City of Green to host a meeting about the future of Southgate Park’s Historic Hartong Homestead on June 27

On Thursday, June 27 at 6:00pm in Central Park’s Community Hall, 1795 Steese Road, the City of Green will host a public informational meeting to discuss the future of the historic Levi J. Hartong Farmstead.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the farmstead is located within city-owned Southgate Park and is comprised of a farmhouse, barn, summer kitchen, chicken coop, agricultural outbuildings, a funerary and approximately 16 acres of tillable land.

In 2013, with the support of the city’s Parks & Recreation Board and the Historic Preservation Commission, the city partnered with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Countryside Initiative – now known as “Countryside” to restore the farmstead’s original agricultural use in a way that would preserve the extraordinary natural habitat of Southgate Park.

This year the City received approval from the Ohio Public Works Commission that allows for a small-scale sustainable agricultural use at the Hartong property and the city is once again looking to partner with Countryside to move this initiative forward.

The public is invited to an informational meeting at Central Park’s Community Hall that will introduce the vision and key concepts that characterize the proposed farmstead initiative and that will provide an opportunity for questions and feedback. Tracy Emrick, Chief Executive Officer of Countryside, will be the keynote speaker. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Haring, Community Development Administrator: Sharing@cityofgreen.org or 330-896-6614.

For more information about Countryside’s program, please visit:  Countryside Initiative Farms