UNIVERSITY FARM PROGRAM:
The University Farm, comprised of Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, is a beautiful 389-acre property in Hunting Valley, Ohio, that features forests, ravines, waterfalls, meadows, ponds, and a self-contained watershed. Owned by Case Western Reserve University, the farm has a number of buildings designed for educational, research, and recreational purposes.
Autumn in the Country classes at the farm take advantage of the spectacular surroundings for inspiration and as a setting for learning about nature, cultivation, and the environment.
To register online, click on the individual course titles listed below.
PAINTING IN THE OUTDOORS
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. Limited Enrollment
Fridays, September 5 - October 10, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Instructor: Patricia Sigmier, B.F.A., Watercolor Instructor, Art Show Exhibitor
Location: Various farm facilities, Squire Valleevue Farm
FIBERS AT THE FARM: BATIK ON SILK & SILK PAINTING
Discover, create and explore the exciting techniques of Batik and/or 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. You 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. Great art forms that inspire success for everyone! Limited enrollment.
Tuesdays, September 9 - 30, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Instructor: Peggy J. Wertheim, M.A.T., Surface Design Artist and Educator
Fee: $75 (+$35 materials fee, payable to the instructor on the first day of class)
Location: Honey House, Squire Valleevue Farm
COURSES WITH CWRU FARM HORTICULTURIST CHRIS BOND
The four classes below will be taught by CWRU Farm Horticulturist Chris Bond, co-author of Case Western Reserve University: Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms, Certified Permaculture Designer, Ohio Certified Nursery Technician, and New York State Certified Nursery Professional.
Each course will commence in the Kutina Classroom at Squire Valleevue Farm.
Participants can sign up for one or all, as each class is a stand alone session.
The Basics of Growing Your Own Food
An introduction to the basics of home vegetable and fruit production. Topics covered will include soil and garden preparation, cultivation techniques, natural weed and pest control, and fertilizers. Class will be a combination of instruction and activities. All materials will be provided.
Saturday, September 6, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
A look at what "organic" means and what it is not. Classes will cover a variety of general and specific methods, practices and products. Class will be a combination of instruction, on-site tours and activities. All materials will be provided.
Saturday, September 13, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Proper Horticultural Practices
A look at how to plant, prune, fertilize, and care for a wide variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Students are encouraged to bring questions or pictures of their own plants and landscape. Class will be a combination of instruction, on-site tours and activities. All materials will be provided.
Saturday, September 27, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
A class entirely devoted to the care and culture of the blueberry. Class will look at Blueberry types and varieties, a history of blueberries and their uses, site selection and preparation/ incorporating blueberries into your existing landscape and the care and culture of your blueberries (both organic and traditional methods will be examined). Diseases and Pests of Blueberries and their controls will be looked at as well as nutritional information about blueberries. Class will be a combination of instruction and hands-on activities.
Saturday, October 4, 1:00 PM -3:30 PM