Learn how to live healthier at family-friendly Small Farm and Food Fest

A family enjoying a live food demonstration at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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A family enjoying a live food demonstration at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Lessons in living a healthier lifestyle wrapped in family-friendly fun can be found at the Small Farm and Food Fest hosted by Five Rivers MetroParks on Saturday, August 6.

Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this event spotlights the importance of nutrition and sustainable habits while offering historical games, tractor-pulled wagon rides, food, live music, live animals, and more.

“During the pandemic, we saw a lot of people go back to basics, whether it was baking bread from scratch or planting victory gardens,” said Rick Musselman, MetroParks education coordinator, in a release. “All of these skills can help people live healthier, more sustainable lifestyles and we aim to spark and fuel those interests during Small Farm & Food Fest.”

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Participants enjoying a live historic demonstration at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Participants enjoying a live historic demonstration at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Participants enjoying a live historic demonstration at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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The Small Farm and Food Fest will have a variety of learning opportunities that will involve combinations of modern-day and historical farming, gardening, food preparation, cooking, homesteading and home sustainability information. There will also be hands-on activities, speakers and a pop-up farmers market with more than 15 vendors.

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Visitors enjoy the live animals at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Visitors enjoy the live animals at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Visitors enjoy the live animals at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Food trucks participating include Kona Ice of Troy, Thai 1 On, Cumberland Kettle Corn, G’s Cue BBQ and El Buen Taco. Live music will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Carriage Hill MetroParks’ visitors center.

Other activities such as historical demos and workshops will be held throughout the event where canned goods, heirloom vegetables and butter-making displays can be viewed.

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A glimpse of the outdoor vendors held at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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A glimpse of the outdoor vendors held at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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A glimpse of the outdoor vendors held at Small Farm and Food Fest.

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Local speakers will cover topics that include cooking, gardening, and food prep, homesteading and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carriage Hill MetroParks is located at 7800 E. Shull Rd., Huber Heights. For more information on Five Rivers MetroParks’ Small Farm and Food Fest, visit metroparks.org/farmfest.

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