MOXEE — Supporters of a living history ranch focused on farming in the area before the Great Depression are having a volunteer information and orientation Saturday.

The gathering centered on the nonprofit Gendron Ranch Living History Museum is open to the public. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Moxee City Hall meeting room, 255 W. Seattle Ave.

It will offer information to those interested in volunteering or helping with the museum at 6702 Bell Road, Yakima, which is set to begin hosting public events next year and school visits in 2021.

Founding board members began meeting in June 2013 and registered the ranch as a nonprofit in 2018.

The O.J. Gendron Hop Ranch is a 2-acre parcel surrounded by hops on three sides, notes information on the nonprofit’s Facebook page. Hops have been farmed continuously since the late 1890s on most of the land in the area.

Its founders and owners, Terri and Kevin Towner, are working to create a living history site that portrays the era before the Great Depression. As accurately as possible, they want to preserve the history of the site along with farm life and hop farming of the late teens to early 1920s.

The ranch will offer hands-on opportunities at a family oriented site with live animals. For more information, call 509-494-9223.

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