See what’s happening at Shepherd’s Corner! If you have any questions, please contact us at 614-866-4302 or You can also check out our Calendar to learn about up and coming programs and events.


Plant Sale: May 12th

This Saturday, May 12th, from 9 am to 3 pm is is our annual plant sale. All of the plants for sell are grown on site, from seed. No pesticides or herbicides have been used on any of the plants, which have been grown following organic growing methods.

At the sale the following plants can be found: slicing and cherry tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, tomatillos, eggplant, kale, marigold, basil, mint and a limited selection of flowers and herbs. In addition to plants we will have prodcuts such as our bee smooth handcream and site made maple syrup for purchase. As a reminder, Shepherd’s Corner accepts cash and check for payment.


Tomato varieties: Amish Paste, Beefsteak, Green Zebra, Incas Hybrid, Italian Roma, Pink Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Oxheart, Artisan Bumble Bee Blend (cherry), Sweet Million Hybrid (red cherry), Yellow Cherry, as well as Red and Yellow Pear.

Pepper varieties: Poblano, Banana, Carolina Reaper (!currently the hottest pepper in the world!), Cayenne, Early Jalepeno, Habanero, Hungarian Wax, Red Jamaican, Santaka Hot Asian, Serrano, and Thai.

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Serving with a Disability at Shepherd’s Corner

For the past seven months, I have been at Shepherd’s Corner volunteering full-time through the
AmeriCorps program. I was unsure of what responsibilities and tasks I would be asked to do but
was fairly certain that there were going to be things that would be challenging because I was
born with a disability called brachial plexus. My mother was injured when she was seven months
pregnant and the result is that five nerves were damaged in my neck. The nerves that were
damaged affected my upper body, predominately my arms. The way this injury has manifested
itself is that my arms are weak and do not straighten out all the way and over time the lack of
strength in my arms caused the tendons in my wrists to pull my hands downward so that they are
almost at a 90 degree angle. When I was young it was a bit of a challenge because I could not
learn to do things in a normal way and was faced with the task of learning how to utilize the
muscles and skills I did have to try and thrive. My family was a large contributor to my success
in learning these things and I eventually found myself to be self-sufficient.

It is a very humbling and intimate task to be asked to write about your personal physical
disability, whether or not it is available for all to see or is something you can hide quite well. In
my experience, people with disabilities generally identify that as their greatest weakness and
strength. When someone asks you “What is your greatest weakness?,” generally it is something
that you can work on improving or a skill you haven’t learned or are learning to get better at. For
a person with physical disabilities, their greatest weakness is potentially something that they’ve
dealt with their entire life and has limited their quality of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in
almost every imaginable way. I have attempted to be open and receptive to discussing my
disability my entire life, acknowledging its very real impact on many of the things I do. While
my disability might affect everything I do, I also recognize the fact that I have had the amazing
ability to be able to adapt. Being placed in the right situations and having the right people around
me to be able to succeed in the way my body is able to is not a chance that every person with a
disability gets.

As a child, I would have never thought that I’d find myself in any sort of outdoor environment,
even though I absolutely loved spending time outdoors. Fast-forward to a 26 year old Chris
Pedersen that found work at an ecology center after obtaining a Master’s degree and we have
quite a few interesting things to talk about. This experience has been eye-opening in several
ways. First, there is an amazing amount of meaningful work that can be done by people with
disabilities in regards to environmental care and sustainability. Second, while there are a vast
amount of things that can be done by people with disabilities, there are some things that they will
need to be assisted with and oftentimes you cannot predict beforehand which things this will
include because people adapt in ways that enable them to accomplish seemingly more difficult
tasks and struggle with what would be presumed as easy. This has been the challenge that the
staff and I have been working through as I attempt to be a contributing and successful member of
the Shepherd’s Corner team.

Maybe the most unforeseeable struggle was the harsh Ohio weather this winter and my hands
being unable to withstand outdoor work for any period of time. Because my arms are lacking
insulation of any significant form, my hands get cold rapidly and stay cold for extended periods
of time. I had not attempted to do dexterous things with any longevity during the winter before
but found even basic tasks to be challenging because of how quickly I was unable to feel my
fingers. This meant that other staff members now found themselves picking up the slack that I
was leaving for them because I was unable to accomplish tasks that I had been doing with ease
during the summer and fall. To be completely blunt, it’s always hard for me to admit defeat and
give up something. It’s also hard to know someone else is doing your job now. What this looked
like for the next several months was the rest of the team volunteering to take care of my tasks
and me doing what I was able to in the meantime.

While this outdoor experience was humbling, it was also encouraging. Even though I may not
have been able to accomplish certain tasks, I began to pick up other duties to stay busy and still
found myself to be useful and productive. I began to hone other skills that will be useful in the
upcoming months and had more time to dedicate to our upcoming Farm Fresh 5K on June 9th.
While physical disabilities may be limiting, it’s only truly disabling when individuals are unable
to function in a meaningful way. The hope for a person with a disability is that workplaces and
society evolve in a way that enable them to contribute and thrive in their setting. For that to
happen, roles must be adaptable so that people can help each other when they are unable to do
something. This is when a disability simply becomes a physical impairment. At Shepherd’s
Corner, I do not feel that I have a disability because of the way my role has been molded around
me. This has been encouraging for me and I am hopeful that other workplaces will feel the same,
not only for me but for all people with disabilities, eventually.


This post was written by Chris Pedersen, our 2017-2018 Notre Dame Mission Volunteers AmeriCorps service member.




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Registration open for our 12th Annual Farm Fresh 5K

Registration is open for our 12th Annual Farm Fresh 5K!
All Terrain Run/Walk * Saturday, June 9, 2018 * 9:00 am race start

Our Farm Fresh 5K is an all-terrain race which takes participants by natural gardens, across meadow trails, and through wooded paths.  This 5K is open to participants of all skill levels, abilities, and ages.  Your participation helps Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center provide those in need, in Central Ohio, naturally grown produce!  As we are committed to donating 60-65% of our harvest to feed the hungry in our community.

Over the past seven years, Shepherd’s Corner has donated 23,920 pounds of naturally grown produce to local food pantries including HEART, GRIN, and Bishop Griffin.  Come join us in our continued efforts on June 9th!

Looking for more information?  Check this page for more information including a list of FAQs.

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Partner with Shepherd’s Corner

As the end of 2017 fast approaches are you looking for a tax deductible way that you can give back?  Then consider supporting our mission and goals.  Join us as a partner.  We need your help to continue our work making a positive impact in the central Ohio though education and access to naturally grown produce.

Join us in our mission by donating though our Annual Appeal.


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Holiday Shopping Opportunity: December 19th

Join us next week on Tuesday December 19th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We will be open for the purchasing of gifts.

If someone on your list need an extra special gift, we have something for you.  Maybe you are a last minute shopper who still needs to get gifts, we have those too!  Or perhaps you just want to get yourself something special.  Don’t worry, we have that covered too!


We have wonderful chicken pot holders, chicken and sheep towel holders, bottle stoppers, hats, sheep ornaments, angel pins, cutting boards, bee smooth hand cream and more!

As a note, we are able to take cash and check for purchases made.


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Christmas Bazaar: Saturday November 18th

On Saturday November 18th come see us at St. Paul’s Annual ‘Deck The Halls’ Christmas bazaar.  The bazaar will be held from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There is a $2 admission fee to enter the bazaar.

Make sure to mark your calendars!  This will be your only chance to catch us and our bee smooth hand cream, maple syrup, basil garlic vinegar, and handmade crafts at a holiday bazaar this year.

We hope to see you there!


St. Paul School, 61 Moss Road Westerville, OH 4308.
Find out more information regarding the bazaar here.





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Featured in Columbus Dispatch

If the October 21st article in the Columbus Dispatch connected you with our organization, we would like to welcome you.  We are grateful that you have visited our site and hope that you will have the chance to visit us in person.

As a note our current visitation hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  As there are some days that we are not open to the public we ask that you call to ensure we are indeed open before you visit.  Additionally, on our calendar page the days that we are open are noted.  From the calendar you are also able to register for programs including our monthly labyrinth walks.

Upon arriving at the ecology center we do ask that you stop inside the barn.  This is so that you can sign and so that we know that there are individuals out walking the land or our labyrinth.  A donation of $2 is suggested per person who comes to visit our center.


The article, which was written by Margaret Quamme, can be read here.

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Give Big During The Big Give

This year Shepherd’s Corner Ecology center is participating in The Columbus Foundation’s annual Big Give.  An initiative that’s encouraging Central Ohio to donate to one of the many not for profit organizations in the area.  This campaigns runs for 26 hours from 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 10 through 12:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 11th

We hope that you will consider making a donation to Shepherd’s Corner to help continue educating and connecting individuals to the land.  Anything that you are able to give will go directly to us.  To make a donation to Shepherd’s Corner, during The Big Give, you can visit our Giving Store here.

When you $20 or more you will receive a special receipt with perks from generous Big Give partners which include: Donatos, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Piada, Hot Chicken Takeover and more!

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25th Anniversary Art For Purchase

Thank you to everyone who came and made our 25th anniversary celebration wonderful.  Whether you came to reconnect with Shepherd’s Corner or it was your first visit to the land, we are grateful that you made Shepherd’s Corner a part of your day.

If you were unable to attend the event but wanted to be able to purchase Shepherd’s Corner inspired art, do not worry.  There are several pieces which were not purchased at the 25th anniversary celebration.

To purchase one of these pieces give us a call: (614) 866-4302 or email Miranda Land at

As the remaining pieces are sold, the accompanying description will be updated.

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