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.
Wednesdays, September 6-October 4 | 10-11:30 a.m.
No class: September 20
Holly Witchey, Professor of Art History, CWRU
Learn how three generations of one family, the Wade family, helped to transform Cleveland’s cultural infrastructures. Lectures will include the development of museums in America with a focus on the Cleveland Museum of Art; University Circle; the role of the Grand Tour in the creation of Cleveland’s cultural infrastructure; and Jeptha Homer Wade II, Cleveland’s “Ideal Philanthropist.”
Fridays, September 8-October 13 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Patricia Sigmier, Local Artist
In this course, we will explore painting with watercolor on location at Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm. This is an ideal venue for painting outdoors using direct observation of the natural light, shadows and ever-changing atmosphere. The changing season brings new colors of autumn to our palettes. This course includes demonstrations, group critiques as well as individual instructions. Students of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Each student will work at his/her own pace. Bring a bag lunch. Limited Enrollment.
Saturdays, September 9-September 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Ryan Bennett, Farm Food Program Coordinator, CWRU
Learn how to safely identify, sustainably harvest and prepare wild flora and fungi found in the forests of the University Farms. The class involves hiking through the woods. Boots or hiking shoes, long pants, water bottles, bug spray and sunscreen highly recommended.
Wednesdays, September 13-27 | 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. Meet in the Greenhouse Parking Lot.