Nash Farms: First Fridays at the Farm

Want to take a step back in time to see a more simpler life?

Earlier this month, my family had an amazing visit to Nash Farm where we learned about food on a farm in the 1850’s as part of their First Fridays at the Farm series.

She Is Dallas Info: Nash Farm is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County.  It is located at 626 Ball Street in Grapevine.  They are only open to the public for scheduled classes and special events such as First Fridays at the Farm.  For more information, please visit the Nash Farm website or follow Nash Farm on Facebook.

We learned about cooking in the old farm kitchen where there was no electricity or running water.  Can you imagine?!

Nash Farm kitchen and parlor

We learned how the wood burning stove works, using dried foods, and how pot holders were made.  We were also impressed with how nothing went to waste on the old farm.  There were simple things they did like collect the water used to wash vegetables in a bucket then use it to water the garden.  Did you know that a dried corn cob makes a good pot scrubber?

At the heritage garden, we learned how to collect seeds from a piece of okra so that the seeds could be replanted for the next season.  We also helped weed the garden and then my kids loved feeding the weeds to the chickens.  Even the weeds aren’t wasted on the farm!

life on the farm - Nash Farm in Grapevine

We also learned about the old smokehouse, the types of tools used for splitting wood for the wood burning stove, and how they pumped water and carried it to the kitchen for meal preparation.   It was a fun hands-on learning experience for children and adults.

The next First Fridays at the Farm program is Urban Homesteading on March 1st. Demonstrations and activities will include making lye soap, raised bed gardening from recycled materials, collecting rain water, composting, raising backyard chickens and more.

First Fridays at the Farm Schedule

March 1 – Urban Homesteading

April 5 – Textiles

May 3 – Farm Fun

June 7 – Crops

July 5 – Keeping Cool

August 2 – Cotton

September 6 – Craftsmanship

October 4 – Campfire Cooking

November 1 – Textiles

December 6 – Farm Fun

Nash Farm invites the public to the farm for many other special events throughout the year.  Please check out the Calendar of Events for more information. They are also available for group tours such as schools and scouts and their pole barn is available for party rentals.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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