Crones' Cradle Recovering from Irma

The Crones Cradle Conserve, a 756-acre ecological preserve and education center located in Marion County, 35 miles southeast of Gainesville, is facing continuing problems with the condition of the farm after sustaining damage from the storm. The Fall Foods Gala on December 9 has been canceled, but a Grand Reopening Natural Foods Gala is planned for March 24, 2018.


The gardens have been moved to higher ground due to flooding. The Word Weavers Writing Workshop and potluck dinners are postponed until January. Farmstead Saturdays and Women’s First Sunday Brunches have resumed.


The store is open with jams, canned vegetables, local handcrafted artwork and vegetable seedlings. Fresh vegetables will be available soon. Crones can also be found at the Ocala Downtown Market on Saturdays.


For more information, call 352-595-3377, email or visit

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