Open House and Silent Auction | Local events

The Ashland Leadership Class of 2022 is hosting an open house and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, April 23 at Pathfinder Farms in Ashland. Stop between 1 and 3 p.m. to enjoy refreshments, farm tours, and learn more about what the class plans to implement onsite.

LA Class of ’22 has partnered with Pathfinder Farms and the Rotary Club of Ashland to raise money for the farm’s capital improvement, which teaches young people important life skills. Improvements include:
• A heating and cooling system, which will allow activities to continue regardless of weather conditions.
• A low ropes course that will facilitate training programs with multiple age groups.
• An outdoor pavilion and/or new building for young women’s ministry.

“By investing in Pathfinder Farms, our community can help teach life skills, providing opportunities to develop positive relationships and instilling faith-based lessons that help young people excel in life,” said said Jon Burkholder, who runs the farm with his wife Sandy. Pathfinder Farms serves youth in Ashland, Richland and surrounding counties.

Now in its eighth year, Pathfinder Farms offers a variety of free activities, such as woodworking, construction projects, fishing, hiking, outdoor boating, gardening and camping. Pathfinder Farms recently added Culinary Chef Autumn Bachelder and Life Skills Manager/Facilitator Jacob Blasdel for additional expertise.

The farm offers five after-school programs and is now expanding with a collaboration from the local school district which includes schools in the town of Ashland. Due to the demand for the programs, director Jon Burkholder is now dedicated full-time to the business.

What is Ashland Leadership?

In Ashland Leadership’s 10-month program, participants gain leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as a better understanding of Ashland County issues, through monthly sessions. Areas of interest may include community development, economic development, government, healthcare, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and social services, with sessions featuring featured community leaders from many of these areas of interest. Class members also devote much of their time to developing and implementing a community project, thereby enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork, and benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

Leadership Ashland is a program of the Ashland Region Chamber of Commerce and is dedicated to community leadership and professional development. Founded in 1990, Leadership Ashland has graduated over 700 community leaders. For more information, visit

Other ways to donate to Leadership Ashland’s Pathfinder Farms projects:
• Use the online donation form. After filling in the donor information, please choose “Leadership Ashland Project” from the drop-down list in the “Select Your Designation Here” field.
• Make a check payable to Ashland Rotary Service Foundation and mail it to Rotary Club of Ashland, PO Box 630, Ashland, OH 44805.

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