Greenacres

Research

A Multidisciplinary Approach

We are a leader in independent agricultural and ecological research. Our researchers explore connections between agricultural practices and outcomes on soil health, food quality, and the environment. Additionally, through monitoring, we seek to understand our ecosystems to make informed management decisions.  The data collected through our research efforts will be used to support the ideas which Greenacres was founded upon, namely: a generative and sustainable approach to agriculture, environmental stewardship, and educational opportunities for both ourselves and others.

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Our Work

Program

Agriculture

Studying the complicated relationship between food production, nutritional quality, and soil health. The data collected from these studies is intended to inform both producers and consumers about the impact of how we create healthier food and more sustainable farming practices.

Program

Ecology

Preservation is essential to our mission. Monitoring is essential to preservation. We are documenting short and long term indicators of ecosystem health by collecting data on trees, vegetation, invasive species and soil. This data guides us in making informed management decisions.

Program

Saturday Stream Snapshot

Saturday Stream Snapshot (SSS) is our water quality monitoring program that helps protect the health of the Little Miami River watershed. Run by Greenacres, SSS relies on volunteers to collect samples and help run lab tests to create a monthly snapshot of the watershed in its current state. This data is then compiled and compared to other programs in the area.

Research Partners

The Department of Animal Sciences

Center for Native Grasslands Management

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Department Director

Chad Bitler

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Calves are up and walking within an hour of their birth. It is vital for the calf to nurse in that first hour to receive colostrum, the first bit of milk produced by the cow that is rich in nutrients and antibodies to help protect the calf from diseases. The heifer-calf from this week’s video post is already busy exploring the pasture with her momma! ...

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Our livestock team was in for quite a treat to have the opportunity to witness one of our cows give birth to a healthy heifer-calf this week. 8 calves have arrived on the farm so far this season, and we’re expecting 5 more! Our team creates a low-stress environment for our animals, allowing them plenty of space to deliver and bond with their calves. Welcome, little one! ❤️ ...

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Our horses are enjoying this beautiful morning in their pastures. Have a great holiday weekend! ...

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The herd moving into fresh pastures this morning. Our cows always have access to fresh grass and beautiful pastures because of the effort and care our livestock team puts into implementing our rotational grazing plans. ...

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The bees are busy in the sweet corn rows! Did you know that corn is mostly pollinated by the wind? Pollen grains fall from the tassels at the top of the plant onto the silk strands emerging from the ears below…each strand of silk is actually a hollow tube connected to a single kernel of corn! Each strand must be contacted by a pollen grain in order to produce a full ear of corn. 🤯🌽 ...

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