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...
Apr 24, 2014

High School Aged Youth Learn to Farm

Rinsing Carrots for Shareboxes
Rinsing Carrots for Shareboxes

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

This is a proverb perfectly mirrors the experience that high-school aged youth get when they participate in Hidden Villa’s summer camp program, Farm Academy. This 3 or 6 week apprenticeship combines field-based instruction with hands-on experience in sustainable organic farming. Working alongside the Hidden Villa agriculture team participants are exposed to progressive food production practices and philosophies. They learn about irrigation techniques, the science of soil, pest, and disease management, as well as environmental and social issues in agriculture.

“In school we learn biology, physics, chemistry, but not much about agriculture. At Farm Academy we’re learning where our food comes from, which is important because everyone has to eat. You can go to school all your life without knowing where your meat or vegetables come from. We see how much work it takes and understand why there are people that are standing up for farmworker rights.” – 2013 Farm Academy Participant.

Gaining the skills and experience in farming techniques is an important aspect to Farm Academy, but equally important is recognizing the way that food brings us together. Participants harvest and cook for a weekly potluck, bringing together volunteers, staff, and community members. They prepare and harvest for weekly Community Supported Agriculture shareboxes, donations to the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, and for the Los Altos Farmer’s Market. Farm Academy participants see the full cycle of the season from farm, to market and table.

We are excited for our upcoming Farm Academy and feel privileged to be teaching young people to grow food, for themselves and others for a lifetime.

Helping at Farmer
Helping at Farmer's Market with Farm Interns

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Apr 7, 2014

Spring is in the Air

Roxy, Agriculture Intern, Tills In Cover Crops
Roxy, Agriculture Intern, Tills In Cover Crops

We are gearing up for our growing season here at Hidden Villa and are excited to continue our partnership with the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, providing them with consistent deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the summer months. In a November 2013 Los Altos Town Crier article, a CSA of Mountain View client said, "Food is very expensive, so the healthful food that they provide is something I appreciate a lot. It’s really helpful – vegetables, rice, beans, things like that,” he said. “It’s the vegetables I value most.” We are proud to continue this partnership and provide healthy, local, fresh food to our neighbors in the community.

As many of you are aware we are experience a very serious drought throughout California. At Hidden Villa our farm operation uses a shallow well for all of our agricultural water supply. This year we have received 12.5 inches of rain, counting the rain that fell just hours ago. We're hoping that the rain continues to strengthen up our cover crops, an important aspect of organic farming that helps replenish the soil with sufficient amounts of nitrogen. As we continue to prepare for this coming season we see this as an opportunity for you to join us and the Community Services Agency of Mountain View in weathering this drought, together.

We are incredibly grateful for your support and hope that you will rally with us and our farm!

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Feb 10, 2014

Preparing for a New Season

Youth Interacting with Hidden Villa Chickens
Youth Interacting with Hidden Villa Chickens

The Youth Development department at Hidden Villa kicked off the year with a bang. We hosted our first ever Volunteer Training where seven volunteers joined us to learn about how they can be supportive chaperones, especially for our multi-day retreats. We’ve also been busy attending conferences and workshops, gaining skills and perspective along the way. This work and preparation has paid off as we start a new season of learning and growing with Bay Area youth.

Most recently we visited a Redwood City high school to meet the students from an AP Biology class that will come for an environmental program at the beginning of February. We did a short program for four classes, one after the other. The students seemed to deeply enjoy meeting some of our hens and participating in one of our environmental activities. When students saw an egg in the chickens’ cage, one asked me, “Is it alive?” We talked about that as a class.

Taking the class outside, Jay led an activity in which students simulated the process for retrieving water from their original sources. One group transported water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to a Bay Area tap. The other groups, the Southern Sierras and the Colorado River, delivered water to Los Angeles. “That was fun!” they said at the end of the activity. We talked about water as a precious resource and all of the work that goes into transferring it from the source to our homes. We are looking forward to seeing these students soon to explore water and land as resources with them while we have some fun.

If you’d like more updates on Youth Development at Hidden Villa check out our blog where we’ll be posting information about programs and impactful experiences.

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