Historic farm has new life: Take a peek inside Winterberry Farm & Event Center Sunday

PHOTOS SUBMITTED Winterberry Farm.

After living in Los Angeles for 13 years, a Tiffin native has returned to bring new life into a historic farm.

Singer-songwriter Sabrina Schneppat is the founder and artistic director of Winterberry Farm & Event Center.

Schneppat said she returned home after her father suffered a stroke and a year later she worked to purchase the neglected farm next door.

“The word was, there were several people interested in tearing down all the buildings and putting up new construction,” Schneppat said. “I was panicked. I couldn’t bear the thought of this gorgeous piece of our history disappearing forever. The bonus was, it was close to my parents.”

Schneppat said she was sad to have left her artist community in California, so she decided to bring artists to her.

“I want to encourage others to follow their dreams,” she said.

She bought the place and now, after two years of extensive work, most of which she participated in herself, the farm will be opened to the public for events.

Schneppat said as an artist, she is inspired by visions and imagines bringing them to life. The farm is one of those.

“Sometimes it feels way bigger than me,” she said. “It’s at least a 10-year project with many facets. I crave beauty, beauty I can share with others. We have the choice to share the best of who we are and inspire each other. That is what the farm is about. Farms are about growth, nurturing, feeding. Events here will feed our souls, nurture our spirits, and encourage us to grow.”

Winterberry Farm is officially opening its doors Sunday with its Grand Opening Garden Celebration 11 a.m.-5 p.m. An official chandelier lighting is set for noon.

The event is to include tours of the farm, quality artisans selling handcrafted wares, “European Teatime” featuring home baked tortes and cakes, flowers and plants, crafting classes, giveaways, raffles and antique cars.

There is a $5 admission charge, with all proceeds going to the continued restoration of the farm.

For more information, visit www.Winterberry.Farm.

The grand opening is just a taste of what the farm will have to offer in the future, Schneppat said.

In addition to offering classes in a variety of areas such as the arts, wellness, entrepreneurship and growing, both in the garden and in our lives, Winterberry Farm also is to be available for private celebrations such as weddings and corporate events.

Another aspect of Winterberry Farm is focused on building community by hosting community enrichment events such as dances, barn concerts, farm-to-table dinners, and an Olde World Christmas Celebration focused on returning people to the true holiday spirit of fellowship and sharing.

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