|In addition to the community partnerships referenced on the the garden gate, Valmonte works in collaboration with the ICAN California Abilities Network and periodically receives assistance from a local service club and the Boy Scouts
The area inside the gates is dotted with a number of very large trees and the stark contrasts between sun and shade made it challenging to get good photographs so please bear with me.
|I don't know the story behind the surfboards arranged under the tree just inside the garden gate but they're attention-grabbing
Valmonte Farm & Garden arranged an off-schedule farmer's market for the docents' visit.
|Suncatchers and market totes were also on sale. I thought the totes were a smart way to upcycle bird seed bags and I recall reading that the proceeds from the suncatcher sales are used to fund vet visits for the farm's cats.
Nancy Lemargie, the garden manager, gave the group a brief history of the enterprise before leading the docents on a tour.
The staff's squeezed a lot into their 1.5 acres. The sunniest areas were allocated to the farm operation.
|Although we're near the end of our long dry season, there was still a lot growing in the raised planters
|I ran into this fellow on my solo spin through the farm area before the majority of the docents arrived. He was on the hunt and I don't think he appreciated my presence.
|The docents on our tour
|A butterfly garden and a cow also occupied the sunny space
There was more to see on the upper level of the garden.
|I shot this photo from the farm area looking back at the upper level of the garden
|This structure is Nancy's office, which was constructed in part from recycled windows
|There's a sun porch featuring more recycled windows tacked onto the back of the office
|The garden also sells a variety of plants propagated by volunteers
|This deck is used for yoga practice
There's also a large chicken enclosure and a greenhouse.
|The garden has a greenhouse constructed from corrugated plastic
|I was sufficiently impressed with the structure to wonder where my husband and I could build something like this
The docents enjoyed a wonderful lunch under the trees, courtesy of Kay, who organized our visit. You can get more information (and better photos) on the Valmonte Farm & Garden webpage and Instagram page.
Best wishes for a great weekend. I'm looking forward to the peace and quiet of a temporary construction-free zone.
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