CLOVERDALE – As leaves change colour and the smell of firewood lingers in the air, Bose Farm will open its doors to the public on Saturday, Oct. 11 during a second annual fall harvest celebration in Cloverdale.Located at 16390 64 Ave., the site was established in 1892 and was farmed until 2009. Today, it has become one of Surrey’s largest conservation projects in recent history. Three buildings are in the process of being restored – the family home, the potato barn and the milk parlour. The company building the adjacent 253 condo units, RDG Ridge Development Ltd., claims The Ridge at Bose Farms is selling at a pace three to four times faster than other developments."It’s really about country living and farm life," said Roger, grandson of founder Henry Bose.The plan is to construct four condo buildings over eight acres of land. A set of single-family homes to the east of the complex is also on the drawing board, but with the promise to protect 12 acres of forest.The family home will be used as guest suites, while the potato barn will be a communal amenity centre for residents. The milk parlour will serve as a tool shed for the community garden.The story of the Bose family emigrating from England to British Columbia is one Surrey resident Susan Boyce is very familiar with.Author of The Ridge at Bose Farm, Boyce plans to read a few colourful excerpts at the fall harvest.The book came about after what Boyce called a "serendipitous" meeting at last year’s inaugural festival.At the peak of production, there were 75 milking cows and the farm produced 1,000 tons of potatoes, hay and grain.Barn doors will be open between 12 and 4 p.m. this Saturday.There will be music and food. Admission is free.Other attractions at the harvest festival include sidewalk sales, farmers’ markets and vendor booths.For more information about the Bose family history, visit surreyhistory. ca/bosefarm.html.tverenca@gmail.com

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