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...
Aug 11, 2015

Hidden Villa and Downtown College Prep

DCP students visit with Vida the cow
DCP students visit with Vida the cow

The GROW Youth Leadership Program is a partnership Hidden Villa has established with Downtown College Prep (DCP), located in Alum Rock, San Jose where students are 98% Latino and 90% low-income. 41% of parents have less than a high school education and 4% of parents have a college degree, while 95% of DCP students are matriculated in colleges around the country after graduation.

The goal of this partnership with DCP is to get youth out of their everyday life; having new experiences and building intergenerational community in a learning environment that promotes personal agency, social justice and environmental stewardship.

This past year, DCP students joined us at three different points, building team morale on the high and low ropes course, fostering compassion through farm and animal care, and increasing courage and confidence on day and night hikes. “I liked when we had our groups and worked together to feed the chickens and milk the cow.” Another student told us, “After Hidden Villa, I try more new things, even if I’m scared.” It is a success when students take risks, challenge themselves to try new experiences, and work collaboratively to achieve their goals. During the 2015-2016 school year we will continue and grow this program with both a Leadership and a Science overnight retreat.

Offering youth opportunities that buttress their academic knowledge with hands-on life experiences is crucial to their ability to be agents of change in our community. “Hidden Villa gave me the courage to come out of my comfort zone and taught me to try to be a leader. I now feel confident to help people and to encourage them when they aren’t having such a good day.” We are excited to partner with you to create experiences for our local youth that serve them as whole students, preparing them for their future and our shared future as a community.  

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Jul 8, 2015

Meet the Farmers

Jen shows off a Strawberry, while Ali harvests!
Jen shows off a Strawberry, while Ali harvests!

We enter into this season as a genuine family farm and want to introduce you to our team. Our Agriculture Manager, Jason, and Horiculturalist, Lanette, are joined this year by a passionate crew of future female farmers. Ali is our new journeyman farmer. Ali grew up in the East Bay and has honed an interest and experience in farming practice in Oregon. She worked for several years managing a farming and farm education program for participants at the Oregon Food Bank in Portland. Our first year interns are Jen and Elisa. Jen is originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota and has developed an interest in farming through her work at the student farm at Middlebury and in an Americorps position at the Urban Roots Garden Classroom in Reno, Nevada. Elisa is originally from Southern California and has developed an interest in farming while attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. She worked for several years on the organic farm at Cal Poly as well as experiences WWOOFing in Australia and working at Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport.

 The farm crew strives to provide our partners and neighbors at the CSA of Mountain View with diverse, colorful produce from week to week and throughout the season: red strawberries, beets, tomatoes, peppers, rhubarb, and watermelon; orange/yellow carrots, apricots, chard, sweet corn, and pumpkins; green tomatillos, zucchini, kale, and lettuce; purple eggplant, blackberries, and plums; white/brown potatoes, garlic, onions, leeks, and pears. And that’s the short list! This partnership allows us to offer some of our best produce to folks in our community that may be temporarily down on their luck and seeking ways to feed their family good, healthy food. We are proud of this partnership and enjoy watching it grow through the seasons!

Thank you for supporting this work and our new farm crew. Every Wednesday our farm crew hosts a volunteer opportunity from 9:30am-12:30pm with a community potluck to follow. Please come and join us if you have some time and want to meet the crew.

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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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