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The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park Partners with Local Organizations for Farm School Initiative, Family Programming

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Date: August 12, 2011
Contact: Ralph J. Davila, APR, 330-675-2909 ext 109
Contact: Jennie Vasarhelyi, 440-546-5990

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COURTESY CONSERVANCY FOR CVNP

Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Peninsula, Ohio (Friday, August 12, 2011) - This fall, the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, in concert with Hale Farm & Village and the Countryside Conservancy, will be offering two family programs as part of their new Farm School Initiative. The Mother & Daughter Garden Party Overnight and the Stone Soup Mystery Meal are being presented to the general public as a taste of the educational farming experiences of Farm Camp and Farm School that have been developed by the collaborators of the Farm School Initiative. The family programs, offered in September, will promote the Farm School Initiative goals of increasing sustainable farming practices and careers, as well as encouraging school-aged children and the general public to eat local foods.

The Mother & Daughter Garden Party Overnight will be hosted at the newly remodeled historic Stanford House from Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, September 10 at 4 p.m. Participants will construct sustainable-method container gardens to take home, and then relax around a campfire with a cup of cocoa. In the morning, the party will continue on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad en route to the Howe Meadow Farmers' Market to shop for a picnic lunch and to meet local farmers. After a short hike to Hale Farm & Village, the group will picnic in the historic Goldsmith Garden and tour the Great Lakes Brewery Pint-Sized Garden. The party will then make a return trip to the Stanford House on the train.

The Mother & Daughter Garden Party Overnight fee: $150 per female adult/child pair, $120 for members of Countryside Conservancy, Western Reserve Historical Society, and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Additional child: $40, $30 partnering members. Price includes a hearty evening snack, breakfast, lunch, admission, and market tokens. Arrival and Registration will be at the Stanford House beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with a Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m. Departure will be on Saturday by 4 p.m. For more information and to register by Friday, September 2, call Connie at 330-657-2796 ext. 100.

The Stone Soup Mystery Meal will start out at the Countryside Farmers' Market and continue at Hale Farm & Village from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24.Families will take part in a guided tour of the market and personal introductions to local farmers. Then groups will set out to purchase fresh produce and other local products to create a mystery meal.Participants will then hike the short trail from Indigo Lake to Hale Farm & Village, where the group will prepare a mystery soup over a campfire and assemble delicious salads. While the soup finishes, the children will re-enact the traditional tale of Stone Soup. The mystery meal will be served fireside, while participants try to guess the mystery ingredients.

The Stone Soup Mystery Meal fee: $17 adults, $15 for members of Countryside Conservancy, Western Reserve Historical Society, and Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and $7 children ages 5 - 11. Price includes market tokens. Howe Meadow, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Be prepared for the weather and for walking. Farmers' Market purchases will be shuttled to Hale Farm & Village so as to not burden participants on their hike. For more information and to register by September 16, call Connie at 330-657-2796 ext. 100.

Both events complement Farm Camp, a farm-to-fork program operated by the Farm School Initiative, and Farm School, a sustainable farming and garden design program. Both programs focus on concepts of sustainability, stewardship, agricultural ecology, place, change over time, entrepreneurship, and gastronomy.

The Farm School Initiative has brought together farmers, students, educators, rangers, business managers and museum curators from Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, Akron Public Schools, Heritage Farms, Brunty

Farms, Greenfield Berry Farm, Great Lakes Brewery Pint Size Farm, Hale Farm & Village, Countryside Conservancy and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Financial support has been generously provided by the GAR Foundation, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio, and WITAN (Women In Touch with Akron's Needs).

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National ParkThe Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.

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Did You Know?

Drawing of a mule driver on the Ohio & Erie Canal.

A young James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States, worked briefly as a mule boy on the Ohio & Erie Canal, an important cultural resource within Cuyahoga Valley National Park.