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Hale Home and Garden Tour coming

6/20/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

BATH — Hale Farm & Village’s first Home and Garden Tour will take place June 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2686 Oak Hill Road.

Attendees will learn about the architectural history and stories behind the featured houses and can visit the accompanying gardens for a look at historic horticulture and tales of products from the garden.

In addition to touring the grounds and visiting the museum store, visitors will be able to meet with local organizations working collaboratively with Hale Farm & Village. Partnering organizations include Bath Gamma Garden Club, Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild, the Village Quilters, Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC) and more.

An example of a collaborative project is Pint Size Farm, a shared effort between Hale Farm & Village and Cleveland’s GLBC.

Pint Size Farm was established in 2008 by GLBC in collaboration with Hale Farm & Village as part of its Sustainable Farming Initiative. Pint Size Farm is a half-acre plot on the farm. Organic farming is demonstrated by Christine DeJesus, a long-time member of the GLBC family. While working the farm, she shares with visitors a combination of century-old techniques, as well as modern innovations in organic farming. GLBC’s local foods liaison, Richard Basich, leads the GLBC’s Brewpub’s kitchen crew in cooking and preserving all of the produce grown on the farm.

“Our relationship with Great Lakes Brewing Co. is a 21st-century solution demonstrating 19th-century farming techniques,” said Gainor Davis, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS), which encompasses Hale Farm & Village. “We support the harvest of an organically grown crop to provide a locally sourced, Northeast Ohio product for consumers.”

“This new Home and Garden Tour event is a natural for Hale Farm, known for its historic farming, gardening and historic preservation,” said Kelly Falcone, senior vice president of interpretation and chief operating officer at WRHS. “People love gardens and love the historic places at Hale Farm & Village — so we see it as an ideal opportunity to thread the two together for a unique experience on a garden tour.”

Hale Farm & Village is open for the season now through August, Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. WRHS members and children 2 and younger are free. Group rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Memberships can be purchased on site or online at www.wrhs.org/support/Membership.

For more information, visit www.HaleFarm.org or call 330-666-3711.

Exhibitor spaces are available for the Home & Garden Tour. Hale Farm & Village invites local garden clubs, nurseries, preservation clubs, guilds and others to introduce their services to visitors at the event. Upon review of applicants, organizers will respond with confirmation or denial of entry. Exhibitors must provide their own tents. The deadline for submission is tomorrow, June 21. Call 330-666-3711, ext. 1717, for details.

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