SFH Gardens at Hagemann Ranch
Introducing our newest venture…
Sunflower Hill is proud to announce a new partnership with the City of Livermore to operate a sustainable garden at the historic Hagemann Ranch at 455 Olivina Avenue.
This five acre parcel is a historically significant remnant of the original Rancho el Valle de San Jose Mexican land grant award in 1839 to the Bernal, Sunol and Pico families and later owned by Martin Mendenhall, brother of the city of Livermore’s founder, William Mendenhall. In 1896, it was sold to the Hagemann family and continued to be operated as a working farm until 2006. First purchased by a private developer and then by the city of Livermore, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sunflower Hill will be one of several non-profits with programs on site. “We will be developing a one acre garden,” said Lynn Monica SFH Vice President, who is leading the effort. “It’s also a great opportunity to create an educational and vocational program for our members. We plan to grow vegetables, grains, herbs and sunflowers, of course. We also have plans for an orchard and berry vines,” she said.
Monica, along with SFH board member Chris Bogert, are both graduates of the Alice Waters Edible School Yard Program. Both will work on the planned onsite programs. “As a member of the Alice Waters network, we’ll be utilizing many of their sustainable practices,” Monica noted. “The garden at Hagemann Ranch will be one of the first gardens specifically for individuals with special needs.”
Master Gardener Shawn Seufert, who served as the Owner/Operator of Terra Bella Farms in Sunol will work with Monica and Bogert on the design and implementation.
Thanks to donations and in-kind donations by the Pleasanton North Rotary Club, the Livermore Hindu Community and Cultural Center, Bob Coomber’s Charity of Choice for his Warriors Local Warrior award, Alan Cerro, Alden Lane Nursery, the Livermore Rotary Club, the Alameda County Master Gardeners, and Orchard Supply Hardware store of Livermore, work has already begun.
We have already made significant progress on the garden design and preparation, which included soil testing, soil and bed preparation, and installing irrigation, and we have already begun to plant our first vegetables.
We still have a lot more work to do and it will continue through the year, so volunteers are needed! If you’re interested in coming out to work in the gardens at the Ranch and get your hands dirty, please send an email to email@example.com.
Donate to Sunflower Hill Gardens
Sunflower Hill is an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit organization: Tax ID #80-0897595. Donations are appreciated and tax deductible. If you’d like to donate to Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch with a credit card, please use the secure form by clicking this button:
Alternatively, checks made out to “Sunflower Hill” can be mailed to the address below.
P.O. Box 11436
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Volunteers: Please download and sign these forms as part of your first volunteer experience at Sunflower Hill Gardens at Hagemann Ranch.
- SFH Gardens Volunteer Wavier
- SFH Gardens HUD Demographics
- Sunflower Hill Media Release Form
- SFH Gardens Rules