Hidden Villa

Hidden Villa's mission is to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy. As part of Hidden Villa's commitment to social justice, we provide over $350,000 on scholarship and partnership support. Guiding Principles We deliver a wide variety of relevant educational experiences that teach respect for the environment and for each other. We encourage program participation from diverse communities. We engage diverse voices of the community in the design, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of programs and services. We build alliances, internally and externally, between people, programs, and diverse communities to optimize resources and deepen our impact. W...
May 11, 2015

Youth Become Farmers at Hidden Villa

Lessons in our Outdoor Classroom
Lessons in our Outdoor Classroom

Each summer our Youth Development team takes some time to work with youth in our community who are interested in becoming farmers for the season. These youth take on the responsbilities of our farm crew, learning about the stages of vegetable, fruit, and flower production. They learn various techniques of soil augmentation, irrigation, planting, training plant growth, pest management, harvesting and culinary preparations during morning crew work and afternoon experiential workshops. This opportunity is especially valuable as it gives young people the opportunity to learn where their food comes from and builds on the empowerment that comes from raising food, cooking it, and nourishing themselves and the people that they love. 

Some of these young people go on to work in urban or home gardens, some continue on to study earth science or biology in college, and some simply return back to school in the fall with a greater appreciation for food, farmers, farm laborers, and our natural environment. Each of these paths is different, yet important for our future generations to hold on to the knowledge of the richness of our culinary palates. 

Thank you for supporting our work to engage youth in our farm and wilderness space!

Check out this blog with updates from our program last year :https://hvfarmacademy.wordpress.com. There are still spaces availiable in this program and if you would like more information, email apprentice@hiddenvilla.org. 

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Apr 6, 2015

Hungry for Good Food and Connection

Ali, Hidden Villa Journeyman
Ali, Hidden Villa Journeyman

When are tomatoes tastiest? What is rhubarb season? Who grows my cucumbers? We are hungry, and not only for nutritious, affordable, ethically-grown foods. We crave connection to the natural rhythms and hardworking humans that bring these foods to our tables. Eating with the seasons—whether through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a local farmers’ market, or even the CSA of Mountain View—provides an intimate connection to nature’s rhythms and a deeper appreciation of the true value of our food.

As organic farmers, the Hidden Villa CSA crew is reminded every day of our connection to, and dependence upon, the cycles of nature. Even though we farmers know to expect them, we’re awed every year by the subtle signs that mark the changing light and the coming of a new season. As winter draws to a close, we celebrate the budding of the plum trees, knowing that the rest of our orchard will soon follow. We rejoice in the first transplanting of zinnias and sunflowers knowing that we will soon be surrounded by their beauty. We delight in the tiny tomato plants emerging in our greenhouse, our imagination drifting to summer fruit fresh from the vine.  

Seasonal eating and flower appreciation is a practice in enjoying the precious uniqueness of food and blooms in their proper place and time. It provides us with the joyful challenge of stretching our palates to accommodate what is growing here and now. It rewards us with an ever-changing menu to hold our interest. In a practical sense, eating with the seasons is also more flavorful because crops are harvested at the peak of ripeness, more affordable because prices are lowest at the height of each crop’s season, more nutritious because crops are more full of nutrients at the peak of freshness, and better for the environment because crops don’t need to travel across oceans or continents to get to your plate. Whether you’re a foodie philosopher or a culinary pragmatist, eating seasonally will repay your efforts with an undeniable richness of flavors and connections.

Thank you for helping us provide others in our community with seasonal, healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. We are proud to partner with the CSA of Mountain View and supporters like you in making good food and connection a priority in our work, 

Happy eating!



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Jan 30, 2015

Connect with us in Other Ways

Sierra Backpacking Program
Sierra Backpacking Program

We wanted to thank you all for your support of our project to Empower 400 Youth to Make a More Peaceful Tomorrow. We've reached our goal and are happy to deactivate this project from Global Giving. If you would like to continue giving through Global Giving, we are amazingly grateful. There are two other Hidden Villa projects that you can support. Luckily, there are so many other wonderful ways that you can stay involved in Hidden Villa and our programs. We'd love to see you on the farm or check out our website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Thanks again for all of the great support!

Art at Hidden Villa Summer Camp
Art at Hidden Villa Summer Camp
Campers Caring for the Animals
Campers Caring for the Animals

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