Urban Farm Tours

We are new to Santa Rosa!  Our first Downtown Santa Rosa Urban Farm Tour will take place Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 2pm sharp.  The pictures below may be from our former location in Cupertino, please excuse us while we transition in new photos.

FREE Farm-Made Beer/Soda tasting to one lucky visitor each tour!
FREE Burt’s Bees lip balm to the 1st 5 adult bookings of each tour!

How to make a reservation for your family’s hour-long guided Tour: *We meet new people by reservation only* (please click here to see info for large groups)

Please include the following things in your email to make scheduling easier:

A) Number of adults and kids – We suggest a donation of $10 per adult (18 and older).  FREE for everyone 17 and younger!

B) Date and Time you prefer – We are open on the Last Sunday of the month for Farm Tours at 2 pm.  February 26th, 2017 at 2 pm is the next Tour.  Scroll down for a schedule of upcoming  tours.

C) Please read, agree to, and copy and paste this quote in your email:  “I understand the Farm is your home and I will only visit on the Date and Time of my Tour.”

After you send the email with the above information, we will confirm your reservation by giving you our address.  We look forward to sharing our farming methods with you!

Parking Options – We suggest a $10 donation for parking a gas powered car within 2 blocks of the Farm. We have limited parking at our downtown location and we would like to not block parking for our neighbors.  Please consider walking (at least a few blocks) or taking your bike; both options are better for your health, save you money on gas, keep the planet cleaner…

Here is our 2017 Urban Farm Tour schedule:
February 26th, 2017 at 2 pm
March 26th, 2017 at 2 pm
April 30th, 2017 at 2 pm
May 28th, 2017 at 2 pm
June 25th, 2017 at 2 pm
July 30th, 2017 at 2 pm
August 27th, 2017 at 2 pm
September 24th, 2017 at 2 pm
October 29th, 2017 at 2 pm
November – January closed to the public for Urban Farm Tours due to rain and mud.

Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm has Tours!

Looking through our pictures and reading our text may be helpful, but walking around our Farm, listening to your guide, and freely asking questions, is another thing all together.

All ages are welcome. The tour will last about an hour, and highlight all the important aspects of sustainable food production.

To skip past the Tour Highlights and find out how to schedule your visit, click here

 For groups of 10 or more people, please click here to learn about large group options.

Tour Highlights:

Our Chickens:
Our Chickens were held, one at a time, everyday from her first day of life. All this holding bonded them with humans.  Our chickens  don’t mind kids or adults holding them, and they love to jump on your shoulder!

Your tour will also include basic education on chicken care. If you would like more detail, such as if you are planning to get your own chickens, just let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Veggie Garden:
Good farmers grow good vegetables.  Great farmers grow great soil! At our Farm, the chicken manure is caught using mulch from the property.  The mulch is then composted, along with excess spent grain from the Farm’s Craft Brewery, garden waste, and kitchen scraps.  This is the food for our veggie garden.

Besides learning our methods of soil improvement you will see how we pair up companion plants to fight pests.  For instance:  If you plant members of the allium family (onions, garlic, chives…) around your plants that aphids and carrot flies like, you may trick the pests and get a sweet harvest of both the crop and the allium.  We like to space our onions through our carrots to allow each onion to swell while the carrots catch the wasted light, getting thinned as they grow.

You will see crop rotation, first hand. Like a shell game, we move the crops so new pest babies born in the spring will not be right next to their parents’ favorite food.  Crop rotation helps plants live symbiotically over time.  What one plant takes from the soil, another gives.  Some give using further symbiosis, like the legume family (peas, beans, peanuts…) their roots team up with local bacteria to leave the ground with more nitrogen than it started!

 

 

Our Craft Brewery:
The Farm brewing process takes about 6 hours of time during the actual brew day and then it takes weeks or months before the brew is ready to drink.

We may not be brewing on the day of your visit; however, we will have the equipment set up, the fermenters filled with wort/beer, and our  kegerator for you to learn from during the tour.

If you want to learn more about brewing, please visit our Homebrew Page

 

 

Our Orchard:

While focus was always on taste test winners, consideration was used to stagger harvests and have a few long term storage fruits.  Our goal is to have 24 different fruit and nut trees, so that at least 2 of them are harvesting every month of the year!

 

 

 

Our Hop Yard (This will be planted at our Santa Rosa location March 2017).

 

Hops are a perennial plant that regrows from a rhizome (root that stores energy like a potato) each year.  If you come in the spring you will see a little plant like on the right.  Summer has long vines growing over a rope (pictured above).  August we harvest flowers for brewing.  September – Spring, the hop yard vanishes and goes dormant underground.

This is a picture of one of our hops varieties (Cascade) as a baby.

 

 

 

See more! Lots of additional Farm Tour pictures here.

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How to make a reservation for your family’s hour-long guided Tour: *We meet new people by reservation only* (please click here to see info for large groups)

Please include the following things in your email to make scheduling easier:

A) Number of adults and kids – We suggest a donation of $10 per adult (18 and older).  FREE for everyone 17 and younger!

B) Date and Time you prefer – We are open on the Last Sunday of the month for Farm Tours at 2 pm.  February 26th, 2017 at 2 pm is the next Tour.  Scroll down for a schedule of upcoming  tours.

C) Please read, agree to, and copy and paste this quote in your email:  “I understand the Farm is your home and I will only visit on the Date and Time of my Tour.”

After you send the email with the above information, we will confirm your reservation by giving you our address.  We look forward to sharing our farming methods with you!

Parking Options – We suggest a $10 donation for parking a gas powered car within 2 blocks of the Farm. We have limited parking at our downtown location and we would like to not block parking for our neighbors.  Please consider walking (at least a few blocks) or taking your bike; both options are better for your health, save you money on gas, keep the planet cleaner…

Here is our 2017 Urban Farm Tour schedule:
February 26th, 2017 at 2 pm
March 26th, 2017 at 2 pm
April 30th, 2017 at 2 pm
May 28th, 2017 at 2 pm
June 25th, 2017 at 2 pm
July 30th, 2017 at 2 pm
August 27th, 2017 at 2 pm
September 24th, 2017 at 2 pm
October 29th, 2017 at 2 pm
November – January closed to the public for Urban Farm Tours due to rain and mud.


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Large Group Events (Coming Summer 2017):

   

 

 

 

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