Present applications of past lifestyles are shared at the Sow & Grow Farm Festival this June

For Immediate Release, Bath, Ohio — Celebrate the past and present of the farming lifestyle at Hale Farm & Village’s Sow & Grow Farm Festival & Plant Sale on June 8 and 9, 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.

We invite the community to learn about the past and present of a farming lifestyle. View Draft horse
fieldwork demonstrations by Trail Light Farms as well as beekeeping and chicken keeping talks by local experts. Explore the gardens on property maintained by the Great Lakes Brewing Company and the Bath Gamma Garden Club. Learn organic methods first-hand. The festival also highlights sheep shearing,natural dyeing and more!

A highlight of the weekend is the fourth annual Citizens of Hale Plant Sale. Many heirloom plants 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 23 from 4:30pm-7:30pm and May 25 from 9:00am-1:00pm. 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 glassblowing, 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, sheered sheep to make warm clothes and harvested honey to trade for needed commodities. This festival provides guests the opportunity to experience the farming lifestyle.

Press Release submitted by:

Catherine I. Sterle Director of Marketing & Sales
Hale Farm & Village
2686 Oak Hill Rd. Bath, Ohio 44210
P.O. Box 296
csterle@wrhs.org | 330.666.3711 x 1715