The Hinkle-Garton Farmstead: History Teaches Sustainability Lessons

In 2004, Daisy Garton, a long-time resident of Bloomington, donated her property to Bloomington Restoration, Inc. The farmstead, now on the National Register of Historic Places, covers over 11 acres, has two homes, four farm outbuildings, and a thriving organic garden and orchard. In addition to offering volunteers opportunities to understand the needs and participate in the care of an organic garden and orchard, they may assist in the harvesting and processing of maple syrup from the farmstead’s trees. Queen Anne HouseThe Queen Anne House The main house, a farmhouse in the Queen Anne style, was built in 1892 and is now a museum. The exterior is notable for its double porches, stone foundation, and stylized Queen Anne decorations. The farmhouse is an excellent space for small group meetings. With the renovated and fully updated kitchen, it is also ideal for event rental where food will be served.

Coming in contact, firsthand, with the various elements that have maintained the buildings and grounds of this farmstead for over 100 years is a rare opportunity. Family members and students of all ages can enjoy learning and practicing sustainability principles they may rarely experience in their modern lives.

Contact Michael Bell at for more information and to arrange an onsite orientation.

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Submitted by Rebecca Mahan