September 4, 2020
Meadow at Xarifa Farm, under Tecumseh Land Trust easement

Did You Know?

Tecumseh Land Trust is gaining new insights in their mission!!

In Her Own Words—Executive Director, Krista Magaw


Tecumseh Land Trust (TLT) was heading down the final stretch to our Growing Green Conference, scheduled for March 14–16, 2020 when the COVID crisis hit. We deliberated with Community Solutions, our Jacoby Partner collaborating on the event, about whether to proceed in person, but decided we had to cancel. But our theme for Growing Green—diversifying farming to address climate change AND strengthen our local food economy—turned out to be more relevant than ever! We saw immediately how inflexible and unresponsive our national food system truly is. Grocery shelves were empty, and our most vulnerable residents became even more food insecure. Clearly we needed to proceed with the aims of our Jacoby Partnership and the Growing Green collaboration!
We were able to take parts of our Growing Green conference virtual, beginning with the “Farm to School” panel we had planned (link below). 
Then, on April 6, our first-year Miller Fellow, McKenzie Smith, began her first co-op with TLT!  She immediately delved into researching food and farming, and wrote a wonderful and encouraging article (also available on the Connecting  to Nature page) about how one of our conference panelists, Matthew Keener, converted his local grass-fed meat operation to meet customer needs during COVID-19. With 60% of his business base in restaurant sales, he hired laid-off restaurant workers to establish a home delivery system, shifting to 100% direct sales.
At this very challenging time, we feel grateful to be able to work to preserve farms and natural areas, and to enhance their conservation benefits. So many people have thanked us for our work with the Village of Yellow Springs on the Glass Farm Natural Area. At an uncertain time, the beauty and complexity of nature is so reassuring and renewing.  We’ve never been busier with our conservation easement work, and are very excited about the Jacoby partnership farms that will be planting cover crops this fall to improve soil and water quality. 
Growing Green "Farm to School" Panel:
Donate to TLT: 
For more information about TLT:


Do you need someone to shop for and delivery your groceries?

Some of our more vulnerable populations do not have the option to make weekly trips to the grocery. For nearly six months, a volunteer-led initiative ensures anyone living in the 45387 zip code who needs groceries can get them delivered. 

Kelly Ann Tracy and Robert Libecap collaborate with a team of 25 volunteers on any given week, the Yellow Springs Senior Center, and Tom's Market to ensure groceries are delivered to about 45 homes per week. The Senior Center and Tom's coordinate taking the grocery orders, and the volunteers shop and deliver the goods—97 orders in July alone. Thus far during the pandemic, the shoppers have made nearly 600 deliveries!

While the majority of those needing assistance are seniors, these volunteers are also shopping and delivering to families—anyone within the 45387 area code. 

They welcome new orders! 


To sign up for grocery delivery or to volunteer to deliver groceries: 937-767-5751

Board of Trustees Member Highlight
Artie Isaac


Thank you to the Yellow Springs Community Foundation for its comprehensive view of the philanthropic and communal needs of the Village. I am grateful to have an opportunity to serve the Foundation—and do what I can to help the Village address critical needs and long-term aspirations.

Alisa and I moved here in January of 2019, and we have been welcomed by many people. We met, married, and lived our early years of marriage in New York City, then raised our children in Bexley, Ohio, where I had grown up.

I work with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing leaders and enterprises. I have served on education, arts, human service, and corporate boards, as well as with private and community foundations. I taught Personal Creativity & Innovation at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and Marketing Strategy, Ethics and Creativity at the Columbus College of Art & Design. I learned my primary skills in high school: writing, improvisation, and cheerleading.

  Our Journey

As noted in the June 19, 2020 edition of the Foundation Friday newsletter, in an article entitled “Letter to the Community,” the trustees and staff shared our belief in the Foundation’s responsibility to deepen its commitment to the meaningful inclusion and support of a diversity of Black voices in our community as we strive toward an overall goal of racial equity. 
We have embarked on this journey together to understand and address racism, white privilege, and implicit bias in ourselves and within our organization. Our journey is mapped through four work groups: 1) the Learning Process, 2) Listening & Soliciting Community Input, 3) Board & Staff Diversity, & 4) Changing the Systems, Structures, & Procedures. 

We are starting with a focus on learning and listening to help determine our path for 3 & 4. You are welcome to join us. 

Thank You Again & Again to Our Many Wonderful Volunteers! 

100 + in all, supporting: Child Care - Data Support - Faith Community - Food Security & Bread Runners - Logistics - Mask Makers - NBCs - Research - Senior Care - Committee Members
Interested in joining us in support of our community? Become a volunteer or committee member:


Thank You Generous Donors!
You are vital to our village and township!

COVID-19 Emergency Fund Donors (week of 9/2) Rebecca Fenton - Dieter Knecht

Donors to Community Foundation Funds (week of 9/2) Grover Criswell & Kathryn Van der Heiden - Antonia Dosik & Len Kramer - Mark Ewalt - Dorothy Mitchell Gish (estate of) - Elizabeth & Peter Preis - Elizabeth Tinke

Donors to Save the Glen Fund (week of 9/2) Elaine & Keith Kresge - Laurie Freeman - Richard Posey

Join us! To donate to funds at YSCF:

Events & News

Remember to b r e a t h e – as together we will get through this and whatever comes our way. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please reach out: or call 937-767-2655. 

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WE WEAR A MASK to protect you. Please wear a mask to protect us and your neighbors.

Our Mission 
Entrusted with the responsibility of enhancing community life, we are a catalyst and resource for local charitable giving and grant making.


Lisa Abel, President, Richard Bullock, Vice President, Matthew Denman, Treasurer,  Todd Leventhal, Vice Treasurer, Kayla Rothman-Zecher, Secretary, 
Theresa Graham, Angie Hsu, Artie Isaac, Ellis Jacobs, Joanne Lakomski, Joshua Madra  Roger Reynolds, Kathryn Van der Heiden 

Jeannamarie Cox, Executive Director
Kimberly Kremer, Financial Administrator
Kat Walter, Program Manager
Melissa Heston, Outreach Manager
Harvey Curran, Volunteer Project Manager

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