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Jake Harward to speak on ‘Farming in Springville’ at Senior Center

Jake Harward of Harward Farms will speak at the Springville Senior Center, 65 East. 200 South, on Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.

His lecture, “Farming in Springville,” will outline the benefits and challenges of growing produce in the Art City. This event is free and open to the public.

Harward grew up in Springville. In the mid-1980s his father planted a few rows of sweet corn for his boys to grow and sell (to keep them out of trouble and earn money to buy a four-wheeler).

As a family-owned business, Harward Farms now grows 150 acres of corn, 150 acres of pumpkins, and hundreds of acres of vegetables and fruit every year. Since that first roadside stand in the mid-80s, Harward Farms has grown to 26 roadside corn stands, providing their popular sweet corn and other quality produce throughout the state.

Each year in October, Jake and his wife operate Jaker’s Jack-O-Lanterns, a popular pumpkin patch with loads of activities and a variety of pumpkins their customers can pick out of the patch themselves. Jaker’s has become a well-known attraction, drawing more than 50,000 visitors during October.
Jake, his wife Sara, and their four children reside in Mapleton.