Bending Oak is located on the outskirts of Youngstown, OH. It is an educational landing site for Midwest Permaculture (business office in Stelle, IL).
Hipcampers can keep to themselves and enjoy a quiet and private stay at this beautiful location, or are welcome to interact with me, Jim Penrod, your host and the site manager at Bending Oak. If I'm doing chores (we have a few chickens and ducks) or working on a project you are welcome to tag along or even help.
We've got three wonderful camping areas, each with a composting toilet. There are a few tent platforms in place and we plan on building a few more this summer. Each area is farily private as they are surrounded by trees but they are just a few hundred feet from the common area and barn. Take a look the property map in the picture section.
Besides the campsite areas we have constructed a wonderful barn made from shipping containers. This is where the rainwater harvesting system is located so you will have access to some great water. There are solar panels and batteries so we have full 110AC for charging computers, phones, etc. Campers are welcome to congregate in this area, enjoy a campfire, make a meal, find a comfy corner to read, check on your email or just get out of the weather.
As a permaculture site you will be immediately exposed to what it means to care for the natural environment while also accommodating humans. You'll be able to see a fruit and nut orchard where we are building topsoil 100 times faster than nature can. The idea is to create a place that is actually in better condition because humans were involved. I'm happy to explain how we are going about this if you are interested.
Over the 25-acre site you will find almost 2 miles of trails taking you through established woods, young successional woodlands, open areas, wetlands. and up to two ponds. The ponds are young so we can’t say much for the fishing yet but they are beautiful and good for swimming, light bathing or just for observing nature.
We constructed a rocket-stove hot-water heater so our campers are be able to build a fire (for cooking or just to enjoy) and in the process, heat up enough water for a few warm showers. Niiiice.
Should you have one or more folks in your group who are not big campers, being right next to Youngstown they will still have access to anything a small city has to offer (restaurants, movies, golf, hardware stores, etc.) but all will awaken in the morning to the sounds of geese flying by, song birds, chickens and ducks.
I have trained with Midwest Permaculture and had been involved in two of their other project sites for the past few years. Recently they invited me to take the lead at Bending Oak. I love the work that Bill and Becky are doing at Midwest Permaculture and am delighted and honored to be involved now at Bending Oak.
Come on through for a day or more. I'd enjoy meeting you... Jim
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 15 months out
The vibe at Bending Oak
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I spent a beautiful July night on the Permaculture farm and had an amazing time. The property is beautifully kept and Jim is a fantastic host - taking the time to educate on the way the farm works and ensuring his guests are content. Will definitely return the next time I'm passing through - can't wait to see the new additions. The rocket-shower was impressive!
A powerful example of love of place. Bending Oak is a remarkable spot, that is reclaiming l a part of eastern Ohio that has seen neglect and hard use of the land.
We enjoyed our peaceful and secluded campsite, watching birds at sunset and serenaded by frogs during the night.
We were inspired by host Jim Penrod's commitment to the Permaculture