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Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County – Spring Garden Market

Join the Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County for their annual Spring Plant Sale.  Lots of seedlings will be available for purchase for your spring garden.

The Spring Garden Market is their annual spring extravaganza that you do not want to miss!  It’s a huge plant sale with educational talks and information tables.

The Herbal Highway – Radio Show and Online

94.1 FM – www.kpfa.org/program/the-herbal-highway , Now On Tuesdays at 1:00 PM

The Herbal Highway enhances the community’s knowledge of herbal medicine and alternative choices to standard medical practices for healing. In order to have balanced life, The Herbal Highway actively supports and promotes Indigenous land rights, protection of sacred sites and the sustainability of the
Earth as integral parts of individual, community and global healing.
Hosted and produced by Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes.

Fall Garden Market – UC Master Gardeners

The UC Master Gardener Fall Garden Market plant sale offers a bounty of winter vegetable and flower seedlings plus beautiful low-water succulents. They all thrive in our cool winter conditions and will keep your garden producing year round. Come get inspired! Arrive early for best selection.

UC Master Gardeners will be hosting educational talks, children’s activities, a Green Elephant sale, and an “Ask a Master Gardener” booth where you can ask questions and bring in samples for diagnosis.

Food Worth Celebrating

Join Hidden Villa as we learn from and honor the people and processes contributing to a more resilient, just, and thriving regional food system. This year’s event will take attendees on an experiential journey through the principles of regenerative agriculture and its impact on our environmental and social landscape:

  • Sip handcrafted cocktails from Shoots & Roots Bitters while unpacking soil health in our Educational Garden and Greenhouse Field
  • Investigate the intersections of animal welfare and ecological resilience in our pasture with Hidden Villa’s animal husbandry team and other partner farmers
  • Savor the outcome of a life well-lived with a selection of local cheeses and wines courtesy of Whole Foods
  • Uncover the links between strong, diverse communities and healthy, diversified agriculture with Marsha Habib of Oya Organics, and learn about what it means to cultivate an equitable and inclusive food system
  • Test out our tomatoes, enjoy live music from Handsome Hound over a spot of locally made ice cream, and get your hands on unique Hidden Villa goods at our silent auction
  • Digest it all over a feast of roasted Hidden Villa chicken and pork loin, vegetarian-friendly portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese and fresh herbs, seasonal vegetables, and summer tomato salad served up by Roadside Rotisserie

There is room for everyone at the table, including the littlest eaters among us! Kid-friendly activities and farm animal visits will run throughout the evening

Come taste Hidden Villa’s mission to inspire a more just and sustainable future!

* We have so many great things happening during the evening, we extended the program to ensure folks have time to enjoy it all!

The Reducetarian Summit

The summit will take place over three days in Washington D.C. at The Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel. The goal of the Reducetarian Summit is to bring together people and perspectives from all corners of the world to explore strategies and tactics for reducing societal consumption of animal products and ending factory farming. In addition to several moderated panels, lightning talks, and fireside chats, a greater emphasis will be placed on skills building workshops and curated networking opportunities. The Reducetarian Summit also features a full expo showcasing delicious plant-based food. The Reducetarian Summit is designed to complement the The Reducetarian Cookbook (Hachette Book Group) The Reducetarian Solution (Penguin Random House).

This two-day conference will bring over 500 participants from various industries including tech entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, journalists, environmentalists, CEOs, animal advocates, nutritionists, effective altruists, academics, students, and non-profit executives to engage with nearly 100 speakers, panelists, and exhibitors.

Vegetarian Educational Institute – Summer Retreat

Our 4th annual Summer Retreat takes place at beautiful Camp Sylvester near Pinecrest Lake in the mountains of Central California. Continuing the tradition of the French Meadows Macrobiotic Summer Camp for the 50th year in a row.

Nestled between Pinecrest Lake and the slopes of Dodge Ridge ski resort, Camp Sylvester is an ideal setting for family vacations. With updated cabins and recreation halls sprawling over nearly ten acres of the Stanislaus National Forest. Camp Sylvester provides the fresh air, green pines and excitement of an outdoor adventure with all of the comforts of a rustic resort.

The picturesque, natural surroundings are an ideal setting to go “on retreat” and provide a unique environment in which to relax, study, and play.

Seasonal Eating to Thrive Retreat – How to Cook for Spring

The four seasons provide a natural rhythm to keep us in optimal health. Traditionally, each season brings new foods to the table. Eating seasonally supports health and wellness by helping our bodies adjust to the weather, our energy and activity levels, and more.

Spring is the season of new life. Come Spring, we get restless for change, for cleansing and newness, for the sun and renewed energy, for recommitting to our dreams. Nature gives us what we need to support this mood. A growing garden, green Spring vegetables, fresh eggs, and the sun feeds our body, energy, and mind.

If you need to change your diet or learn more cooking skills for health reasons, weight issues, can’t-get-dinner-on-the-table issues, or just because you love to learn, this weekend is for you!

Pathways to Farm Ownership – Webinar

Join the CCOF Foundation, California FarmLink, and the National Young Farmers Coalition for a webinar that will guide you through the key steps in negotiating and composing a lease that has a built-in pathway to ownership. 
Every farmer hopes to own their own property. But with high startup costs and sky-high land prices in places like California, it often doesn’t make sense to purchase property before starting your farm business. Learn about different types of lease structures, clauses, tactics that can lead to farm ownership, and how to position yourself financially to be able to execute a purchase option.
By 2030, more than two-thirds of all private agricultural land in the United States is expected to change hands. Additionally, over the past decade, the average cost of farmland has doubled, and land prices continue to climb. Unless you stand to gain farmland the old fashioned way—inheritance—new and scaling farmers need “out-of-the-box” strategies to stand up against the tide of U.S. farmland transition.
This webinar will provide ideas on choosing a land tenure method that’s right for your growing organic farming business, and how to best position yourself to consider a possible farmland purchase in the future, including financial planning through the National Young Farmer Coalition’s Finding Farmland Calculator tool.

Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food

Join organic farmer Bob Quinn and Stanford Lecturer Liz Carlisle for highlights from their new book, Grain by Grain.  Drawing on Bob’s 30-year journey in regenerative organic agriculture and renewable energy, they will discuss how transformation of regional food systems can drive big changes over time: creating good green jobs that rebuild rural communities, while providing healthier food and better environmental stewardship.  Along the way, they’ll shed some light on the recent epidemic of gluten sensitivity, and offer some suggestions for how to restore a healthy relationship with wheat. Organic snacks will be served, including samples of kamut-based products. Books will be available for purchase.

Hidden Villa Homesteading Day

Join us as we celebrate the practice of sustainability and self-reliance through home-scale agriculture and the cultivation of culinary and craft skills! Hear from local experts and passionate enthusiasts and learn to use natural resources in your community. With demonstrations and conversations in sheep-shearing, fiber arts, food preservation, backyard chicken care, composting, fruit tree pruning and so much more, you are guaranteed to leave with knowledge and inspiration!

Note – this is a ticketed event and may sell out.  Tickets are sold for the Morning Session, Afternoon Session, or Both.