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Malabar Farm Foundation

Welcome to


Malabar Farm Foundation

Welcome to


Malabar Farm Foundation

Welcome to


Malabar Farm Foundation

Welcome to

Louis Bromfield & Malabar Farm

You have reached the home of The Malabar Farm Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 private organization that provides resources dedicated to the preservation of Bromfield’s legacy and his home at Malabar Farm. Since it’s founding 1993, the Malabar Farm Foundation has provided support totaling over $2 million in projects to the ODNR Malabar Farm State Park, including the construction of the Visitors Education Center in 2006.

Louis Bromfield was one of Northeast Ohio’s most influential and colorful characters. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Bromfield would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Early Autumn and become one of America’s first proponents of sustainable agriculture and conservation. We consider him one of the founding fathers of the modern environmental movement.

Check out this video to get a closer look at Bromfield: Bromfield’s Mansfield.

Take a look around. Explore the beautiful farm and its surroundings, and find ways to become involved.

About Malabar Farm

Malabar Farm is the dream of native Mansfield resident, Louis Bromfield. The idea of Malabar Farm came to Bromfield while he was living in France during the 1930s. Tensions in the area were building, and Bromfield no longer felt that he and his family were safe in Europe, so he decided to return to the rural countryside that he remembered from his childhood.

Who We Are

The Malabar Farm Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation, organized for the purpose of providing resources for the promotion of the principles and ideals of Louis Bromfield in the areas of sustainable agriculture,culture,literature, and the arts and/or the preservation of Malabar Farm and the legacy of Louis Bromfield..

Since it’s founding 1993, The Malabar Farm Foundation has provided support totaling over $2 million in projects to the ODNR Malabar Farm State Park, including the construction of the Visitors Education Center in 2006. The Foundation and ODNR have maintained a working relationship throughout these years that has allowed it to carry out its mission of preserving the life and legacy of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield and contributing to the local community.

The funds that we raise go to projects that have included:

  • Two nationally televised PBS documentaries
  • Over $600,000 toward the construction of the Visitor / Education Center
  • Funding for educational exhibits
  • House and artifact restoration
  • Creation and maintenance of our website
  • Funds for dozens of internships for college students to work at Malabar Farm State Park
  • Financed the Louis Bromfield Bicentennial Historical Marker & Barn Painting
  • Purchased a new Tour Wagon that is completely accessible to visitors with disabilities
  • Underwrote educational programs and materials reaching more than 11,000 students annually, including the School Days program as well as an Educational Guide for teachers and students
  • Granted nearly $150,000 to design and produce educational exhibits for the Louis Bromfield Visitors Center -Education/Exhibit hall
  • Restoration of the greenhouse across from the Big House
  • Financially supported many capital improvements at Malabar

To find out even more about the projects the Foundation has sponsored visit our About Us page. We continue to support the legacy left by Louis Bromfield, but we can’t accomplish any of it without support from our sponsors and friends.


This site is maintained & owned by the Malabar Farm Foundation. For Official Ohio State Park information, including information about requesting naturalist programs, volunteering at park, hours, tours, gift shop hours, facilities rental, and special state park sponsored events, please visit the Ohio Division of Natural Resources Website.

You can also contact the park office at 419-892-2784, or send them an email at:

Ways To Get Involved

You can be a part of our efforts to maintain the important part of the Richland County community and Northeast Ohio. We have several different ways that you can help.

Louis Bromfield Society

The Louis Bromfield Society raises funds to support the mission of the Foundation.


Donations are the heart and soul of our efforts at the Foundation. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is in the main lobby of the Visitor’s Center and serves as a permanent tribute to our donors.

Give Back Every Day

Amazon Smile and the Kroger Community Rewards Program are excellent ways to make the dollars you spend giving back to a local community cause.

Fiberarts Guild at Malabar Farm

The Fiberarts Guild at Malabar Farm is a place where members can enjoy a wide variety of fiber arts including spinning, weaving, bobbin lace, quilting, basketry, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, and rug braiding, to name a few. Members are highly active in charity projects for veterans, cancer patients, hospice, the homeless, and educating children’s groups. Monthly meetings are a great way to show off your projects and have fun.

Become a Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer is a great way to give back to Malabar Farm and the Richland County community. Some of the fun activities that you can do as a volunteer include maintenance and beautification projects, adopt-a-trail, farm host program, education and interpretation, and participate in many of the fun events at the park throughout the year.