November e.Moos
November '13
The Harvest Issue

Intern Spotlight:

Evan Conklin
Hometown: Boyne City, MI


As Hidden Villa's Journeyman, Evan has been managing our CSA and seasonal Farmer's Market.  He  previously worked on farms in Michigan and New York and came to California to experience farming in a different climate.  He values the  space Hidden Villa provides for young farmers to experiment with sustainable agriculture processes and techniques. He is now ready to manage his own farm!

Evan's favorite vegetable is kohlrabi!

Upcoming Public Programs

Guided Night Hike

Friday, November 1st
7:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Adults & Families, 6 & Up


 As daylight fades and the stars come out, join an experienced naturalist guide on a twilight tour of Hidden Villa after hours. Bring your nocturnal senses and a flashlight to experience wildlife come alive along our back country trails. There's nothing like the intimate feeling of darkness to bring you and your family closer than ever to your connection to the natural world!

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Holiday Floral Wreath Making

Saturday, November 16th
1:00 pm– 3:30 pm

Ages 14 & Up


Welcome in the holidays by creating your own beautiful wreath using dried flowers and vines from the Hidden Villa organic farm. Join our horticulturist and flower grower, Lanette Anderson, for this fun and festive afternoon as she guides you step by step to create your own one of a kind holiday wreath. Class fee includes all materials – everything and more to make a large and impressive wreath. (Lanette will also bring her own wreaths for purchase- a beautiful gift for someone you love… or perhaps yourself!) Space is limited to guarantee hands on assistance. Sign up soon – this is one of our most popular Fall classes. Check out Palo Alto Weekly's recent article about this great program!

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Did You Miss This Boisterous Bunch?

halloweenie 2Check out some tricks and treats from this past weekend's Halloween Haunts!

 See our calendar of events for more fun, hands-on programs!
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"Going Once, Going Twice!" 

The holidays are fast approaching and it's almost time to tackle your gift list for friends and loved ones. We've made it easy and fun for you to shop for the holidays and support Hidden Villa.

Holiday Online Auction
 Open for bidding December 1st-10th

If you’re eager to get a head start on your holiday shopping, check out our auction homepage; we will be updating the page weekly with new and exciting items so stay tuned!

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Interested in donating an item to our auction? In addition to supporting Hidden Villa, participating in the auction allows you to post a logo, a website link, and reach our online community of over 15,000 members.  To find out more, email

Making A Match

GOAL 4 A big thank you to the Morgan Family Foundation and our community of thoughtful friends who contributed to our fall match. With your help, we have reached our goal of $60,000!

Hidden Villa's programs, scholarship opportunities and partnerships are made possible by the generosity of our community and now is still a meaningful time to leverage your impact.


Today's Learner, Tomorrow's Leader

Summit High School student, Laurel Naylor, participated in her school's Intersession program that brought her and eleven classmates to Hidden Villa for two months.  She and her classmates worked with Youth Development, Animal Husbandry and the CSA Crew to gain exposure to organic farming, sustainability, food and social justice issues.

Her experiences at Hidden Villa inspired her to improve her family's health by thinking critically about the source of their food and making more sustainable choices.  “I want my family to know where their food comes from and how it was taken care of.”

Laurel credits Hidden Villa for enriching her knowledge of food and farming and her experience allowed her to become more aware of the complex issues that surround our country’s food system.   Her hands on experiences at Hidden Villa has inspired her to study political science and agriculture in order to improve farming practices within the U.S.

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Laurel (far left) and fellow classmate hang with Hidden Villa's goats.

A CSA Crew Original:
Swiss Chard Stuffed Acorn Squash

(with a garlic cream sauce!)

classic_baked_acorn_squash 6Ingredients:

1 Acorn Squash
1 Bunch Swiss Chard
4 cloves Garlic
¾ Cup Milk

2 Oz Feta Cheese

1.  Preheat oven to 400ºF. 
2.  Cut acorn squash in half, removing any seeds and pulp. Place cut side down on oiled baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until fork tender. 
3. Peel garlic and add to oven for 10 minutes while squash continues to roast.
4. Remove garlic and in a small mixing bowl, puree with milk and feta cheese, adding salt to taste. 
5. Coarsely chop chard and sauté with olive oil over high heat until wilty (stems are okay to use, add 2 or 3 minutes before leaves).

6. When squash is done, stuff with sautéed chard and drizzle with garlic cream sauce.  Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes, remove and enjoy!

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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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Tel: (650) 949-8650
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Kristen Powell, Sofia Pablo-Hoshino, Maggie Shields, Susan Love & The CSA Crew

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

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