TOLEDO, August 26, 2023: Toledo GROWs dedicated a mural in memory of Horace Huse, longtime volunteer beekeeper. Apprentices with The Arts Commission’s Young Artists at Work program created and painted the mural at Toledo GROWs’ urban farm, 900 Oneida Street, Toledo, as a way to remember the beloved Horace.
Horace Huse, a retired pastor and hospital chaplain, served as volunteer beekeeper at Toledo GROWs from 2010 until 2022. He learned about beekeeping growing up in California and tended bees at various times throughout his life. Horace was a mentor to many budding beekeepers, including the two who succeed him in the role at Toledo GROWs. Horace passed away in October 2022 at the age of 94.
Toledo GROWs partnered with the Young Artists at Work Program this summer to create a mural that serves as a tribute to Horace’s life and the role he played in educating others about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators. Many of the apprentice artists who worked throughout the month of July to complete the mural will be present at the dedication to discuss their work.
“Horace will long be remembered by many in this community as a man of deep faith, an advocate for social justice, and a champion of environmental issues,” said Yvonne Dubielak, Executive Director of Toledo GROWs. “This mural will serve as a reminder of Horace and his work, as well as provide an opportunity for all of us at Toledo GROWs to continue to tell his story.”
About Toledo GROWs
Toledo GROWs, a regional leader in urban agriculture, has a network of growers from 120+ community gardens. The gardens provide healthy food for local residents and beautify neighborhoods. People of all ages come to Toledo GROWs’ 2 ½ acre urban farm to participate in hands-on education and volunteer opportunities. Online at www.toledogrows.org.