We have done it! GeerCrest Farm is on its way to be preserved as a
Living History Site!
18 years ago, it was a sleepy, abandoned farm.
This was a twenty acre remainder of a 640 acre land claim. Locals called it the Old Geer Place – a beautiful site of very old trees, knee-high grass and large blackberry thickets. The historic farm house, with its weather-beaten porch and a collapsed corner, painted a picture of the past slipping away.
GeerCrest Farm is a homestead.
It serves as a classroom, while it provides food for the farm family, hundreds of students & many guests. The skills and culture of a land-based way of life is being lived and taught by the multi-generational farm family through the Farm Life Experience Program. GeerCrest Farm is once again remembered as a historic landmark. Our Riding Whip Tree is a State Heritage Tree. A Memorial Orchard of apple and pear varieties, established in 1848, is in its nursery stage. And a grove of historically significant trees is under consideration for State Heritage Tree nomination!
The farm house and stone house are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The core of it all is GeerCrest Farm’s amazing history, which provides the foundation for our preservation effort and integrates its various facets. Our archives contain the story of the land and its people from the time of settlement to today. The entire collection has been digitized, indexed and is being annotated right now. By early 2018 it will be accessible to the public. Stories of the land and its people bring our historic structures, homestead, farm life curriculum, heritage skills and artifacts to life. Today’s generations evolve an ongoing culture with their experiences and new generations will take this living continuum into the future.
Over 500 students have immersed themselves into the farm’s life and history this past year.
We had six week-long Farm Life Camps, monthly farm dinners, and hosted private events. Grants from the Willamette University and The Kinsman Foundation are helping build a fiber studio and restore the historic stone house.
Our next, crucial, step is to raise funds to bridge the gap between where we are today
(after developing the Living History Site over the past eighteen years) and where we need
to be in order to strengthen what we have created. We have plans to repair, restore and improve farming infrastructure, historic buildings.
Your monthly gift will ensure this place continues to grow for many generations to come.
We invite you to join us now, as part of our extended farm family.
Donate today & become part of this amazing transformation.
GeerCrest Farm & Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
All donations are tax deductable.
Thank you for your gift to our Winter Fund 2017.