Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine’s Frugal Farm Wife educational series kicks off

Sharon Heard-Cross, interpretive host at Nash Farm in Grapevine, shows a cooking technique to, pictured from left, Emily Ryter,14, Sami Smith,9, Rachel Ryter, 9, Trey Gower, 11, and Cody Richardson, 15, during a session called the Frugal Farm Wife. During the session, various types of domestic duties typical in a 19th century home were demonstrated.
Sharon Heard-Cross, interpretive host at Nash Farm in Grapevine, shows a cooking technique to, pictured from left, Emily Ryter,14, Sami Smith,9, Rachel Ryter, 9, Trey Gower, 11, and Cody Richardson, 15, during a session called the Frugal Farm Wife. During the session, various types of domestic duties typical in a 19th century home were demonstrated. Special to the Star-Telegram

For the second year, Grapevine’s Nash Farm will host Frugal Farm Wife, a series of educational and interpretive programs, starting in January and taking place monthly through November 2016.

The series features family-friendly educational experiences designed to teach life skills that were important to a Texas farm in the 19th century.

Step into a 19th century home and witness the domestic duties of a farm family during the Frugal Farm Wife series.

Participants will have the opportunity to see period-clothed interpreters performing seasonal chores using tools and techniques of the era such as sewing, spinning, dying, cooking, washing, gardening, harvesting, preserving, candle making and many other household chores.

This open-house setting allows guests to discuss the activities with the interpreters. Involvement will be encouraged when possible.

Pre-registration is encouraged and a participation fee of $3 per person is required. All ages are welcome. All sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The session schedule is Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, J July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 18.

Nash Farm offers special events and interpretive programs, as well as educational tours that allow visitors to connect with the agricultural heritage of the Grape Vine Prairie.

Nash Farm is overseen by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation Board of Directors, who partners with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide the staff for the site.

“We show people how to use heritage skills to enrich their lives,” said Jim Lauderdale, Nash Farm manager. “We want them to see the rural atmosphere right here in the middle of the Metroplex.”

Lauderdale said those who visit will get a glimpse of what life was like on the farm more than a century ago, even though Nash Farm is located on 5.2 acres several blocks from Historic Downtown Grapevine.

“The Grapevine Heritage Foundation’s mission for Nash Farm is to preserve, protect, and visually reflect the significance of our farming and agricultural heritage so that future generations may appreciate and experience a way of life lived by settlers of the Grape Vine Prairie,” Lauderdale said.

To register or for more information about the series, visit www.NashFarm.org. For additional information about Grapevine, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Marty Sabota, 817-390-7367

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