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April 2017
April 2017

Sat. 1 Apr, 2017

Morning Farm Tour (Sat. 1 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden! Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Garden Advisor (Sat. 1 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

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Have questions about growing veggies? Want to learn more about the herbs and vegetables and fruit in our lovely organic Educational Garden? Come talk with the Garden Advisor. This free program is covered by your entrance fee or Season Pass. Just come by the Garden and look for staff teacher Maggie :) 

Manure to Meadow to MMMMmmm! (Sat. 1 Apr, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

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For ages 5 and up.
Join your child in making homemade vanilla ice cream flavored with fresh fruits and herbs you pick from our beautiful garden. Meet our lovely dairy cow Vida up close and learn how she converts the work of worms into the main ingredient for our favorite treat!

Pricing:
  • 30.00 Adult and First Child
  • 15.00 Subsequent Person


We're sorry...there's no longer space in this program...please see if there are other dates open!

A Farm to Table Dinner (Sat. 1 Apr, 2017 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm)

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Hidden Villa invites you to a unique farm-to-table dining experience where you can enjoy organic food which was grown, prepared and consumed on-site.

Guests are invited to learn about the farm's rich history and mission, view food preparation, and gather around a dramatic pork roast while enjoying local wine.

Blair, the Animal Husbandry Manager, will be available to answer questions about how practices like animal pasture rotation and an organic diet help build a sustainable future. A sausage making class will be offered for those who want to learn how to make their own at home!

All proceeds from the event go to support sustainable food programs at Hidden Villa and will support our mission to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy.

This is an interactive food experience and a cocktail dinner. We want guests to get up close to the farm and our food. Weather permitting, the event will be held outdoors as follows:

Explore & Learn (3pm-4pm) - Guests are encouraged to walk the property, interact with our chefs and participate in a sausage making class. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Wine & Cheese (4pm-5pm) - Guests enjoy wine and cheese

Food Stations Open (5pm onwards) - Food stations will be open for casual dining

In the event of rain, the schedule may be adjusted and some events moved indoors.

Register now at: Farm to Table

Sun. 2 Apr, 2017

MORNING FARM TOUR! (Sun. 2 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Thank you for your support of the farm - all tours and program proceeds help us feed our farm and community!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow (Sun. 2 Apr, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


(Waitlist only)

Thu. 6 Apr, 2017

After-School Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship (Thu. 6 Apr, 2017 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

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For Ages 13-18

You are invited to train with Hidden Villa’s experienced farm crew to learn sustainable and humane techniques for raising chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, and jersey cows. After a comprehensive introduction to each of our production animals, apprentices will team up to master the care of their favorite animals. All sessions meet on Thursdays from 4-6pm.

Session 1: September 8 – October 13 (6 weeks)

Session 2: October 27 – December 8 (6 weeks)

Session 3: February 16 – March 23 (6 weeks)

Session 4: April 6 – May 11 (6 weeks)

 

$375 per session  (Scholarships Available)

Sign up NOW at:  Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship

Sat. 8 Apr, 2017

SHEEP SHEARING DAY (Sat. 8 Apr, 2017 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

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All ages welcome
Join us for Sheep Shearing Day...  Come see our sheep get their annual hair cut, and cheer hardworking herding dogs as they round up sheep. Learn how wool goes from shaggy sheep to beautiful sweaters at our demo booths, where you will get your hands into all kinds of cool wool activities. Craft and take home felted wood figurines, create some crazy yarn critters, and try out finger knitting. Watch and talk to artisans spin and weave. Special Little Lambs activity area designed for toddlers and preschoolers too. Note: this is an ongoing festival-type event, sheep shearing every hour, alternating with dog herding demo and all crafts and activities are continuous. Advance registration required ... this is our most popular Springtime event!

How to Register: Please signup below for either our Morning or Afternoon shearing times

~ Thanks for your support ~

SHEEP SHEARING - Morning (Sat. 8 Apr, 2017 9:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Please see full description, above.

Pricing:
  • 15.00 Person


SHEEP SHEARING - Afternoon (Sat. 8 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Please see full description, above.

Pricing:
  • 15.00 Person


Sun. 9 Apr, 2017

WILDFLOWER Hike - Free program (Sun. 9 Apr, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

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Ages 12 and up.
Free program. Learn to identify the beautiful Spring Wildflowers in our Hidden Villa woods with a qualified guide from the California Native Plant Society. Hike is uphill, moderate to strenuous. Pack snacks, water, lunch. Space limited -- register early!



We're sorry...there's no longer space in this program...please see if there are other dates open!

Woven Wonders! (Sun. 9 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 11:30 am)

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What better way to capture the beauty of Hidden Villa than by making art with the natural wonders around us?! Join us to make your very own woven creation with sticks, grasses, flowers, and other fun found objects from the farm. When you’re done, you’ll get to take your creation home! This program is covered by your entrance fee or season pass and will take place at the picnic tables near the Education Garden. 

 

 

Afternoon Cow Wow (Sun. 9 Apr, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Women's FULL MOON Circle (Sun. 9 Apr, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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Join us as we come together monthly as women to heal, rest, share, learn, replenish, be nourished and nurtured. We will gather to share wisdom and inspiration, to explore nurturing feminine energy and creativity. We will create a safe and warm space where we can share, learn, open and renew. Please bring a warm blanket, lots of layers of clothing for part of the evening we are outside, a journal, flashlight, and some homemade food to share. We will share a feast, fire ceremony (if it is not a spare the air day), sharing circle, healing rituals and ceremonies, sometimes dancing and lots more. Questions? Please contact Anya at (917) 204-2360 or Katherine Glasa at (408) 421-4117.

Facilitator Anya Tyutyunik is a nationally certified & California licensed acupuncturist, and a Masters' Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. She specializes in internal medicine, chronic diseases and women's health. www.anyaspractice.com

Facilitator Katherine Glasa is a Transformational Coach, Somatic & Breath Therapist, Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner and Earth-Honoring Minister. She empowers women to awaken their vibrant wellness, embody the wisdom of the natural world and transform painful stress into peaceful vitality. www.truevibrancy.com

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Fri. 14 Apr, 2017

Family and Friends Weekend at Hidden Villa Hostel! (Fri. 14 Apr, 2017 9:00 am - 9:00 pm)

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Come and join us for a very special two night stay in our hostel cabins, complete with catered meals. Experience the farm by day and starry skies by night. Check in begins at 4:00 on Friday April 14 with dinner awaiting you. Enjoy a Saturday morning continental breakfast, then participate in day programs, or just relax and explore the farm and trails on your own. Stop by back the hostel for a picnic lunch. A barbecue dinner will be served at 6:00, followed by a campfire and marshmallow toasting.

Pricing for the weekend, including lodging, meals and linens: $170.00 per adult; $75.00 per child under 16

For more information and to book your cabin now, contact hostel@hiddenvilla.org!

Sat. 15 Apr, 2017

MORNING FARM TOUR (Sat. 15 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

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Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Thank you for your support of the farm - all tours and program proceeds help us feed our farm and community!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR (Sat. 15 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

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All ages.
Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villas farm and educational garden. Under 2 years old, free of charge. 

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Future Farmers (Sat. 15 Apr, 2017 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

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Ages 7-11yrs
Does your child love animals? Now they can shadow our interns as they do their afternoon chores. They'll see first hand how we care for our wonderful Cows, Sheep, Goats, Chickens and Pigs. Sure to be an experience to remember! Participants should wear long pants and sturdy/closed-toed shoes. This is a kids-only class - no adult participation required.

Pricing:
  • 35.00 Person


Sun. 16 Apr, 2017

MORNING Farm Tour (Sun. 16 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

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Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden.

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


AFTERNOON FARM TOUR! (Sun. 16 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm)

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All ages. Taste a root, come face to snout with a pig, and discover the connections between sweaters and sheep on a guided tour of Hidden Villa's farm and educational garden.  Under 2 years old, free of charge.

Every time you participate in our tours and programs, you are directly helping steward this land and heritage farm for the community -- thank you!

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Afternoon Cow Wow (Sun. 16 Apr, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm)

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Ages 5 and up. Come help us milk Vida the Cow! Learn fun cow facts while you help feed and care for our dairy queen. In the milking parlor, you will work with a trained professional and practice proper hand milking techniques. Then we will measure how much milk is produced, then filter the milk and prepare it for storage. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Only paid registrants enter our very small milk house - this is a very hands-on experience!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


Wed. 19 Apr, 2017

Preschoolers on the Farm Series (Wed. 19 Apr, 2017 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

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Bury your hands in sheep wool, throw corn to the chickens, and more! There's lots to discover on the farm... we ask your child the questions and they discover the answers in this fun weekly class just for the preschool set. Offered rain or shine, so be prepared to get dirty! Space limited so please register early. This is a 3-Part Series Class for ages 3.5 to 5 and parents/caregivers. NOTE: No charge for siblings under 18 months old.

Pricing:
  • 65.00 Adult and First Child
  • 30.00 Subsequent Person


Sat. 22 Apr, 2017

THANK YOU EARTH Gathering (Sat. 22 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

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For all ages, all friends of Earth!

Join us as we celebrate and give appreciation to our planet with a variety of activities:

~ Big Circle opening at 1pm ~

* Help create our beautiful Earth mandala with soil rocks, twigs, moss and flowers!

* Have fun with nature games like "Deer, Deer, Deer" and "Coyote Call"

* Open mic poetry reading - bring your favorite Earth loving poem (think Mary Oliver,  Gary Snyder,etc) and we will share it, or you can!

* Add your promise to our Commitment Tree -  let the Earth know what one simple thing you will do in 2017 to honor Earth!

* Nature crafts and more

This is a FREE program, your admission is covered by your gate fee on this day,

but please sign up now as your RSVP.

Limit of 100 people/40 cars

Please carpool - better for Earth and more people can attend :)

~~~~~ 

When despair for the world grows in me

 and I wake in the night at the least sound

 in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

 I go and lie down where the wood drake

 rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

 I come into the peace of wild things

 who do not tax their lives with forethought

 of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

 And I feel above me the day-blind stars

 waiting with their light. For a time

 I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell Berry



We're sorry...there's no longer space in this program...please see if there are other dates open!

Manure to Meadow to MMMMmmm! (Sat. 22 Apr, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

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For ages 5 and up.
Join your child in making homemade vanilla ice cream flavored with fresh fruits and herbs you pick from our beautiful garden. Meet our lovely dairy cow Vida up close and learn how she converts the work of worms into the main ingredient for our favorite treat!

Pricing:
  • 30.00 Adult and First Child
  • 15.00 Subsequent Person


Sun. 23 Apr, 2017

Big Buzz about Bees (Sun. 23 Apr, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

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For children of all ages, with guardian

Bees are wonderful, helpful creatures.. and this class, designed especially for children, is a terrific way to introduce them in a fun and age-appropriate way to this amazing, tiny winged friend of humans. Teacher Kendal will open your child's eyes, and yours too, with stories and lots of interesting things to show about an often unfairly feared little being.

Everyone gets a chance to see and touch all the parts of a working beehive and learn about the tools that it takes to be a beekeeper. We’ll talk about how bees collect pollen and nectar and contribute to many of the foods and products we love. We’ll also explore the many jobs that the different types of bees do inside and out of the hive. The class wraps up with taking a peek inside of a real working hive (it’s completely contained safely behind plexiglass) so we can see real worker bees caring for young larvae, making honey, and if we’re lucky, we may be able to spot the queen bee! And of course, we’ll taste the sweet rewards of beekeeping - honey harvested locally in Los Altos!

 

 

Pricing:
  • 20.00 Adult and First Child
  • 10.00 Subsequent Person


We're sorry...there's no longer space in this program...please see if there are other dates open!

Sat. 29 Apr, 2017

Beginning Cheesemaking: Fresh Cheeses (Sat. 29 Apr, 2017 10:30 am - 1:30 pm)

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For Adults and Students age 16 and up

Jeannie Mckenzie of Pinehaven farm will reveal the great mysteries of making awesome chevre and fantastic feta, as well as the mysterious St. Maure! In addition to learning everything you’ll need to know to make yummy cheeses in your own kitchen, you’ll have the opportunity to sample other scrumptious Pineheaven Farm creations and visit the goat yard to meet our own curious and gentle goats. Pick herbs and edible flowers from our organic garden to add different notes to your creation, then craft cheese by hand in the beautiful Duveneck House. Class size limited to ensure everyone gets full benefit of this wonderfully interactive session. Class fee includes all materials you'll need.

Pricing:
  • 55.00 Person


Little Red Hen Baking Class (Sat. 29 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

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For kids only, ages 6 to 8
Who will grind the wheat? Who will churn the butter? Who will gather the eggs? How about YOU? Come make 100% organic, tasty treats the old-fashioned way - by gathering the ingredients from the farm yourself! Have fun baking with our teachers (and some new friends) while your grownup goes for a hike on our trails or just relaxes in the garden!

Pricing:
  • 25.00 Person


(Waitlist only)

Organic Gardening at Home! (Sat. 29 Apr, 2017 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

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Are you interested in organic gardening at home? Curious to learn more about Hidden Villa’s vegetable production? Now’s the chance! With the guidance of one of our knowledgeable farmers, you’ll gain insider insight into the best ways to grow your own salad with delicious tomatoes and greens, establish an awesome herb garden, start seedlings and construct a simple cold-frame, and create your own compost. You’ll learn firsthand through talking with our farmer, sampling yummy fresh veggies, and planting your own seedlings to take home . You’ll also be able to send us questions in advance when you register. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone seeking a more self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle, from beginning gardeners to those looking to expand their skills! Ages 15 and up.

Pricing:
  • 15.00 Person


Native American Campfire Stories (Sat. 29 Apr, 2017 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

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Ages 5 and up.
Join us for an enchanting evening around the campfire as Keith Gutierrez recreates the history of the Ohlone Indians (native to this area) with songs, artifacts and lore. Bring a flashlight and a blanket to sit on and be prepared to be magically transported back to another time long ago.

Pricing:
  • 10.00 Person


Sun. 30 Apr, 2017

The Scoop on Poop (Sun. 30 Apr, 2017 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

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For ages 3 to 5, plus caregivers
Get the scoop on poop in this fun gardening class just for preschoolers. First we’ll head out onto the farm to collect the main ingredients we need to plant our garden… such as poop! There are so many kinds here on the farm, all so important for growing everything we eat, from fruits and veggies to milk and ice cream. Children will learn the connections between compost and soil, sample veggies growing in our garden, then craft a special planting project to bring home for their very own garden. If your child is rather fascinated with poop... they might be a budding scientist, or maybe a farmer... and this is the class for you.

Pricing:
  • 20.00 Adult and First Child
  • 5.00 Subsequent Person


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Pricing and Refund Policy

Pricing
Rates stated as "per person" apply to both adults and children. Unless otherwise noted in program description, child rates apply to ages 2-12 and children UNDER 2 are free. Senior rate applies to ages 60 and up. Must present valid student identification to receive student discount. Limited Income option is for those who cannot otherwise afford to register. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for any of our programs, send a request to: communityprograms@hiddenvilla.org.

Cancellation
Full refund 30 days before event. 50% refund if requested 8 days or more before the event. No refunds 7 days or less prior to the event.