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Green opts for tranquility with historic homestead and farm.
Levi Hartong Homestead will be leased as a farm rather than a visitor center.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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The Victorian house of Levi Hartong dates to about 1882 and his barn is dated at 1893.
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The City of Green’s Parks and Recreation Board and Historic Preservation Commission has decided to sustain an old homestead in their community as a working farm. Now all they need is a farmer.
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When Green officials bought the 200 acre Levi Hartong homestead 7 years ago they had planned to turn its historic house into a visitor center. City Development Administrator Sarah Haring says it was to be a trailhead with public restrooms as part of the new Southgate Park.  It's located next to Boettler Park at 5300 Massillon Road. 

“The first thing that makes sense is to open it to the public -  sort of a Hale Farm kind of thing.”

But in the years since, officials decided maybe they should not surround the Victorian house in the woods with roads and parking lots. 

“So when you’re back there any period of time the remoteness, the tranquility become less of a constraint, more of an opportunity.  It’s  something you just don’t want to mess with.   We want to keep it tranquil; we want to keep it serene.”   

Instead the city will follow the path of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy and retain the old homestead as a small working farm, one that acts as a 22 acre demonstration farm for visitors.  They’ll be accepting lease proposals from would-be farmers. Haring would like to see its produce sold at a farmers market or be sold by contract as arranged with Community Supported Agriculture farms.   

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