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The National Heirloom Expo

Over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed on-topic speakers. Join us in three unique speaker halls, all with their own format.  Choose from individual speakers, expert  panels, or in-depth roundtable discussions.


More details coming….

Cheesemaking Class at Shanti Farm

Did you know that you can make your own cheese at home? Well you can and it is surprisingly easy.

Join Slow Food Leader and Homesteader, Pam Carlton, for this fun, interactive class.  You will be making (and tasting) a simple chevre (soft goat cheese) and mozzarella.   You will go home with some cheese as well as the recipes so you can make these cheeses again at home!

This class is for ages 16 and up.  Limited to 6 participants so everyone gets a hands on experience.  A minimum of 4 participants is needed for the class to run.

Next class: June 15

Cow Spa Day at Hidden Villa

If you enjoy ice cream, steak, cheese, or even leather boots this is your chance to thank the cows for their gifts. We’ll be preparing an aromatic spa day for our eldest cow Hidden Villa, Cleo. First we’ll harvest fresh herbs from the garden, prepare a plant-based fly repel spray and then enter the cow pen with supplies to rub and pamper our dairy friend. Great for families of all ages comfortable around animals. (PS This is a rare opportunity to enter the cow pen!)

Martial Cottle Park Spring Celebration

Experience Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past, present and future, on land the Cottle family farmed for over 150 years. There will be children’s activities, local craft makers from San Jose Made, and food trucks. Meet the animals at the 4H parcel and visit the petting zoo.

The UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County will host gardening talks at the Master Gardener parcel. They will also have seedlings and succulents for sale. Come see their new educational pavilion and beautiful water-wise California Native Garden!

Goat Milk Soap Making with Slow Food Homesteader Pam Carlton

Did you know that you can make your own luxurious, nourishing soap at home? Well you can! Please join local homesteader, Pam Carlton for a fun, interactive class learning how to make your own goat milk soap.  You will take home two bars of soap following this hands on class.

Backyard and Pasture Poultry Workshop

Healthy Animals, Healthy People Workshop

Morning session: Backyard and Pasture Poultry
• Avian Health/Avian Diseases
• Avian Behavior & Welfare
• Egg Handling & Food Safety
• Disaster Preparedness: Evacuation or Shelter-in-Place

Lunch Break (Attendees for backyard poultry may leave at lunch)

Afternoon session: Pasture Poultry
• Antimicrobial Use and Regulations
• Pastured Poultry
• Pasture-based and Integrated Systems: Food Safety Risks
• Poultry Regulations
• Panel Discussion with Poultry Growers

Online registration required: http://ucanr.edu/poultrywrkshop

Women in the Outdoors Presentation

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and Sports Basement of Redwood City for an evening of inspiring presentations, snacks and delicious local beer from Blue Oak Brewing Company.

Presenting Luana España, Janel Healy, Cori Coccia and Sasha Cox as speakers at our Women in the Outdoors panel. They are excited to share their stories with you!


31st California Small Farm Conference


The 31st annual California Small Farm Conference where farmers, ranchers, local food advocates and farmers market managers gather each year to network, explore hot topics in sustainable agriculture, work to bridge field and fork, sharpen their skills, and give voice to those growing a more resilient food system from the soil up.

Small farms, big impact.

Little Pumpkin Party

Fall is so beautiful and full of smells and sights to discover with your little one. Come enjoy a low-key, old-fashioned pumpkin party with your family – pick out some pumpkins, watch us press sweet fresh apple cider, help us plump up our scarecrows with straw, and meet The Autumn Garden Fairy too. Stay and stroll the farm and say hello to the chickens, pigs and sheep. Enjoy a non-commercial and relaxing afternoon at the farm with your little pumpkin. Enrollment limited to 50 families – sign up early, thanks!

For families with very young children, ages 1 – 4.


Mystery Senses

FREE program, for all ages

Engage your senses in this fun activity for children to guess what farm and nature-based object lies within each mystery box. It might be a shiny object that grows on a tree, or something fluffy a farm animal! After the pop-up, you can use your freshly-inspired senses for a stroll around the farm or a hike in the forest. Join us at the Picnic Tables near the Education Garden.

No registration required. This program is covered by your entrance fee or Season Pass and will take place at the picnic tables near the Education Garden.