Evans Farm Community Get Together

Community Get Together: Get a Taste of Evans Farm Living

Get a Taste of Evans Farm Front Porch Living August 27th 2 PM- 5 PM

Details:

đź“… Sunday, August 27 at 2 PM – 5 PM

📍 Evans Farm SIte 1549 Lewis Center Rd., Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

RSVP on our Facebook Event Page: Facebook.com/events/Get-a-Taste-of-Evans-Farm/

Bring the whole family to the for a community get together! All of our builders will be there!

Enjoy food from vendors such as Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, Pizza Cabin, Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, The Blarney Stone Tavern and Royal Ginger Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Polaris).

 Amato's Woodfired Pizza, Pizza Cabin, Koko tea salon & bakery, Johnson's Real Ice Cream, The Blarney Stone Tavern and Royal Ginger Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Polaris)

There will be a LEGO Wall and big sand pit for the kids!

Parking:

Evans Farm Info Center

Woodgate Home Furnishings

Call for more info: 614-800-8820

 


Engineering Plans for Section 1 Approved

Current Happenings with Evans Farm | July 2017

• Final engineering plans for Section 1 have been approved. Construction of the sanitary lines is complete. Water and storm lines begin construction on July 12, 2017. Streets and curbs are estimated to start in mid to late August 2017.

• Construction of Section 1 is targeted for completion near the middle of September 2017. Single family lots are expected to be available for closings at the same time.

• We have begun the architectural design of our initial phase of the Evans Farm commercial development, The Market, that includes both sides of Evans Farm Drive. Stop by the Evans Farm Information Center and check out our early architectural drawings/streetscape.

• We are planning several upcoming Evans Farm community events! Be sure to follow Evans Farm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for upcoming events, including details for an Evans Farm community get-together on August 27, 2017!

engineering plans approved for Evans Farm

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Give us a call

614-800-8820

Evans Farm Information Center Hours

Monday through Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm

Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Noon – 5 pm

 

 


Common Sales Questions Answered

Evans Farm July 2017 Sales Update

Written by: Ray Hustek, Sales Director

The most common sales questions we receive in the Information Center are “How much is it going to cost to build a home in Evans Farm?” and “When will construction start?” Since you will be building on your own lot, you will have a large measure of control over the budget. Perhaps kitchen appliances are important to you, but the type of flooring doesn’t have to be imported from South America. Or maybe you love hand crafted cabinetry, but having a crystal chandelier in the foyer isn’t a requirement. Our builder partners are able to help you create a reasonable budget. Each of the builders will be able to give you some guidelines based on homes they have recently built that are of a similar size and finish level to your dream home.

Over a month ago, Evans Farm worked with our architectural consultant to assemble a substantial number of house plans from architects across the county who specialize in the design of New Urbanism homes. We invested in this effort to provide our future residents with ideas, access to architects, and potential access to successful house plans as they approach the design and construction of their homes. These house plans are easily accessed through our website. You are welcome to review them and contact the architects who designed these homes.

We are all excited to see construction start and we believe the first homes will be underway in the next 60-90 days, weather permitting. We anticipate the first residents and Downtown vendors to be occupying their Evans Farm homes and storefronts early next summer.

Get your sales questions answered on an Evans Farm Gator TourAt the Evans Farm Information Center, we are here to help. From selecting your lot, choosing an architect, planning your move, or simply sharing design ideas, our expert staff is here to answer your sales questions and guide you through the process.

The Information Center is open Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturdays and Sundays noon-5, and by appointment. If you would like a Gator Tour of the property please call us at 614-800-8820.


Talking Trees with First Graders

Talking Trees at Camp Skeeter in Olentangy Schools

Written by: Kristin Piper, Sustainability Director

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Heritage and Arrowhead Elementary Schools, in the Olentangy School District, were gracious in allowing me to participate in Camp Skeeter this year talking about trees. Camp Skeeter is an educational “camp” during school hours for first graders, teaching them about nature and environmental topics. They have guest speakers present specific topics. I was fortunate in being invited to talk to over 200 students about trees. Among my responsibilities, as the Sustainability Director at Evans Farm, is to manage the greenhouse where we are growing over 40 different types of trees this year.

Kristin Piper talking to first graders at Heritage elementary school about treesThe presentation began by the first graders telling me what trees need to grow. All the classes were very knowledgeable on this topic, which impressed me.

We then spoke about everything that trees provide for us. Several amenities were mentioned, from oxygen and shade to fruit and wood. Again, they came up with some really awesome answers.

Each class was encouraged to ask any tree related questions that came to their minds. Some of the more popular questions were:

  • “What is the oldest tree?” (Up until 2013, a bristlecone pine in Methuselah lived almost 5,000 years)
  • “What is the tallest tree?” (The redwoods in California can get up to 300 feet tall)
  • “What is the shortest tree?” (The dwarf willows in the northern hemisphere only reach 1-6 cm tall)

After the first class, I had to Google search a few questions so I was better prepared with the facts for the next class. A few of my favorite, unique and entertaining questions included:

  • “How is a tree a living thing when it doesn’t have a face?”
  • “How can you tell the difference between the different types of trees?”
  • “How do trees use carbon dioxide to make oxygen?”
  • “When does a tree make bark?”

First grade class at Heritage Elementary school with treesLastly, Evans Farm was able to give a 1-2 ft. Sawtooth Oak to each first grader, along with their teachers and staff. The students were very excited to be able to take a sapling home and plant it.

These small Sawtooth Oaks were started from acorns that were collected in the fall and planted in January of this year in our Evans Farm nursery.

We are very hopeful that we will be able to participate in Camp Skeeter next year and provide trees to all the first graders again.

Thanks to the administration, staff and students of Heritage and Arrowhead Schools!

 

 

 


Delaware County Health District Helping Residents

Health of Delaware County

Traci Whittaker, Public Information Officer for Delaware County Health

Written by: Traci Whittaker

The mission of the Delaware County Health District is to foster, protect and improve the health and the environment of our residents and our communities throughout Delaware County, Ohio. Much like Evans Farm’s vision, several Health District public health programs and initiatives are helping residents sustain a healthy environment, through education and enforcement.

Some of those programs include our Keep Delaware County Beautiful program, Creating Healthy Communities and by the work of our registered sanitarians in our Environmental Health Division. These programs will benefit the residents of Evans Farm, as part of Delaware County.

The Delaware County Health District heads up a variety of active coalitions, including Keep Delaware County Beautiful (KDCB), which is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. The KDCB Coalition provides recycling and litter prevention activities and environmental education programs to residents and businesses of Delaware County.

Keep Delaware County Beautiful (KDCB) kayakers health

KDCB also works with the Delaware, Knox, Marion and Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District to provide special waste disposal information and coordinates the recycling drop-off locations throughout the county. The program also coordinates a variety of beatification activities such as annual river clean-up events, picking up roadway litter and planting a variety of beneficial plants and trees. KDCB is always seeking volunteers to help keep Delaware County beautiful!

Delaware County Creating Healthy Communities Logo Preventing Chronic Diseases in OhioIn 2014, the Delaware County Health District was able to secure funding through the Ohio Department of Health for the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) program. The five-year award, which totals $95,000 each year, is being used in the county to support and promote healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free environments.

Nearly 7 in 10 Ohio adults have a chronic disease or condition, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or obesity. For this reason, the Health District aims to strengthen our communities and improve health outcomes by increasing access to local farmers’ markets and community gardens, assessing and implementing safer routes to school and increasing the number of tobacco-free policies for public spaces.

In addition, our Environment Health division is a vital resource to those who own or rent a home in Delaware County. Our staff works to decrease the chance for disease transmission through our water supply, from vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks and from animal bites. This unit is dedicated to educating, promoting and using enforcement if necessary to provide the healthiest environment for our residents. Thankfully, the past century has provided great advancements in public health, including properly treating home sewage, providing safe drinking water and protecting the public from vector-borne disease transmission.

Keep Delaware County Beautiful program volunteers planting and wateringThe Keep Delaware County Beautiful program coordinates the recycling drop-off locations in both Orange and Berlin Townships on behalf of the DKMM Solid Waste along with helping coordinate curbside recycling in both those township communities.

In an effort to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, our mosquito control program has two types of mosquito traps located in both Orange and Berlin Townships. Those traps include a Biogents trap designed to trap the mosquito that carries Zika virus and a West Nile trap designed to trap mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus. Subsequently, the mosquitoes within those traps are taken to the lab for routine testing.

If you would like to know more about these programs or how to volunteer for KDCB events, please contact Traci Whittaker at twhittaker@delawarehealth.org or call 740-368-1700. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Traci Whittaker is the Public Information Officer with the Delaware County Health District.


Evans Farm Getting Close to Construction of First Homes

Evans Farm May 2017 Sales Update

Written by: Ray Hustek, Sales Director

We are getting close to construction of the first homes in Evans Farm. Lot owners are preparing architectural plans for review and builders are designing their first market homes. As you prepare to build, there are a multitude of tasks that need accomplished. These tasks include meeting with the architect and builder, talking with your lender, selecting the home’s finishes and making the decision about the timing of selling your current home to best reach your personal goals. We are here to help you with any or all of these checkpoints.

Image: Consider Lot 1 for your home constructionIf you have not yet selected a site for your future Evans Farm home, have you seen Lot #1? This lot is priced at only $64,000 and features an east-west exposure with a short walk to the Downtown. This corner lot may be the best remaining site for a wrap-around porch and wonderful light year-round. Stop by the Information Center for a private tour of this or any other site in Evans Farm.

The Information Center is located across from the Evans Farm site at 1550 Lewis Center Rd and our hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm, Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday noon-5pm.


Front Porch at Polaris Fashion Place

Come Visit on Our Front Porch

Written by: Kristin Piper, Sustainability Director

Photo: Evans Farm front porch at Polaris Fashion Place

Recently, the Evans Farm team constructed and installed a “front porch” display in the Polaris Mall. This display is intended to provide information to the community and offer a place to slow down to enjoy life. The video reel highlights Evans Farm’s vision, past events, and community members’ excitement of the new development.

Next time you are at Polaris Fashion Place, stop by our booth, relax, and visit with others in our rocking chairs.


Vision of Evans Farm, Section 1: Reflecting back on family

Vision of Evans Farm, Section 1:  Reflecting Back on Family

Written by: Tony Eyerman

Tony Eyerman childhood photoAs we quickly approach the opening of our first phase of development for Evans Farm, I find myself reflecting back on our initial days of the planning and design of the community about 8 years ago and back further to my days growing up in Columbus.

My family lived in Linden (many of my family continue to live there), a series of neighborhoods on the north side of Columbus. It was a great place to grow up. A place filled with families of all ages. A community of folks from all backgrounds and all income levels. Neighborhoods with parks, homes with front porches, alleys, safe streets (for street football and for kids on bikes), corner drug stores, and open lots for sandlot baseball, softball and football. For a kid growing up, during my elementary years, it was as good as it gets!

At the start of my high school years, my family moved to the Northland area, an area with similar community attributes as what I experienced growing up in Linden. As many children have lived, on any summer’s morning we’d leave home after breakfast, with our neighborhood group of friends, on our bikes and head, with gloves on our handlebars, for a sandlot field, a fishing hole, a creek for catching frogs and snakes, or any number of other attractions and spend the day enjoying our friends and our community. We knew that we had to be home by supper and we always were (or we’d go hungry!). We mostly avoided mischief, while usually under the watchful eye of our neighborhood’s parents. We always knew that if we were scolded or corrected while out with our friends and it got back to our parents, we’d get it ten-times worse when we got home!

FPhoto: Eyerman childrenamily times included getting together at my grandparents’ homes or at a local park with all of our aunts, uncles and cousins and doing much of the same. Playing indian-ball in the alleys, whiffle ball at the park with my cousins and uncles, family volleyball, dodgeball, tag, and fishing, are among my fondest memories with my family…and sing-alongs on my grandparent’s front porch. Sitting on the swing or a rocking chair on the front porch, if you were lucky enough to grab one of the seats, we’d sing everyone’s favorite songs and old camp songs until the children would collapse in their parents’ arms, then we each headed our own ways back to our respective homes.

It was the best of times! I look back and am so grateful to have been part of a such a loving family, neighborhood, and community in which to learn and live.

In reflecting on the beginnings of Evans Farm, I am thankful, that many members of the Evans family had similar experiences as they grew up in similar neighborhoods. At our initial meeting, about 8 years ago, the Evans family and I began talking about what Evans Farm should become. In our first discussion, we shared a bit of our backgrounds and discovered that we each had shared many of these “old urbanism” neighborhood/ community values and qualities, as well as similar personal experiences, while growing up. These shared common experiences became the “seed” that, when woven with the New Urbanism principles, ultimately, grew into the Vision for Evans Farm.

We pray that you, your family find and enjoy simple, beautiful living at Evans Farm!

 

Current Happenings with Evans Farm

  • Final engineering plans for Section 1 are quickly progressing towards completion. We are hopeful that we will receive our approvals in mid-May. Construction on the water, storm and streets would begin immediately after the approval of the plans.

Photo: Building new the 2,000 square foot greenhouse

  • The new Evans Farm greenhouse construction is completed. We outgrew the corner of our previous greenhouse, generously offered by Ed Kapraly of Riverside Native Trees. Our new greenhouse remains at Riverside, but we now have 2,000 s.f of new indoor growing space.
  • Our Earth Day and Arbor Day activities were very successful. In total, we will have given away several hundred saplings to residents of our community. As part of our sustainable efforts, we are meeting with first grade classes in two of our neighboring Olentangy elementary schools to present the benefits of trees and sustainability while also passing out oak saplings to the first graders and staff.

Evans Farm will be an asset to the Delaware County community

Continuing the Family Legacy

Written by: Tom Price

Photo of Tom Price

The Evans Family vision for this farm is truly an innovative idea that few have thought of, let alone stepped up and said “let’s go forward”. Bringing this type of development to Delaware County will be an asset to the greater community.

Our business, Price Farms Organics, Ltd., had a similar beginning 18 years ago, on my wife’s family farm, in Central Delaware County. We felt that sustainability through composting and recycling could be a way to keep the farm intact. So, we started an organics recycling facility to continue that legacy and it has continued to grow throughout Central Ohio over the past few decades. The interest of neighbors and businesses to recycle their organic byproducts has grown by leaps and bounds.

As each new generation of youngsters come of age, generally their sustainability and recycling interests and ideas are greater than that of their parents, at a similar age. The zero-waste standard of 90% landfill free is being upgraded by several companies to now a “zero” landfill disposal. I believe that the Evans Family Farm vision has a strong sustainability theme and one can only imagine what another 18 years could bring. Maybe, Price Farms Organics could help with that chapter.

Photo of Price Farms Organics, Ltd.
Price Farms Organics, Ltd.

Tom Price is the President of Price Farms Organics, Ltd., initially created to responsibly use the agricultural byproducts from the family farm, Pork Q Pine Farms. Now the facility accepts usable byproducts from the community to create valuable products for your lawn and garden. Tom has served on the Ohio Pork Industry Strategic Planning Committee, the Ohio Beef Council, OSU Extension Committee and currently serves on the Ohio Expo and Ohio Soil & Water Commissions. Tom and his wife, Judy, continue to run the family farm in Delaware County, with now the 5th and 6th generation of family members involved.

From Past to Future Generations

Written by: Austin Bright

Photo of Tom Price and Austin Bright
Tom Price & Austin Bright

Many ideas about the values of family, community, and being a good steward of the land have been taught at my family’s sixth generation farm in Delaware County. While I did not directly live on the farm, some of my fondest memories are found among the fields, pigs, and tractors due to the hard work from the previous generations of my family that made it possible. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work at my family’s farm and Price Farms Organics compost facility where working alongside family and neighbors goes hand in hand. While I am at Price Farms Organics, I cannot help but feel a tiny nudge to help carry on our family agricultural tradition for my younger brothers, sisters, cousins, and children for generations beyond, so they can create memories and have a place to learn about the importance of family, community, and caring for the land around us.

That is what excites me about the Evans Farm. The Evans family is giving the prospect for people to live and grow in a distinctive community. The farm will be a place where the next generations will create memories and have new opportunities. I believe that the Evans’ family is alike to the generations before me that lived on my family’s farm. Thinking of others before themselves, while thinking of how we can be good stewards of the resources the Lord has provided us. I am eager to watch the community grow and envision the countless stories and future generations that will be positively impacted for years to come!

Austin Bright is the site manager for Price Farms Organics, as well as, part of the 6th generation to work on the Price family farm, Pork Q Pine. Austin and his wife, Michelle, reside in Delaware County.

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Olentangy Local School District Dominates Rankings!

By THOMAS GALLICK [THISWEEKNEWS.COM] All three high schools in the Olentangy Local School District are among the top 20 in Ohio, according to U.S. News and World Report.

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All three high schools in the Olentangy Local School District are among the top 20 in Ohio, according to U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine in April named Olentangy Liberty High School as the eighth best in the state. Olentangy High School came in 10th, while Olentangy Orange High School ranked 18th.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the annual ranking is based on multiple factors, including students’ readiness for college and proficiency in math and reading, as well as graduation rates.

Superintendent Mark Raiff said in a statement that the rankings reflect the efforts of many people.

“It is always good when hard work is recognized and this ranking does that on a national level,” he said. “It speaks to the amazing students and staff we have here at Olentangy and I could not be more proud.”

All three schools also made the publication’s list of top schools in the nation, with Liberty ranked at 272nd, Olentangy ranked 312th and Orange ranked 485th in the U.S.

Raiff said no other district in central Ohio with multiple high schools achieved top-500 rankings for each school.

At the Olentangy school board’s April 27 meeting, Raiff joked that the other schools have set a high bar for Olentangy Berlin High School when it opens in 2018. The board in April named Todd Spinner, principal at Westerville Central High School, as the first principal at Berlin.

 “Obviously, Mr. Spinner’s in the crowd, so it’s an opportune time to let him know the expectations,” Raiff said.

Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills High School earned the top ranking in the state from U.S. News and World Report. Wyoming and Indian Hill high schools, also in Hamilton County, took second and third place.

Bexley High School — the top-ranked school in central Ohio — earned the fourth spot in the state.

Apart from Bexley and Olentangy schools, three other central Ohio high schools ranked among the 20 best in the state: Dublin Jerome (9), Upper Arlington (12) and Dublin Coffman (16).