Historic Harmony, 4-H teach kids about farming history

May 13, 2019 Cranberry Local News


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Austin Veri, 10, looks eye-to-eye with a 2-year-old calf while Maggie Bowser tends to the cow Saturday at the Harmonist Barn.

HARMONY — Historic Harmony provided the barn and Butler County 4-H provided the animals to give children a fun and educational experience.

A display of farm animals at the Harmonist Barn gave kids an opportunity to learn about chickens, rabbits, sheep, goats and calves, and created another attraction for people going to the annual Harmony SpringFest that was also held Saturday.

Far left, Claire Logue greets a baby sheep with her mom, Lauren Logue, Saturday at the Harmonist Barn. Left, Emma Bowser feeds milk to a 20-week-old cow — after it briefly escaped it’s pen — while Maggie Bowser tends to its leash. Butler County 4-H provided the animals to give children a fun and educational experience. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Seb Foltz/Butler Eagle

“One of our goals is to tell the history of Butler County. The Harmonists came here and made agricultural products,” said Rodney Gasch, Historic Harmony president. “As the area gets more residential there are fewer opportunities for kids to see farm animals.”

Baby sheep at Small Farm Animals Day at Harmonist Barn. Seb Folt/Butler Eagle

Amy Metrick led a group of eight 4-H volunteers who let children get close-up looks at the animals.

“We're happy that kids are coming. They're asking a lot of questions. That's what we're here for. To answer questions,” Metrick said. “We tell people what 4-H is. It's been a nice joint venture.”

Claire Logue greets a baby sheep with her mom, Lauren Logue. Seb Foltz/Butler Eagle

The barn was built in 1805 and additions were made over the years, Gasch said. Now rented for receptions and other gatherings, the barn is one of the oldest structures west of the Allegheny Mountains, he said.

The organization also runs the Harmony Museum and the Harmony Museum Shop.

Board members brought a 1948 Ford 8N tractor and a 1953 International pickup truck for display.

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