Agricultural gem to host third yearly celebration on Sept. 7

by: VERN UYETAKE - Dawn Grunwald, left, and Karen Davis show just a taste of the colors that people will experience at third annual Luscher Farm Open House on Sept. 7.Area residents are invited to come to the Luscher Farm open house on Sept. 7. That is because it will offer something for everybody.

Ninety-two scarecrows will be there to welcome people with open arms, farm animals will be available for petting and making funny noises, Lake Oswego Mayor Kent Studebaker will cut a ribbon and Karen Davis and her Luscher crew will offer a good time for all.

“I’m always amazed by the number of people who drive by the farm and never stop in,” said Davis, who is garden coordinator at Luscher Farm. “But the people who stop are amazed.”

Davis wants to make sure that the public knows it is welcome to come to Luscher Farm not only at the open house but all of the time. The celebration on Sept. 7 will be a true profile raiser.

This list of attractions is so impressive that it is exhausting: petting zoo, healthy snacks, fun crafts, smoothie tasting, garden tour, plant sale, tomato tasting, popcorn and a big supply of fresh vegetables from 47th Avenue Farms. Davis is hoping that even owl boxes will be in place by the day of the big event.

The day will also include the Rosemont Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Studebaker will be accompanied by Trail Partners and other dignitaries to officially open the long-awaited Rosemont Trail, which connects West Linn and Lake Oswego.

Over the summer Luscher Farm has been a favorite spot of young campers, who do more than just have fun. Davis noted that the In My Backyard Camp picked 140 pounds of produce for the Oregon Food Bank. Luscher kids are also donating food to the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center Meals on Wheels program. The many children’s programs at Luscher are directed by new Children’s Garden Coordinator Dawn Grunwald.

Davis said the open house is a good way for people to find out more about what has been going on at Luscher Farm.

Luscher Farm is located at 125 Rosemont Road. Parking is available in the church parking lot located across from Hazelia Field at 17979 SW Stafford Road.

by: VERN UYETAKE - Dawn Grunwald, Children's Garden coordinator at Luscher Farm, has been making good use of the farm's remodeled classic tractor this summer.

by: VERN UYETAKE - More than 90 scarecrows will greet visitors at the upcoming open house at Luscher Farm. The event will also feature a petting zoo, crafts, a plant sale and vegetable and smoothie tastings.

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