Columbia, California Sierra Foothills
Looking for a new farmer manager to profit from sustainable modern agriculture
Sierra Hillside Farm has grown independent farmers, along with great organic food for 28 years. A great sunny location and fun rural environment on the edge of Columbia State Historic Park and Columbia Community College. North of Yosemite National Park, we've been a small organic farm sequestering carbon and producing food for the local Motherlode Region. As a community farm, we've had both local sage farmers and live-ins aspiring to own their farm.
1800s barn is thought to be where Schilling Spice Company started by growing French Tarragon
Plants grow great and sweet 3 seasons. Winter too, especially in the greenhouses
Started in 1994, many of our farmers grew into their own farms. Steve, the first farm manager, built rich soils and local selling. He married, became a Waldorf farm teacher, and raised a crop of children.
Growing Safflower in 2004-2006 was an experiment with UC Davis Agriculture Extension to show the viability of growing oil crops for BioDiesel: GrowGas: Dryland farming Safflower in the Sierra Foothills.
2008 brought on a host of new and local farmers from Nutt'n Flat Farm. In 2011 Jonathan took over and expanded up the hillside earning enough to buy his own nearby farm: Hawk'n Fox Farm.
GrowGas: Safflower during drought years demonstrated dry-farming oil crops for biodiesel. California's hills could grow hundreds of millions of gallons of oil->gas
The Hillside - Intense sun makes sweet vegetables and fruit
Regenerative growing on the Hillside, turning dry barren land into productive fields, was developed by Jonathan
Owners Mark and Sharon are now looking for a new live-in Farm Manager who wants to move organic growing and community involvement into a future of high productivity, modern techniques, automation and diversity. Mixing traditional, hi-tech, and greenhouse growing techniques, we want to make this a profitable, sustainable and fulfilling opportunity for the right person/people.
Farm house and cabin in the back
Nearby Mountains and Wildflowers
California's Sierra Nevada Foothills are rich with '49er gold rush history (several ancient gold mines on property), sun, wildlife and outdoor activities. As a home county to Yosemite National Park, the surrounding High Sierra is an outdoor mecca of summer hiking, rock climbing, rafting/kayaking/boating and skiing. See below this list of many national, state and locally designated wilderness areas, Wild Scenic Rivers, forests, and Parks. The college next door has miles of hiking trails and a PAR course. 1500 feet of agriculture water canal (flume-ditch originating in the 1800s gold rush) crosses us and can be walked to the High Sierra. 38 inches of winter rain provides ample stored water during the cloudless summers. Hillside Farm has 12 acres of fields, orchards, hillside terraces, and the upper "wilderness".
Distances to surrounding outdoor recreation, parks, lakes, wildernesses, camping, hiking, boating and climbing:
Yosemite National Park - 32 miles
Columbia College flume trail to PAR course, library, lake, trails, tennis courts, sports arena, Arboretum rock climbing and classes - .1 miles
Marble Quarry Campground, trails and Labyrinth world class climbing - .5 mile
Columbia Historic State Park ghost town, stagecoach rides, nature trail, museums, mock gunfights, picnicking, and Labyrinth Rock Climbing - .7 miles
Organic Grocery Markets, 8 different restaurants, festivals, farmer markets, family taverns, shops - 1 mile
Blewetts Point overlook trail - 1 mile
Stanislaus National Forest (unlimited dispersed camping) - 1 mile
Emigrant Basin Wilderness Area - 22 miles
Carson-Iceberg Wilderness Area - 32 miles
South Fork Italian Bar Gold mining/panning, Lost Duchess Mine and endemic Fawn Lilies - 2 miles
Columbia Airport Fly-ins Campground, Nature Trail, Yosemite Flight Tours, Flight School and wildfire tanker bases - 2 miles
New Melones Lake Recreation Area, Parrots Ferry, Windsurfing, Canoeing, Upper Stanislaus Rafting-Kayaking and Campgrounds - 3 miles
Irrigation ditch hike and Mountain Biking trail to the high-country - 3 miles (starts on property)
5-mile Creek and waterfall High Mountain Running Course - 12.5 miles roundtrip from driveway
Sierra Outdoor School, Old Oak Ranch youth center, Summer Camps, Winter Snow Sledding - 5 miles
Sonora old town, Red Church and Dragoon Hiking trail. Supermarkets, Hardware, Big-Box stores - 5 miles
Natural Bridges, Table Mountain ancient lava flow and trails. Coyote Creek and Moaning Limestone-Marble Caves - 5 miles
Tuttle Town, Mark Twains Cabin, and Glory Hole Recreation Areas, boat ramps, water skiing, sailing and campground - 7 miles
Murphys old town, Ironstone Winery, Concert Grounds and Museums (locally found, world's largest gold nugget is exhibited) - 8 miles
Stanislaus River swimming holes: Camp Nine, Candy Rock, Gods Bath, Cleos Bath, Rainbow Pool and waterfall - 10-20 miles
Red Hills Critical Environmental, Wildflower and hiking area, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) - 12 miles
Table Mountain, Peoria Flat, Grotto climbing and hiking area - 8 miles
Tuolumne River National Wild and Scenic River for whitewater rafting and kayaking - 12 miles
Big Trees State Park: Giant Redwood groves, hiking and cross-country skiing - 17 miles
Pinecrest Lake hiking, beaches and boating - 22 miles
Dodge Ridge Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing - 24 miles
Bear Valley Downhill and cross-country skiing - 30 miles
Hover Wilderness Area in Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest - 35 miles
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) and Sonora Pass - 45 miles
Lake Tahoe, Kirkwood, Desolation Wilderness and many Downhill and Cross-country ski areas - 59 miles
Ansel Adams Wilderness Area (Minarets) in Sierra National Forest on the southern border of Tuolumne County - 66 mile
Mono Lake, Bodie Ghost Town and many East Side Hot Springs - 66 miles