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Hike, chat & lunch at Oak Hill Farm

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 | Posted by

Oak Hill Farm at the Friday morning Farmers' Market, Sonoma

A rare chance to explore and learn about one of Sonoma Valley’s most picturesque farms is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, at 9:30 a.m. Anne Teller, owner-manager of Glen Ellen’s Oak Hill Farm, will lead a hike of the 700-acre property while discussing the farm’s history and organic farming practices.

Oak Hill Farm grows more than 200 varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruit for local and Bay Area customers and Farmers’ Markets—so well that the farm has been voted “Best Local Food Producer” in 2007, 2008, and 2011 by Best of Napa & Sonoma Valleys magazine. All farming is done under a sustainable agriculture/organic farming model. Chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers haven’t been used on the property since it was purchased by the Tellers in the 1950s.

Rising to 800 feet above the Valley, the farm is home to oak and manzanita woodland, fresh water springs and much wildlife. In addition, two significant watersheds that feed Sonoma Creek originate here.

The July 24 hike—a flat and easy two-mile round trip—starts at the farm’s 100-year-old Red Barn. From there, participants will wend their way through Oak Hill Farm’s sustainably farmed flower fields, vegetable beds and fruit orchards, stopping for lunch at the property’s old White Barn. Wines for the event are being donated by Haywood Winery.

The hike is a benefit for the Sonoma Overlook Trail, a joint project of the City and Sonoma and the Sonoma Ecology Center. The hike’s cost per person is $35, and all proceeds will be used to help maintain the trail.

Sonoma Overlook Trail operates with a tiny, $4,000 yearly budget and is maintained by volunteers. Fundraisers provide the money needed to keep the trail in good shape and safe for hikers.

The hike is limited to 30 people. To make a reservation, contact Hope Nisson at 996-5526 or at hopedn@sbcglobal.net. Meet at Oak Hill Farm’s Red Barn, 15101 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen.

Download the Overlook Trail Brochure

Photo: Suzie Rodriguez

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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