About Friends of Deer Hollow Farm “FODHF”
Friends of Deer Hollow Farm (FODHF) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed in 1994 to preserve and support Deer Hollow Farm, a regional teaching center in the heart of Silicon Valley that promotes environmental education. To date, FODHF has raised more than $900,000 for the Farm.
FODHF Mission Statement
- Preserve Deer Hollow Farm for future generations, a historical area and working farm.
- Support the Farm’s regional environmental education program for the benefit of schools and the community by raising funds through donations, grants, and public events.
About Deer Hollow Farm
Deer Hollow Farm is located in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in the hills above Los Altos. It is a regional, environmental education center with about 100,000 annual visitors from all Bay Area cities.
More than 5,000 students from 45 schools in 13 Bay Area cities take 200 Deer Hollow Farm classes every year.
The Farm offers:
- Environmental education programs for more than 100,000 Santa Clara County children for the last 30 years
- A free “Living Museum” with century-old restored farm buildings, visited by more than 100,000 San Francisco bay area visitors annually
- Many farm animals, a large demonstration garden, orchard, and homestead exhibits
- Nature Center featuring educational exhibits of plants, birds, and animals from the area
- Picnic areas
The Farm teaches students and community visitors vital lessons about:
- Source of our food
- Sustainable agriculture
- Respect for land, wildlife, farm animals
- History of Silicon Valley farming
- Principles of avoiding waste and recycling
- The interdependence of all life
- The culture and history of the Bay’s Area’s Native American Ohlone who lived here for 10,000 years.
Who Funds the Farm?
This unique community partnership provides Farm operational funding of more than $400,000 annually.