Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm
Farming with focus on Sustainability, Education & Biodynamically connecting inputs/outputs of life in a beautiful Symbiosis.
A quick trip from anywhere in the North Bay Area, we are conveniently located in Santa Rosa, California.
Chickens Vegetables Fruit Nuts Hops Grapes Berries Grains Craft Beer Natural Soda Pickling & Canning
Ways to Visit the Farm:
We are a federally approved 501(c)(3) public charity, i.e. all donations are tax deductible!
Often the Hummingbird is used to describe the term Symbiosis, it is fed while it feeds. This is our model and final goal within the community and all other communities we will connect with. So far we have had visitors/donations from as far away as:
Bulgaria, China, Costa Rica, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, Sumatra, Switzerland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ukraine!
What’s Going on At Hummingbird Farm:
As a Biodynamic Farm, we try to find a use for each output and locally source each input. Just because you like to eat fruits and veggies from our Biodynamic Garden, did you ever wonder what is happening to the parts of the plant that you do not prefer to eat? Some people like to drink fresh Craft Beer or “Homebrew” made from whole grains. What happens to the grains after they are “spent” in the Brewing Process? Children and adults alike love to eat fruit straight from the Orchard; sadly, so do many insects. How can we turn our pest problem into a source of omega-3s and fertilizer? The answer to all of these questions is easy! Our Chickens love to eat those things! Besides eggs, our Chickens also produce nutrient rich compost for our Grain Fields, Hop Yard, Veggies and Orchard.
Why do people Stay at Hummingbird Farm? Is it the free eggs that come from Chickens living on a natural diet of foraging for bugs and greens supplemented with organic feed? Is it the free Veggies and education about Companion Planting and Crop Rotation from our Biodynamic Garden? Perhaps they love fruit and nuts that grow on trees from our Orchard? We are a place for people to take a break and enjoy the slower and more simple life with other like minded people!
Enough Hippie Talk! Where is the Money?
According to Miguel Altieri (Professor of Agroecology UC Berkeley): “When a sustainable agriculture is sustainable, it is because there is an overlapping of these three goals: It is socially just, economically viable, and ecologically safe. It is like a stool that has three legs. When one of those legs lacks; then, the stool falls down; therefore, the agriculture is not sustainable.” [Ripe for Change, 2005]
The first and last goal from Miguel Altieri are outlined above, but what about that middle part?
Donations have taken us thus far! People have heard what we are doing and share however they can. Our first corporate donation came from Smart Seeds. They gave us every seed that was requested by each volunteer at the Farm! Smart Seeds did it three years in a row! Nichols Garden Nursery gave us Hops Rhizomes year after year! GoPro and Volkswagen sent us monetary donations and teams of brilliant volunteers who had a blast developing educational gardens and chicken runs. The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of Santa Clara County and Walmart have charitable sides that support small organizations with large donations. There are individuals who give namelessly as well and in the words of PBS, we also give thanks to “Viewers like You“.
Why do people donate? We offer free education through our website and facebook. We bring families together under the sun to see where their food comes from. We hope to improve the health of people who visit by providing clean exercise, healthy food and inspiring know how to take with them whereever they go.
Some donations require a bit of nectar in return…thus we also offer the following services:
AirBnB – Coming soon – Stay with us at our Farm and get to see it all up close. We are pet friendly!
Homestead Consulting – If you have your own homestead/piece of land, we would like to help you make the most of it.
Farm to Picnic – Similar to the restaurants “Farm to Plate”, we remove the restaurant and place you in the garden under the warm California Sun or the Stars that can only be seen outside the light pollution of a city. This is twice a month and each meal includes a Guided Farm Tour from above. Plates/Cups are filled with our farm’s best!
Help us make a difference, Donate!
To find out how we use donations or to make one yourself Click here or just Click the yellow button below to make your donation via PayPal