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Updates and Events

In Agricultural and Residential, ESF, Sand Hill Farm, Stewardship & Restoration Projects by Administrator

Heavy equipment continues to fill in gullies and re-contour the fields at Sand Hill Farm. To date, about half the upper fields (20 acres) are ready for cover crop planting. The California Conservation Corps crew returned last week and have completed plastic removal from most of the upper fields, 34 acres so far! We’re looking forward to several volunteer events …

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The Transformation Begins!

In Agricultural and Residential, ESF, Featured, Sand Hill Farm, Stewardship & Restoration Projects by Administrator

Field Notes from Sand Hill Farm The restoration process has begun at our Sand Hill Farm. Within weeks of closing escrow, ESF had teams from the California Conservation Corps (CCC) out removing agricultural plastic.  Right now, this hardy crew is working on removing drip tape from the former strawberry fields.  The tape has been out in the sun baking for …

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After the Purchase

In Agricultural and Residential, ESF, Sand Hill Farm, Stewardship & Restoration Projects by Administrator

Field Notes from Sand Hill Farm Acquiring land starts with negotiations, due diligence, and paperwork.  Once escrow closes the work of science-based phased land restoration begins.  Land restoration can take seven to ten years, done in phases based on priority, of course.  At Sand Hill Farm the highest priority is to control the erosion so that when the winter rains …