April '14
The Adaptability Issue

Upcoming Public Programs

Home Farm Workshop:
Growing a Cut Flower Garden

Saturday, April 26th
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Join Lanette Anderson, Hidden Villa's flower farmer, for a day of all things flowers.  Gain skills and knowledge about which locally adapted flower varieties are the most beautiful, easiest to grow and longest lasting. Learn which flowers keep in arrangements, how to harvest for continual blooms, basic bouquet making skills and how to keep your flowering plants happy and healthy for the whole season using organic techniques. Your registration fee includes an organic farm-fresh lunch and snacks. Join in the beauty and fun!

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 See our calendar of events for more fun, hands-on programs!

Intern Spotlight

Roxy Darrow
Hometown: Highland, CA


Roxy, one of Hidden Villa's Agriculture interns just finishing the program, sought a place that would foster future farmers, something she found at Hidden Villa. Roxy has most enjoyed the hands-on learning in a small team, alongside new and seasoned farmers. This past year you might have seen her doing tractor work (check out the picture below), laying out irrigation tubes, or weeding and harvesting throughout the farm. Roxy's plan is to do agriculture policy work in California.

Roxy's favorite: Watermelon!  


Hidden Villa's Environmental Education Program is Seeking:

1)  Cooking Items - pots, pans, cookie sheets, knives, spoons, cutting boards, measuring cups and spoons, platters, pitchers, large spoons and large bowls

2)  Dish and bath towels

3)  Wire clothes hangers

4)  Buckets, tarps, hand tools, nails, screws and other repair items

5)  Garden tools and equipment

6)  Field guides to local flora and fauna

7)  Spice jars

8)  Reusable water bottles

If you have any of these items or want to check if your items match our needs, please contact Nicholette Heaphy at nheaphy@hiddenvilla.org.

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Connect with Us!

Tel: (650) 949-8650
Email: info@hiddenvilla.org
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

CSA Shares Open Today!


Registration for the 2014 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) season opens today! If you've been eagerly waiting for the chance to receive Hidden Villa's weekly baskets of fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and eggs here is your chance. Community Supported Agriculture has proven itself an invaluable model for both farmers and the communities they feed. The community has access to seasonal food from a local farm, and farmers receive investment in their farm and keep local, sustainable agriculture alive in the community. It is a simple idea, but its impact is profound.

As many of you are aware we are experiencing a very serious drought throughout California. Hidden Villa has received only half of our average seasonal rainfall. Today, stand with our farm crew and Hidden Villa as we weather the drought. Community Supported Agriculture is all about sharing in both the bounty and scarcity of any given season - the members and the farmers are in it together!

And speaking of scarcity, we're responding to the drought by reducing our CSA season's capacity to 100 shares. To secure your share in the 2014 CSA, please register today!



Duveneck Forum 2014

Join us for a panel discussion on real solutions for re-localizing agriculture and making healthier food available to all through garden based education, nutrition education,
and organic farmer training.

April 12, 2014
RSVP Required - Free


Featuring Panelists:
Christopher Gardner, Professor of Nutrition Research at Stanford; Cathrine Sneed, Founder of The Garden Project;
Robin Galas, Assistant Director of the Family Engagement Institute; Jason McKenney, Hidden Villa’s Agricultural Manager​

Feed Our Animals!

Hidden Villa is proud to provide over 55,000 people each year with hands-on opportunities to interact with our farm animals. Our accessible farm includes humanely-raised sheep, cows, chickens, pigs and goats who effectively help youth learn about empathy, caretaking, respect, and their connection food and other animal products. This year, due to the severe drought, our farm animals will have less grass to graze and we will need to supplement their food more than ever before. In order to be the water stewards we want to be and maintain healthy and happy animals, please consider making a donation online.
Each dollar we raise
up to $10,000 will be matched by a
generous foundation
to support
Hidden Villa's feed for our animals!

For those of you interested in being an Animal Champion, sign up here to create your own personal fundraising page and connect with friends and family to raise money for our farm animals at Hidden Villa.
Dash through Hidden Villa
Trails and History for
Summer Camp Scholarships

For the first time in Hidden Villa history, we invite you to partake in the Duveneck Dash! This event is our first educational run/walk fundraiser that provides interactive experiences for all ages! The Duveneck Dash will raise money for Hidden Villa Summer Camp scholarships.

Questions? Email Jay Davis, Camp Program Manager
FINAL Duveneck Dash flier

Questions, comments or ideas for what
you'd like to see in the e.Moos?!

We'd love to hear from you!
Share your feedback with development@hiddenvilla.org.

Hidden Villa was originally the home of Frank and Josephine Duveneck and their family, who over the years made the ranch into a place for environmental discovery, social awareness, and community involvement. Today, Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

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Maggie Shields, Susan Love, Blair Thompson, and
Sofia Pablo-Hoshino

Photo credits:
Laurie Aubuchon, Joel Bartlett, Roxy Darrow, Dan Quinn, and
Lucy Zhang.

Thank you to each and every one of you who help pave the way towards a more just and sustainable future!


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Hidden Villa
26870 Moody Rd
Los Altos Hills, California 94022