Hidden Villa’s mission is “to inspire a just and sustainable future through our programs, land and legacy.”
They are a nonprofit educational organization in Los Altos, CA that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice. I toured this farm on March 5th, 2011.
The villa stretches over 1600 acres[!] and was given as to the community in a Trust by Frank & Josephine Duveneck in 1950s. The Duveneck’s were involved in social reform, preserving the environment, and tie-dye way before the hippies. They quite possibly could have been the very first hippies. They opened the first youth hostel on the pacific, had interracial parties, and minority groups were always welcome…including native americans who came to feast & dance. No photos have been found of them actually wearing tie-dye but i firmly believe it’s a possibility.
The farm grows all organic vegetables, composts, and local/organic/sustainably managed livestock. One thing that I love….and have just learned about organic farms….is that the animals and plants work together. The plants [some of them] feed the animals and the animals graze, clear, and fertilize the plants. IT’S SO SIMPLE. And the animals, when seen in these settings, seem so happy and healthy.
Tours, volunteer work, educational classes, camps, and other programs are offered at the farm here. It’s a beautiful and amazing place. Try to get over there someday if you can.