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Best Reason to Believe in Cincinnati’s Future as a Farming Community

One of the last working farms in Cincinnati city limits — maybe the last — was facing extinction when its owners and operators since 1972, Dale and Carol Bahr, retired in 2021. Their 32-acre Bahr Farm, along West North Bend Road across from Greenfield Drive in College Hill and between super-busy Winton Road and Hamilton Avenue, has been in the family for over a century. During that time, its surroundings have turned decidedly urban with subdivisions, carry-outs and even the gigantic Star Tower for television and radio transmission. So the future of Bahr Farm as a pastoral setting for milking cows, cutting hay and growing gooseberries seemed bleak. But the Bahr family donated it to Cardinal Land Conservancy, which quickly raised money to drain and repair the half-acre pond, install new fencing and create a parking lot. Its hopes for the future include fixing up the site’s historic 1830 barn, providing new irrigation water for tenants, and opening the farm up for visits and agricultural education programs.