19 2020

In light of the health and safety issues created by the COVID -19 virus Greenacres is cancelling our Summer Camp programs for 2020 with full refunds being issued over the coming weeks.  This decision was not easy to reach, but we will not put any child at risk. We carefully reviewed Ohio’s guidelines for Day Camp and the activities of our day camps. It quickly became clear that compliance with the guidelines would greatly distract from the camp activities and we could not guarantee compliance with all of the guidelines at all times.

Our Summer Camps have been a fixture of the community for many years and our staff and campers have enjoyed wonderful experiences. During this challenging time many activities are being altered or cancelled and we regret that Greenacres Summer Camps is now among those activities that will not be held this year.

Greenacres looks forward to returning to normal activities as soon as possible and we are already working on great new camp ideas for 2021.

Until we can safely return to normal operations, “The Place to Be” will be on social media and our website. We encourage you to keep up with happenings around the farm this summer.

Stay Healthy!

-Greenacres

11 Apr 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Supporting the community through education and preservation are foundational values of the Greenacres Foundation and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. With values so closely aligned, it is only natural that these organizations trade ideas, support each other, and have coexisted for over 30 years. Because of this strong relationship, when Greenacres saw their neighbor in need, they were quick to respond.

“While Greenacres was making the decision to donate $1 million to support local organizations during this crisis, the Zoo was high on our list.” said Carter Randolph, Greenacres President. “They hadn’t asked us for help, but we knew that a potential shutdown order was going to have a major impact on their business and would drastically impact their revenue, but the cost of maintaining the animals would not change. Our founders, Louis and Louise Nippert, believed in the Zoo’s mission and offered support whenever it was needed. So we asked ourselves “What would the Nipperts do?”.

The answer was obvious and within days of Governor DeWine officially declaring a stay-at-home order, Greenacres donated $150,000 to the Zoo. It was a much needed surprise for the Zoo as they were just starting to seek assistance in managing their upkeep costs. “Greenacres was the first to give a gift to support our Emergency Operating Fund. It was a shot in the arm that inspired us to move forward and garner support from other groups.” said Cincinnati Zoo Director, Thane Maynard.

Brighter Days Ahead

Both organizations have had to cancel or postpone in-person field trips and events until at least May, but are adjusting to the changes by offering educational opportunities and experiences via digital outlets. “Our world changed and we have to find a way to continue to transform and enhance the lives of the 30,000 children who visit Greenacres annually without in person visits. Virtual learning opportunities are being developed by our staff and while they provide a great resource nothing can replace the impact on a child of a walk through a Beech Maple forest, collecting warm eggs from under a chicken, standing within a few feet of a mother cow or expressing their impression of the wonders of Greenacres through a song.” said Randolph. The two organizations look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as the public health risks subside and to many more years of working together.