This page features links to organizations and businesses in the area of Athens, Ohio, that support the develop of sustainability in this area. There are two general groups. The first are sustainability-oriented entities that most directly and extensively support sustainability, and the second are sustainability-friendly entities that have significant aspects supporting sustainability. Each section is subdivided into further sections. This site certainly is not complete; please feel free to make additional suggestions.

Sustainability-Oriented Entities

Businesses and Organizations

This category includes businesses and organizations whose activities primarily center around sustainable objectives.

Food Producers and Providers

Athens Farmers Market The Athens Farmers Market operates on Saturdays year-round from 9am-noon and on Wednesdays, April through December 9am-noon. It is strictly for sale of locally-grown foods, plants, animals, and products developed from them. There are many organic and other natural farmers there, including meat producers of various kinds.
Business Location: Parking lot of Market on State (formerly University Mall>
Mailing Address: PO Box 951, Athens, OH 45701-0951
Phone: 740.593.6763
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Casa Nueva and Cantina Casa Nueva is a restaurant, and Casa Cantina is a bar, both housed together. They specialize in using local organic produce in their food. They also make their own line of salsas and other specialty items.
Business location/mail: 4 West State Street, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.592.9724 (office)
  740.592.2106 (carryout)
  740.594.8691 (Casa Cantina)
Email: See website for emails

The Village Bakery and Cafe The Village Bakery and Cafe sells local products as well as their own, and uses local produce in their products. They also act as a pickup site for Good Food Direct. The Village Bakery also owns Della Zona Pizza next door and the Catalyst Cafe in the Athens Real Estate Company building on West Union Street.
Business location/mail: 270 East State Street, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.594.7311

The Farmacy The Farmacy is a natural foods grocery store that also has a substantial supplements line and a lunchtime cafe.
Business location/mail: 28 West Stimson Avenue, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.7007

Crumb's sells at the Athens Farmers Market, and through other outlets, including Seamans Supermarket on West Union Street and Kroger on East State Street. Their emphasis is on natural, whole-grain baked products of a wide variety.
Business location/mail: 94 Columbus Road, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.592-3803

Integration Acres Integration Acres specializes in harvesting, processing, and selling native pawpaw fruit, as well as products made with native spicebush and ramps. They also process black walnuts.
Owners: Michelle Gorman and Chris Chmiel (pronounced "Shmeel")
Business location/mail: 9794 Chase Road, Albany, OH 45710
Phone: 740.698.6060

Rich Gardens Organic Farm

Rich Gardens regularly sells at the Athens Farmers Market, its primary outlet.
Certified Organic
Owners: Rich Tomsu and Ann Fugate
385 King Road, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.696.1301

Sassafras Farm

Sassafras Farm grows produce naturally, no chemicals, but is not certified organic. Ed regularly sells at the Athens Farmers Market and to local food businesses.
Owner: Ed Perkins
12490 Lightfritz Ridge Road, New Marshfield, OH 45761
Phone: 740.664.3370

Far Corner Farm

Far Corner Farm sells through a number of outlets, including Good Food Direct. It is not strictly organic, but uses natural methods.
Owner: Elise McGrath
12788 New England Road, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.448.2228


Five Springs Farm Landscaping and Nursery has a nursery with a variety of stock for sale, as well as being a general-purpose landscaping business with a specialty in stonework.
Owners: Mason and Lisa Chambers
Business location/mail: Dutch Creek Road, Athens, OH 45701

Other Sustainable Businesses

Third-Sun Solar Third Sun Solar specializes in designing and installing renewable energy systems, with a special interest in photovoltaics.
Owner: Geoff and Michelle Greenfield
16751 Hooper Ridge Road, Millfield, OH 45761
Phone: 740.448.6103

DoveTail Solar A division of Dovetail Construction Company, Inc., specializing in design and repair of solar homes.
Owner: Matthew Bennett
10760 Hooper Ridge Road, Glouster, OH 45732
Phone: 740.448.4800

Openlands Consulting Specializing in open spaces management and sustainable site management.
Owner: John Knouse
PO Box 1196, Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.589.4575


Phone: 740.332.0453

Athens Conservancy The Athens Conservancy is a nonprofit of a type known as a land trust, dedicated to protecting sensitive land and important ecosystems within Athens County and surrounding counties.
Mail: PO Box 2281, Athens, OH 45701

Buckeye Forest Council The Buckeye Forest Council is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of Ohio's forests and other natural lands.
Buckeye Forest Council Office: 1200 West Fifth Ave #103, Columbus, OH 43212
Phone: 614-487-9290

Community Food Initiatives CFI is an NGO that supports local food production, and which sponsors Good Food Direct and seed-saving and seed swaps.
94 Columbus Road, Athens Ohio 45701
Phone: 740.593.5971

The Hocking River Commission is not associated with the Hocking Conservancy District. The HRC is a nonprofit that is working to preserve the Hocking River riparian corridor.
Mail: PO Box 5847, Athens, OH 45701

Ohio Pawpaw Grower's Association This is a statewide organization for businesses that grow pawpaws commercially.
Mail: NAPGA, c/o Dr. Ron Powell, 6549 Amelia Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45241

ReUse Industries ReUse Industries is a nonprofit organization that sells used materials and recycles as well.
Main Location: 74815 U.S. Highway 50, Albany, Ohio 45710
Phone: 740.698.8200
Community Thrift Store: 100 Clumbus Road, Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: 740.594.5103

Rural Action, Inc. Rural Action is an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of the people of our area, with a special emphasis on environmental quality and sustainability.
Main Office: Rural Action Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal
9030 Hocking Hills Drive, The Plains, Ohio 45780
Phone: 740.677.4047
Community Center: 19627 Walnut Street, Trimble, OH
Phone: 740.767.4938 2090
Email: Use this link

This page was last revised on 20 November, 2017.

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