Deer Hollow Farm is a 160 year-old historical ranch in Silicon Valley. Its mission is to support environmental education programs for our community. Open to the public, this nonprofit teaching farm welcomes 100,000+ visitors and thousands of students annually.

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the Farm via fundraising, awareness efforts and fun events for families.

Our Board of Directors Needs You!

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm (FODHF) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization raising funds for Deer Hollow Farm. The Board is composed of a maximum of 13 volunteers.

The Board welcomes new members to fulfill its mission: raising money for the Farm. Serving as an ambassador for the Farm are key skills, but an overriding requirement is a passion for preserving the Farm.

Board member work requirements: 

  • Work on at least one committee, ideally two
  • Attend three Board meetings annually
  • Serve for at least one 3-year term. A second term is optional
  • Donate $250 per year to Friends
  • ~10 hours/month

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.

Since its founding in 1994, Friends has raised more than $1.1 million for:
• Farm operations and improvements
• Field trip scholarships
• Animal care and feed
• Volunteer Farm projects

Board Committees
The entire Board meets three times a year in person. The Board relies on email, phone and committee meetings to communicate. Board members work on one or more committees such as: Grant Request Writing, Marketing or Donor Relations.

Farm Operations
We seek funding and community support for the farm’s annual $425K operational budget.

Funding comes from a variety of sources, including Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, the cities of Mountain View, Cupertino and Los Altos Hills and Friends.

Farm Improvements
Friends funds Farm improvement projects recommended by the Farm staff. Friends has funded more than $128,000 in Farm improvements including a duck pond, cow, pig and chicken barns.

2016 FODHF Board Members: Seated L to R: Carla Dorow, Treasurer; Sue Gale, President, Nina Wong-Dobkin, Secretary; Standing L to R: Dick Walker, Park Chamberlain, Lauren Merriman, Nancy Stuhr, Wai Mo, and Timothy Dylan Wood. Not Pictured: Jenise Henrikson, Pamela Baird, David Fung, and Kevin Henrikson.

Field Trip Tuition
Friends provides field trip scholarships for nearly half the 5,000 elementary students from 48 Silicon Valley schools in 14 cities. This allows children from low-income areas to participate in the Farm’s renowned educational program.

Animal Fund
Friends supports the Farm Animal Fund for animal feed and care, which is funded strictly by donations.We also help staff the Farm’s Nature Center and booths at events.

Friends’ Funding Sources
Most of Friends’ funding comes from community partnerships, foundation grants, government entities and individual donors. Friends maintains a website and Facebook page to keep the public informed about the Farm and to solicit donations year-round. We also raise funds during the annual SVGives Day fund-raising campaign. Therefore, important (and valued) Board member skills include public outreach, social media, marketing and grant writing.

Join us now to make a difference. For more information, email FODHF President, Sue Gale, at sue@deerhollowfarmfriends.org.