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...
Jan 25, 2014

New Summer Camp Programs for Kids and Teens!

Friendship, Respect for Nature, and Fun!
Friendship, Respect for Nature, and Fun!

Summer Camp registration began last week, which means we’re gearing up for our 69th year of Hidden Villa summer camps. Each summer, campers of diverse ethnicities, economic status, religions, and family structures come together to enjoy a wide range of exciting activities, farm life and wilderness exploration. In the midst of song-singing and game-playing, something profound takes place at camp. Young people learn what it means to live in community. They develop greater multicultural understanding and appreciation, resolve conflicts peacefully, cultivate independence, and overcome personal challenges. Lifelong friendships begin here, and campers take with them a new sense of awe for natural beauty.

This year we are excited to offer a wider variety of camp options for young people. Kinder Camp, offered for children ages 4-5, will explore and discover Hidden Villa’s farm and surrounding natural beauty. From the garden to the barn, from the pasture to the kitchen, campers will play and learn in a small group setting. This is a great, hands-on learning opportunity for the young and curious.

Another new offering for summer 2014 is our Sierra Backpacking Trip. During this trip backpackers will join the Alpines of the Americas Project to hike in Yosemite National Park. After spending the first two days at Hidden Villa, the group will spend 15 days exploring San Francisco’s water source; starting at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, hiking into Tuolumne Meadows, and ending in Yosemite Valley! Along the way the group will transform into citizen scientists to recreate historic photos, volunteer with the National Park Service, and return to the farm with memories that last a lifetime.

We are excited to meet our campers this summer, new and old, who will be stewards of our natural environment and help us create a just and sustainable future.

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Jan 6, 2014

A Year of Bounty for Healthy Food, Healthy Families

Fresh Veggies
Fresh Veggies

Thanks to generous community supporters like you, the Healthy Food, Healthy Families Program was able to complete another successful year in providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the 4,800 clients of the Community Services Agency located in Mountain View.  The Community Services Agency serves low-income residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View and 50% of the programs' participants are children and adolescents under the age of 17 or seniors over the age of 65.

This year, Hidden Villa was able to provide 34,716 servings of these fresh fruits and vegetables to the CSA who serves over a ton of food (literally!) each day to it's members, five days a week. 

“It's good that we can give our clients something really special to bring home with them. Sometimes we run low with fresh vegetables and Hidden Villa helps us a lot to provide that for our clients.” -LaDrea Clark, Food & Nutrition Assistant at the CSA of Mountain View

Funding Healthy Food, Healthy Families enables Hidden Villa to grow high quality, fresh organic produce for distribution at the CSA of Mountain View’s Food and Nutrition Center, which is delivered twice weekly throughout the growing season of May to November each year. 

Thanks to you, we are able to make fresh food a reality for so many folks in our community.

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Nov 11, 2013

Exploring Food Justice

Reconnecting to our Food
Reconnecting to our Food

Monday classes are a vital part of the Hidden Villa residential intern program. These day-long classes better inform us about the many facets our work at Hidden Villa and the ways we are helping to create a more just and sustainable future. Two of our recent classes focused on organic farming practices and social justice. They challenged me to think about the ways in which our work connects to larger food systems and the ways that food justice sits at an intersection with an understanding of social justice.

 

Additionally, I was able to attend a food justice panel in San Jose that highlighted organizations and leaders in the food justice and food access movement. These leaders are helping teach local residents how to plant home gardens, supporting farmers, teaching agriculture and food justice courses at the university and overseeing a community garden initiative. The conversation ranged from culturally preferred foods to food hubs as an alternative access point, from the price of food to community-building through food education. This conversation directly connected to the Monday classes that I’d experienced at Hidden Villa.

 

As I listened to these participants speak. I reflected on my location in the food system.  My time at Hidden Villa has given me the opportunity to reconnect to food as something that is a part of our ecosystem, our environment, and not just something that is consumed. I am learning the ways in which local, organic, sustainable food plays into food justice. At Hidden Villa food justice means supporting neighboring farmers make a living wage, eating foods that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides, supporting farmers that use farming practices that nurture the earth and soil by using crop rotation, attracting helpful pests and repelling harmful pests, growing crop covers to regenerate the top soil, and being conscious of water consumption.

 

I’m so proud to say that I work here at Hidden Villa and that we are participating in the food system and addressing food justice, if only in our particular way; producing food and asking young people to consider the choices that they make and the ways in which these choices affect our future, our bodies, our minds, our environment, and our communities. Hopefully in having such conversations it allows us all to start to reformulate our values or beliefs in order to change our actions, recognizing that change in the food system first starts with our understanding and connection to the food we eat.

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