The Agricultural History Project, located at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, received a $10,500 grant award from the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County to conduct a feasibility study of our community’s interest in a Living History Farm. The results from both the focus groups and the community survey indicate a strong interest in a living history Farm. We’ve decided to take on this project in phases. Our first step is to establish year-round vegetable garden spaces on our facility.
If you’re interested in being on the Living History Farm committee, contact our office at (831) 724-5898 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preferences for activities to be featured and offered are:
1. Educational programs for children and youth
2. Demonstartions of historical farming and ranching activities
3. Hands on interactive experiences
The feasibility study consisted of two parts: Focus Groups & Community Surveying. Community participants will help identify how AHP can collaborate with other organizations, and a community-wide survey through a digital marketing campaign.
See the full feasibility report here: Final Report
What is a Living History Farm?
A living history farm is an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people to real life experiences on a farm/ranch. Real life animals and crops would live and grow on the farm and provide the public a chance to participate in what life was like during a particular time in history. Interpreters demonstrate everyday chores, household tasks, and cooking without a grocery store around the corner.