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 im...
Apr 29, 2016

Connecting to our Community through Food

LaDrea, in the far corner, talks to HV interns
LaDrea, in the far corner, talks to HV interns

The goal of the Hidden Villa Internship Program is to support participants grow as sustainable farmers, thoughtful educators, and non-profit leaders through hands-on job training and support leading to future job placement. Every year we take our 14 interns to visit some of our partner organizations that help us accomplish our organizational mission of inspiring a just and sustainable future.

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of visiting the Community Services Agency of Mountain View's Nutritional Center where Hidden Villa donates 25% of our seasonal harvest. It was an amazing opportunity for interns to see where the food that we harvest is going and what the Nutrition Center looks like. LaDrea, the Center Manager, took us on a tour of the facilities and then we watched as clients poured in to the small aisles of fresh produce, canned goods, and even a small dessert shelf. 

Here is a message we got from LaDrea after our visit: "It was great to have you all here. It is awesome that you took the time out to find out more about our organization and what some of our other needs may be. You are a great partner whom I truly value. Thank you for being a part of CSA and helping us push for healthy eating. Looking forward to our continued partnership. See you soon."

It was lovely to connect with LaDrea and the Clients at the CSA of Mountain View. We look forward to many more years of this partnership and are grateful that you help us continue this long-lasting collaboration to.

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Mar 8, 2016

Spring will Bring New Programs for our Youth

Environmental Science in the Creek
Environmental Science in the Creek

Our Youth Development Department has been hard at work this year creating new and different program offersing that will help us achieve our mission of inspiring a just and sustainable futre.

Most recently, they completed a 5 day overnight experience with Bay Area youth, introducing them to the farm animals, wilderness and the 8 acres of agriculutural production. Today, they are out on the farm with forty 6th graders, enjoying this beautiful sunny day after a weekend of even more beautiful rain. 

These youth programming opportunities are powerful. They introduce young people to where their food may coem from and what role these youth can play in our food system. Our educators build trust with the youth and among the youth, creating stronger teams for when they go back to their communities and schools. These programs show the youth that they have the agency to be the change makers that we need today and in the future. 

Go ahead and check out some of our new Youth Development Programs here.

Thank you for believing in this work and the change making youth and we get to work with. 

Team building at it
Team building at it's finest
Jan 15, 2016

Happy New Year!

Freshly harvested squash!
Freshly harvested squash!

This year Hidden Villa provided 6,045 pounds of vegetables to our neighbors at the CSA of Mountain View. A serving of vegetables is approximately 4 oz. (depending on the type of vegetable), and we grew 24,190 servings of vegetables exclusively for the clients at CSA of Mountain View.

 The Food and Nutrition Center at the CSA of Mountain View served 2,248 individuals during fiscal year 2015. 100% of the clients served through this program are low-income. 56% of those served are children under the age of 18 and seniors over the age of 65. Some of the clients shared how pleased they were with this partnership:

 “It makes us appreciate more that what we are getting is really organic and that is really rewarding.”

“It’s good to know that there is a Hidden Villa that preserves the natural cycle of food production. Two thumbs up.”

Our biggest challenge this year was facing the California drought and all of the changes in our agricultural production. We installed various water catchment systems and have found ways to slow and sink rainfall into our aquifer. We have already received over 6 inches of rain this winter and are hopeful that we will have a wet season this year in order to prepare us for next year’s growing season.

We are excited to install a new deer fence around our farm operation. Our current deer fence has various holes and has become easier to bypass. This year fruit trees were under particular pressure from deer, decreasing the fruit output we were able to donate to the CSA of Mountain View. This new, more reinforced deer fence will help us to ensure that deer are not able to access the harvest, most likely increasing the fruits we can offer to clients of the CSA of Mountain View.

Our partnership with the Community Services Agency of Mountain View is such a rewarding collaboration and we are so appreciative of your support, helping us make fresh fruits and vegetables more available to folks in our community. Happy 2016!

 
   

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