Owned by Case Western Reserve, the University Farm, comprised of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, is a beautiful 389-acre property in Hunting Valley, Ohio featuring forests, ravines, waterfalls, meadows, ponds and a self-contained watershed. Farm classes take advantage of this spectacular landscape for inspiration and as a setting for learning about nature, cultivation and the environment.
Session I: Saturday, April 1 | 10 a.m.–noon
Session II: Saturday, May 6 | 10 a.m.–noon
Sharon Halkovics, Farm Food Associate, CWRU
Culinary herbs are easy to grow and make food taste terrific. In this class you will learn techniques for growing annual and perennial herbs, how to store and preserve herbs for future use, and share a variety of ways to use them in cooking.
Fridays, May 5–June 9 | 6:30–8:30 a.m.
Timothy Matson, Curator and Head of Vertebrate Zoology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Explore the bluebird trail, watch busy bobolinks, or be rewarded with a rare sighting of Henslow’s Sparrow. May and June are busy months for birds. Migrants arrive and some continue their journeys northward. Others, along with permanent residents, establish and actively defend their territories and carry out reproductive activities. Come and learn to recognize the many species of birds on the basis of appearance, song, and behavior in the meadows, woodlands, ravines and ponds of Squire Valleevue Farm. No prior birding experience is necessary. Binoculars and field guides are recommended. Optional breakfast 8:30-9AM
Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Greenhouse Parking Lot | Member: $85; Nonmembers: $95 | REGISTER >
Tuesdays, May 9–30 | 1–4 p.m.
Peggy Wertheim, Local Surface Design Artist
Discover, create, and explore the exciting techniques of batik and silk painting inspired by the natural beauty of Squire Valleevue Farm. Students will learn resist application, waxing, color blending, dye theory, paint and salt techniques. They will create several pieces of silk wall art to frame and/or silk scarves. A wealth of design ideas, reference books and handouts provided. No experience necessary. Limited enrollment. A $35 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, The Honey House | Members: $80; Nonmembers: $100 | REGISTER >
Fridays, June 2–30 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Patricia Sigmier, Local Artist
In this course we will explore painting in the outdoors using watercolor or the medium of your choice. Subjects will be found in the beautiful environs of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms. Students of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Each student will be instructed individually and work at his/her own pace. Bring a bag lunch.
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Wednesdays, June 7-21 | 10 a.m.–noon
Jay Abercrombie, Field Biologist, formerly with the Geauga Park District
This field seminar provides a close look at the plants, wildlife, and geology of Squire Valleevue Farm. On field trips into the forest and meadows observe and discuss habitats and their inhabitants as they transition to fall and prepare for winter. No strenuous hiking will be involved, but participants should be able to maintain an active pace over generally moderate, but occasionally hilly or wet terrain.
Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms (Meet in the Greenhouse Parking Lot) | Members: $45; Nonmembers: $55 | REGISTER >