Baked Goods and Backyard Farms returns Aug. 18

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Celebrating the far-reaching impact of the county's agricultural industry, Bartow History Museum will present Baked Goods and Backyard Farms Aug. 18. 

"Several years ago we decided to expand on our annual bake sale fundraiser to include more activities and opportunities for our visitors to enjoy the museum," BHM Director Trey Gaines said. "We partnered with the Gordon County Antique Engine and Tractor Club to display a collection of antique tractors. We invited speakers to present on a number of traditional and urban farming topics, and we have provided a petting zoo and other activities for the kids.

"Agriculture has played a large role in the lives of many in this area for generations. This event brings attention to the many ways agriculture touches all of our lives."

Ongoing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Baked Goods and Backyard Farms will kick off with the tractor show and bake sale.

"This year’s event will once again include antique tractors, petting zoo, bake sale, barrel train rides, kids activities and more," Gaines said. "Throughout the morning, speakers will give short presentations on goat farming, weaving and spinning, fruit growing and others. Also, this year, we will open a photography exhibit in partnership with the Booth Photography Guild. This juried exhibit includes nearly 30 photographs of Bartow County barns submitted by guild members. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite photograph for the People’s Choice Award.

"This event has been well received in years past. Visitors enjoy the tractors and presentations, as well as picking up a tasty treat in the bake sale. The kids love riding the barrel train and petting the farm animals in the petting zoo. It’s great to see visitors of all ages see or experience something new while they are in the museum."

The event’s presentation lineup will consist of three speakers: Maxine Sutton, "Getting to Know the Milking Goat," 10:15 a.m.; Tina Evans, owner of Dry Creek Naturals, “Farm to Fashion," 11:45 a.m.; and Bartow County Extension Coordinator Paul Pugliese, “Growing Georgia Fruits," 12:30 p.m.

"This event has been supported by the Extension office and our Master Gardner Extension Volunteers for the last few years," Pugliese said. "It’s a great opportunity to partner with the Bartow History Museum to mutually support their outreach and fundraising efforts. Our community is very lucky to have a vibrant museum scene that celebrates the rich history of Bartow County. This event also increases awareness of hobby farming and gardening. As in previous years, we will have an information table and tent setup outside to provide the public with more information about the services and continuing education we provide through the local Extension office.

"My presentation will focus on growing native fruits. Native fruits that are not commercially cultivated include elderberry, serviceberry, gooseberry, mayhaw, red mulberry, pawpaw and persimmon. Other native fruits that are grown commercially include blueberry, blackberry, raspberry and muscadine grapes."

He continued, "I hope to introduce our audience to the many diverse native fruits we can grow in Georgia. Because these are not readily available at the local grocery store, it can be fun and enjoyable to grow something different in your garden. Native fruit species are generally lower maintenance than non-native fruits, such as peaches, apples and pears. This presentation will include a brief overview on variety selection, proper planting techniques and basic care. We have several UGA Extension fact sheets on all of these native fruit species that will be available as references with more information."

Open to the public, Baked Goods and Backyard Farms will be free for BHM members and included in regular admission to the venue for nonmembers. There will be no charge to view the bake sale items.

"All proceeds from the bake sale and farm event will benefit the Bartow History Museum and the work we do every day to preserve and present the rich history around us," Gaines said. "We greatly appreciate the support of the area restaurants, bakeries and individuals who generously provide items for the bake sale, as well as those who support the museum with their bake sale purchase and participation in the event."

For more information about the BHM and its upcoming event, call 770-382-3818 or visit http://bartowhistorymuseum.org.