Sow & Grow

Enjoy the outdoors at Hale Farm & Village’s Sow & Grow Festival

photo courtesy of Hale Farm & Village
photo courtesy of Hale Farm & Village

For those who want to learn the art of beekeeping or sheep-shearing and wool spinning, Hale Farm and Village (HFV) is is the place to be this weekend.

HFV is holding their second annual Sow & Grow Festival June 11 & 12 from 10 am to 5 pm.

“We are extremely  pleased to have Laura Urban from Urban Honey Bee and Summit County Beekeepers Association here to present an intro to beekeeping,” said Catherine Sterle, Director of Sales and Marketing.

“Also, Meyer Hatchery will be speaking about backyard chicken coops at the Beginners Chicken Keeping Presentation,” said Sterle. “This is something that has been gaining momentum in local Akron neighborhoods.”

Christine DeJesus, gardener for Great Lakes Brewing Co. who maintains the Pint Size Garden at HFV will be in attendance to speak about organic gardening.

New this year is the Citizens of Hale auxiliary group Plant Sale offering many unique and historic perennials, herbs, shrubs.

HFV also offers historic spinning and weaving  demonstrations with wool sheered from their own sheep, cleaned and dyed using natural historical techniques and then spun. This entire process will be on display this weekend.

photo courtesy of Hale Farm & Village
photo courtesy of Hale Farm & Village

Other highlights include Draft horse demonstrations, Oxen talks and wheel plowing a garden. The 19th century village is open to explore buildings and experience a working farm complete with sheep, oxen and chickens.  Hale’s historic craft and trades are demonstrated throughout the day including glassblowing, blacksmithing, and spinning and weaving.

Enjoy lunch in the Hale Café featuring farm fresh selections. The Marketplace will be open for shopping during the festival, featuring blown glass items and pottery, handmade by the artisans at Hale Farm, and many other local items and souvenirs.
Admission for all activities is $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 – 12 years of age, and free for members


Event Schedule – June 11 & 12

Shire Draft horse field work demonstrations – 10:30am-5:00pm

Hand Wheel field cultivation  – 10:00am-5:00pm

Intro to Beekeeping, presented by Urban Honey & the Summit County Beekeepers Association – 10:30am-11:30am

Pint Size Garden Talk/tour, presented by Christine Dejesus from Great Lakes Brewing Company – 11:45am-12:45pm

Hand Blade Sheep Shearing demo – 1:00pm

Beginner level Chicken Keeping, with Meyer Hatchery – 2:30pm

Oxen Demonstrations and talks – 10:00am & 4:00pm

For more information, visit the event website.