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The Mission:
 
Our mission is to make Munnell Run Farm a destination where people of all ages and abilities can find inspiration in nature, agriculture and local history. We do this  to nurture a conservation ethic in our youth and adults alike through hands-on programs at our 163 acre outdoor classroom. 
 

Our vision for Munnell Run Farm is to become a destination for school children, educators, civic organizations, agriculture producers, and families to explore and discover the interrelationship between agriculture, and the natural, cultural and economic environments.


The Farm:
Munnell Run Farm contains163 acres of cropland, woodland, pasture and riparian forested wetland owned by the County of Mercer and managed by the Munnell Run Farm Foundation, Inc., which holds a long term lease and a conservation easement on the Farm. The Mercer County Conservation District provides valuable support for the Farm's mission.  It is located 1 mile north of Mercer, PA on State Route 58 West, also called the Greenville Road. Visitors to MRF have an opportunity to explore the interactions of agriculture and ecology in a real-world setting. Featuring outdoor, hands-on activities designed to meet PA Chapter 4 Academic Standards, Munnell Run Farm Foundation, Inc. received the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Education and Outreach in 2003. MRF depends on grants and donations for its educational programs, maintenance, and infrastructure improvements. 
 
Munnell Run Farm gets its name from the stream that flows through the property.  Although we can't verify which Munnell the stream is named after, we believe that the Munnell family occupied a farm just south of the existing Munnell Run Farm property.  We continue to look for records that indicate the name of that family and would appreciate any information that anyone may have.  For those who enjoy history, there is an interesting account of the (Civil War) Battle of the Mine, Capture, and Escape to Union Lines originally told by John J. Munnell of Company F, 100 Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers.  This can be viewed at the following site: http://www.100thpenn.com/munnellescape.htm

 
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Bigler House at Munnell Run Farm:
The Bigler House is a piece of Mercer County history that began in Delaware Township in 1843.  It is now located on the grounds of Munnell Run Farm, where it will educate visitors not only about its rich history, but also the history of mid nineteenth century rural life and agriculture in Pennsylvania.  For more details about the history and future of this structure visit Bigler House

History of the Property:
MRF is a remnant of the agricultural land that surrounded and supported the Mercer County Home and Hospital.  In 2002 Munnell Run Farm Foundation, Inc. received its 501 c (3) designation from the Internal Revenue Service. That same year the Foundation signed a 99-year lease and conservation easement with the Mercer County Commissioners that granted operational control of the farm to the foundation.

Oats harvesting from the past at MRF

 
   

Partnerships:
MRF collaborates with many other groups to foster conservation, education, and a sense of community. The groups include Rains Angus, the Mercer County Historical Society, Trout Unlimited, the Girl Scouts, and the Mercer County Conservation District.

 

 Trout at Munnell Run Nursery

   

Highlighting Resource Conservation & Utilization:
MRF is an active beef farm situated in the Munnell Run Watershed within Mercer County.  Munnell Run is a headwater tributary of Neshannock Creek.  The farm serves as a venue to protect and enhance the soil and water resources of Munnell Run Watershed while educating others about the benefits of sound rural land use. 

MRF Cattle

   
   

Tour of Property:
Visit the key elements of the integrated conservation system in place at Munnell Run Farm.  This includes a walk-it-yourself guide to the areas of interest at the farm.  Click for printable farm guide and  map.

 

 

 

 Touring the Farm

     

Riparian Enhancement and Stewardship Forest:
More than twenty-eight acres of trees have been reestablished on once marginal pastureland.  Eighteen acres are dedicated to a Stewardship Forest focusing on hardwood tree species.  The remaining 10-plus acres have been planted in the riparian corridor of Munnell Run that has been fenced to limit livestock access to the stream.  For more information, click here.

Planting Trees

   
   

 

 
    

Regional Food Venture at Munnell Run Farm:

The Regional Food Venture is an initiative to create a shared kitchen that is based on the business incubator concept. Farmers, market gardeners, caterers and other entrepreneurs can initiate a business venture by adding value to their raw commodities in a safe environment without having to invest in their own facility. The goal is to create a commercial kitchen incubator where producers from the surrounding region can add value to their vegetable and fruit commodities. Baked goods, jams, jellies, salsas, and other vegetable or fruit product will be produced, packaged, and marketed here.

      
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Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania

Together with committed adult volunteers, who partner with girls to guide and inspire their growth and achievement, the organization builds girls of confidence, courage and character who make the world a better place.

The Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
 
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Mercer County Conservation District
MCCD provides leadership, education and guidance for the sustainable use and protection of Mercer Mercer County's natural resources.
 
Contact Us - 24 Avalon Court, Suite 300 – Mercer, PA 16137 – 724-662-2242
 
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