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School/Group Farm Tours Being Scheduled for 2019

 

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It’s time to get organized and get your dates set for your classroom or group farm tour at Stearns Homestead.

Stearns Homestead is a historic farm in Parma with over 75  farm animals who reside at the Homestead, not including all the wild ducks and geese that fly in and out.

The homestead is a 48 acre site located in the heart of Parma, Ohio and features two historic homes, a Yankee-style barn and several out buildings to house some of the ducks, geese, chickens, goats, sheep and some horses.

We offer groups of 10 or more a 1 .5 hour farmhand guided tour weekdays to visit with the farm animals and provide feed for    everyone  in your group to feed the animals as part of the per person fee of $4.00.

Pack a lunch or snack and plan to use our picnic tables or if available our cabin  for another 30 minutes or so for your group to extend your stay.

We are currently booking group tours for spring and summer 2019.

Complete the farm visit form to inquire and reserve your visit date.

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Making it through the cold and snow

It’s been a rough winter, well actually just a couple rough weeks of winter so far.  But we are happy to report that all our animals and all our volunteers have survived the arctic cold temperatures in January.

The warm and cold fluctuating temps do cause some concern for some of our animals, especially the horses, but everyone  is doing really well right now.

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We are looking forward to spring just as everyone is.  But with the thaw brings a new set of challenges that we hope to address in the coming months.  Spring thaw creates a muddy mess at the farm.  It’s when our volunteers lose boots as they get sucked down into the mud.  And it’s when we are challenged to let the animals out for some excercise but don’t want them to get stuck in the mud either.

One of our goals this year is to upgrade the back horse stall area with a heavy use pad construction of stone and sand to help remedy the muddy conditions.   We have lots of work to do around the farm as always, but look forward to another great year for everyone to enjoy.

See you in the Spring!

Opening day is May 21.

Join PAHS Today!

We appreciate the support of the members of the Parma Area Historical Society (PAHS)  and ask that you join or renew your membership for 2019.

We are an all volunteer group who work diligently to keep Stearns Homestead a Parma treasure for everyone to enjoy, learn about Parma’s history and experience the sights, smells and feel of farming and agriculture for all visitors.

Your membership renewal helps us to maintain the homestead and    care for the farm animals that reside at the homestead.  Your membership also gives you a voice in the organization.

Election for the PAHS Board of Trustees will be held at the April meeting.

Join or renew your membership before April 1, to be eligible to vote at the PAHS Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

PAHS is a non-profit organization with a seven member board of trustees.

Download the membership form and return with your membership payment to PAHS, PO Box 29002, Parma OH 44129.

Don’t delay!  Join today!

Goat Snacks

The goats and sheep at Stearns Homestead are looking forward to their annual Christmas tree snack.  We will once again collect live , cut trees after the holiday.  When you are ready to discard your live 🌲tree you can bring it to the front south pasture. Use the south parking area for access. Look for the tree sign.

Please remove all tinsel and other decorations prior to your delivery. No painted trees, please.

Sorry – We can not provide pick up service.goats

PAHS Mission Statement – revised April 2017

In accordance with the By-Laws reviewed and approved by the membership at the April 2017 annual meeting, the mission statement of the Parma Area Historical Society shall be:
1. To bring together whose people interested in the history of Parma;
2. To perpetuate the memory of the pioneers of Parma and its early settlers;
3. To collect, preserve, and attractively simply historical information and to disseminate
this historical information;
4. To educate and provide accurate knowledge of agricultural practices and to preserve and maintain Stearns Homestead as a working farm.

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Improvements almost completed

Over the years, the buildup of mud, manure, hay and straw has taken its toll on the back paddock, also known as a horse turnout.

The homestead was fortunate to receive a grant to help correct the situation and work is underway to regain the natural slope of the turnout and create a more solid base in front of the horse stalls; better for the horses and easier for the volunteers to navigate wheelbarrows and at feeding time.

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Also, getting ready for opening day, volunteer Jim recently rebuilt the ramp to the Country Store to make it accessible for all visitors to the Homestead.

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It’s an ongoing venture, keeping up with all the chores that need to be done at the Homestead, but we are fortunate to have great volunteers, who have the knowledge and are willing and able  to get things done.

 

Our Volunteers Rock!

Stearns Homestead is managed by the Parma Area Historical Society with an all-volunteer crew of farmhands that provide daily feed, water and care for our farm animals, help with never-ending farm repairs, move the always-heaped manure pile and a variety of other tasks that are always in need of doing.  In addition, we have volunteers who help in the two museum houses with tours and setting up displays, in the country store as store clerks and help out on weekends at the feed table and at special event activities.

Our volunteers are the best!

We can never say thank you enough times for all they do, sharing their time and talent to make Stearns Homestead a great place to visit and a comfortable home for the farm animals that reside here.

 

Stearns Farmers Market Accepting Vendor Applications

Stearns Homestead Farmers Market for the 2017 season is accepting vendor applications.   We support local produce farmers, backyard gardeners, handcrafters, bakers, and any small local business who make their own products like spices, sauces,  and spreads.  Not sure you fit our market criteria,  contact our market manager, Debbie at farmerdeb7@cox.net or by phone (440) 882-6234 for more information and vendor application.

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Stearns Homestead Farmers Market starts mid-June and ends mid-October (exact dates are available by contacting Debbie).