Spring Brings Interesting Events to Hanley Farm and More! – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – March 2017

160 years ago, Michael Hanley purchased what is now known as Hanley Farm. Originally the farm was called “The Willows,” a name taken from a weeping willow planted in the 1860s, a tree that has “…toppled twice, in 1940 and again in 1986.” But, “…in each instance it regenerated […]

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Farm Events to Bring Hanley & History to Life in 2017 – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – February 2017

Lured by gold and free land in the 1850s, David Clinton and Archibald Welton were the first settlers to establish a farm at the Hanley site. In 1857 Michael Hanley purchased the 636 acre ranch from Clinton and Welton, and so began the remarkable journey of the Hanley family. […]

Make it a Spooky & Fun October at Hanley Farm – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – October 2016

6th-Annual Scarecrow Festival, October 8 & 9, 11:00am to 4:00pm—Free Admission. Make your own scarecrow (complete kits cost $15 or $10 for SOHS members), hay rides, children’s activities and games, farm-fresh food for purchase, and tour of the historic Hanley House ($5 or $3 for SOHS members).

A highlight of […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, September 2016 – by Rion Glynn

Are you looking for a fun excuse to get outside with the family this summer? How about a beautiful location that explores the rich history of the Rogue Valley and provides green, shade-covered lawn areas for picnicking? If this sounds appealing, the Southern Oregon Historical Society invites you to visit Hanley Farm every Thursday from […]

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Join us for August Events! – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – August 2016

Learn to Grow Food in Your Own Yard!—The Rogue Valley community is invited to visit Hanley Farm every Thursday from 4:00-7:00pm to learn how to grow food in a way that is affordable, labor-saving, and requires no irrigation. The Agricultural Manager is excited to lead tours of the demonstration […]

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Growing Food Without Irrigation and Living History Days – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – July 2016

Under the hot mid-day sun at Hanley Farm, I find myself challenged to stay cool during the first 100 plus degree heatwave of the summer. As I walk through the garden, I am taken aback as I observe that the plants surrounding me appear to be unfazed by the […]

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Learn to Grow Food the Easy Way – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – June 2016

At Hanley Farm, we grow food in a way that requires no irrigation, no machinery, and low labor beyond planting and picking food. Our objective is to demonstrate a simple way to grow food that is approachable to the general public. Everyone has the right to grow their own […]

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Fun Times at Hanley Farm – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – May 2016

May kicks-off the event season at Hanley Farm with two annual favorites—the Heritage Plant & Garden Fair and the Children’s Heritage Fair.

Mark your calendar for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 7 & 8 from 10:00am-3:00pm, for the Hanley Heritage Plant & Garden Fair. There will be a […]

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Celebrate Spring at Hanley Farm

Focus on Hanley Farm – April 2016

Beginning April 7, 2016 – Hanley Farm will be open every Thursday evening from 4:00-7:00pm, April through October. Bring your family, invite your friends, and enjoy a relaxing evening on the historic grounds first settled by the Hanley Family in 1857.

Thursday, 4:00-7:00pm, April-October, Free Admission!

  • No-Till Garden Tours lead by […]
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Hosting the “Farm and Food Program” – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – March 2016

Hanley Farm is excited to host the Family Nurturing Center’s “Farm and Food Program” for its fourth consecutive growing season! The Farm and Food Program is an outreach component of the Family Nurturing Center, Jackson County’s Children’s Relief Nursery. Families visit Hanley Farm in order to grow, harvest, prepare […]

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No-Till Garden Research Project – by Rion Glynn

Focus on Hanley Farm – February 2016

Is it possible to maintain a home garden in a way that is low-maintenance, conserves water, and meets the nutritional needs of a family living in the Rogue Valley?

The Hanley Farm agricultural program plans to conduct a research project during the 2016 growing season, seeking to answer this question […]

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Christmas at Hanley Farm – by Pam Sasseen

Focus on Hanley Farm – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

In 1605, a “…tree in Strasbourg…was brought indoors and adorned with paper roses, lighted candles, wafers, nuts and sweets.” Throughout the centuries decorating for the holidays continued, and in the 1880’s, F.W. Woolworth began importing German ornaments. On December 27, you have the opportunity to travel back in […]

2015 Holiday Wreath-Making & Santa at Hanley Farm

Kick-off the Yuletide Season at Hanley Farm! Begin by creating your Holiday Wreath using bases made from all natural materials cut fresh from the farm. And, a special treat, straight from the North Pole – Santa Claus accepted our invitation, AND he’s bringing his favorite helper-Elf with him! In addition to Santa and wreath-making, browse […]

The Fun Continues in Fall at the Farm! – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – October 2015

With only a few weeks left to enjoy Hanley Farm produce for sale at the Jacksonville Farmers Market, we are gearing up for the cooler weather and seasonal changes at the Farm. With the new school year in full swing, field trips to the Farm have already begun and […]

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More FUN at the Farm! – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – September 2015

It’s been a full and rewarding summer thus far, with many new and returning visitors to the Farm enjoying its many offerings. All three sessions of summer camp went-off without a hitch as campers learned about their local heritage through the Hanley family’s story, as well as homesteading, farming […]

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2nd 2015 Community Pizza Night at Hanley Farm is August 27!

What a great time we had last month at Hanley Farm’s first Community Pizza Night. It was a great success – thanks to everyone who attended, enjoyed great food, music and friends. We invite you all to return, and those of you who missed the first pizza night, be sure not to miss this one!

Before […]

Fun Events at Hanley Farm!

Focus on Hanley Farm – August 2015

What better way is there to spend a lovely August evening than a concert on the lawn at Hanley Farm?! This affordable, family-friendly event has all the components of a perfect summer evening: farm-fresh food from the Farm Kitchen, local craft brews on-tap, live music, horseshoes, badminton, and plenty […]

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New Civil War History Days – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – July 2015

Beginning a new partnership between the Southern Oregon Historical Society and the Cascade Civil War Society, we are excited to offer Living History Days on July 11 & 12 from 11am-4pm. This family-friendly event features costumed interpreters across the farm with hands-on activities for all ages and a civil […]

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Kids Summer Camp at Hanley Farm! – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – June 2015

With two successful events under our belt that kicked-off the season, summer is now in full-swing at Hanley Farm. The annual Heritage Plant & Garden Fair and Children’s Heritage Fair seem to improve each year, with more community support than ever. We hope you had the opportunity to enjoy […]

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Two Annual Favorites in May – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – May 2015

May kicks-off the event season at Hanley Farm with two annual favorites, the Heritage Plant & Garden Fair and the Children’s Heritage Fair.

Mark your calendar for Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10, from 10:00am-3:00pm, for the Hanley Heritage Plant & Garden Fair. There will be a wide […]

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Lessons from Hanley Farm Farmers – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – April 2015

This month we had the pleasure of interviewing Elizabeth Worcester of Daisy Creek Farm. Now in their 4th season of leading the agricultural activities at Hanley Farm, we learned more about no-till agriculture and what we can expect to see at the Farm this season.

What is no-till agriculture?—No-Till […]

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Spring Comes to the Farm – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – March 2015

Our days are finally feeling longer as spring begins to show herself at the Farm. The field of daffodils greets us under the front walnut trees and green buds abound. The Volunteer Garden is actively taking shape as we tenderly care for over 200 heritage plants that were recently […]

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New Monarch Waystation at the Farm! – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – February 2015

During these normally quiet months of winter, a special new garden is developing at Hanley Farm. In response to the alarming population crash of the iconic monarch butterfly throughout North America over the last ten years, a small group of concerned local citizens began establishing Monarch Waystations throughout the […]

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A New “Olde Christmas” at the Historic Hanley Farmhouse

Milestone in Hanley Restoration – Southern Oregon Historical Society’s (SOHS) Associate Curator of Collections, Tina Reuwsaat, a decorative arts historian who specializes in recreating original period furnishing plans for historic interiors, has overseen the completion of the restoration of the Historical Hanley Farmhouse Foyer. Using the probate records from the Michael Hanley estate inventory and […]

Celebrate History & Holidays at Hanley House – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – December 2014/January 2015

There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by taking a tour of the historic Hanely House Museum! Here, the past come to life with a fully-furnished and beautifully-embellished holiday exhibit of decorations, toys, ornaments, and clothing from the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s collection. Each […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, November 2014 – by Emma Abby

The annual October events at Hanley Farm thrilled hundreds of local families and provided a festive starting point for the holiday season. Hayrides touring the farm captivated visitors with valley views and Hanley highlights at this year’s Scarecrow Festival! The Crater Renaissance Academy Drama transformed the farm into a full-featured theatrical production that awed and […]

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Scarecrow Festival Kicks-off Fall at Hanley Farm – by Emma Abby

Focus on Hanley Farm – October 2014

As the cooler weather rolls in and the colorful change of autumn arrives, an impressive bounty is being harvested and processed for winter at Hanley Farm. Amidst the harvest, time is made for planting garlic and hardy winter greens, mulching garden beds, shearing sheep, collecting walnuts, and breeding the […]

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Focus on Hanley Farm, September 2014 – by Dr. Kerri Hecox

Farm dinners are one of the hottest dining experiences in Oregon this year, with Portland Monthly magazine devoting a full issue to them in April. Everything from dining in vineyards, to 30-mile bike rides ending at a long farm table, to river trips with farm-fresh meals served. Here in the Rogue Valley we are lucky […]

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