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Foster Farm plans pioneer lessons

Have you wanted to learn how to harvest wheat and understand the process to get it to your kitchen table?

On Saturday, Aug. 17, Philip Foster Farm plans to teach this bygone farming skills to the masses now reliant on machines.

Organizers encourage participants to be ready to get their hands dirty and to bring the whole family to join in on the festivities. The fun will get started at 11 a.m. and go until 4 p.m.

The Philip Foster Farm National Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday from Father’s Day through Labor Day, and on Saturdays in May, September and October. Entrance fee is $5 per person or $20 per family.

Located at 29912 S.E. Highway 211, the farm is one of the few sites along the Oregon Trail to actively interpret pioneer life. The site features the original 1860 barn and tack shop, the Philip Foster house circa 1883, a recreated working general store, blacksmith shop and log cabin. The five-acre site includes several authentic covered wagons and the oldest lilac tree in the state.



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