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Sow & Grow Pollinator Festival and Plant Sale

June 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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For Immediate Release, Bath, Ohio — Celebrate the past and present of the farming lifestyle and
learn how you can support our friends the pollinators at Hale Farm & Village’s Sow & Grow Pollinator Festival & Plant Sale on June 12 and 13, 10:00am-5:00pm.

Life in the mid-nineteenth century often required long days in the field plowing, sowing and maintaining crops to provide food for the community. Chicken keeping, gardening and beekeeping were a way of life. In recent years, however, communities across the country have embraced a homestead revival.

Many of these tasks, once considered daily life choirs, have found new roots in our city gardens, local beekeepers and farm to table movements. In 2021 HFV will continue with your favorite festival demonstrations such as draft horse plowing by Trail Light Farms Drafts and Ox talks but also will focus significantly on our friends the pollinators. The Sow & Grow Pollinator Festival and Plant Sale will offer an opportunity for the community to learn how they can help provide a sustainable habitat for pollinators. This event supports HFV education initiatives and will provide an outlet for local vendors and gardeners.

We invite the community to get involved in supporting pollinators. The festival weekend will include demonstrations, workshops and vendors that can offer advice on beekeeping, uses for beeswax and honey, gardening and more! The gardens on property maintained by the Citizens of Hale and the Bath Gamma Garden Club will be open to explore. The festival also highlights natural dyeing, mead production, historic and modern uses for herbs and honey and hands-on projects for children!

Hale Farm & Village Sow & Grow Farm Festival
Guests at Hale Farm’s Sow & Grow Farm Festival and Plant Sale June 12 & 13 can try their hands at wheel plowing a garden. (Photo Credit: Nancy Balluck)

The weekend includes the fifth annual Citizens of Hale Plant Sale. Many heirloom plants, pollinators and herbs with significance to Northeast Ohio will be offered along with unique perennials all grown at Hale Farm & Village. The Citizens’ plant sale will run both Saturday and Sunday during the Sow & Grow festival hours and two early bird presale days May 20 from 4:00pm-7:00pm and May 21 from 9:00am2:00pm. The Citizens are also offering an Italian Cooking Container Garden Workshop on May 20 at 6:00pm (reservations required). Proceeds from the plant sale support on-site garden and preservation projects.

During the festival the 19th century village is open to explore local history and experience a working farm complete with sheep, oxen and chickens. Regional historic crafts and trades are demonstrated throughout the day including blacksmithing, pottery, spinning and weaving.

“Over 200 years ago the Hale family crafted an entrepreneurial lifestyle in the Cuyahoga Valley. They used oxen to plow their fields, grew vegetables for their meals and harvested honey to trade for needed commodities. This festival provides guests the opportunity to experience this life style and also learn how we can support pollinators in our daily life,” explains Catherine Sterle, Acting Director at Hale Farm & Village.

Hale Farm & Village is open from 10 am to 5pm, admission for all activities is $12 for adults, $6 for children 3 – 12 years of age, and free for members, youth under 3 years and active military.

Tickets are available by visiting halefarm.org. Guests can also take the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to the festival Hale Farm Excursion tickets are available through cvsr.org.

During the festival, enjoy lunch at Café 1810 in the Visitor’s Center or shop The Marketplace at Hale Farm & Village. The MarketPlace features handcrafted at Hale items as well as many other Ohio made crafts and souvenirs.

This festival is generously supported by First Energy and Acme Fresh Markets.


Hale Farm & Village, a living history museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society, is located on 90 acres in Bath, Ohio with 32 historic structures, farm animals, heritage gardens, farming and early American craft and trade demonstrations. The location is open for a summer season June – August, Wednesday – Sunday; weekends only September and October; and signature events or educational programming during other times. Visit www.halefarm.org or call (330) 666-3711 for seasonal hours program listings, rental information, and to become a member. 2018 marked Hale Farm & Village’s 60th
anniversary as a museum of the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Founded in 1867, Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) is Northeast Ohio’s premier storyteller based on its vast collection of the tangible history of Northeast Ohio. It is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit regional historical societies in the nation. It presents the lives and activities of 19th -Century settlers through historic Hale Farm & Village in Bath, Ohio. WRHS offers a wealth of resources to research your family heritage at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle, Cleveland.

Submitted by:
Catherine I. Sterle
Acting Director
2686 Oak Hill Rd.
PO Box 296
Bath, Ohio 44210
330.666.3711 x 1713 | csterle@wrhs.org

Photo credit: Nancy Balluck


June 13, 2021
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd.
Bath, 44264 United States
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