The art and agriculture communities of Plumas and Sierra Counties are inviting the public to spend an awesome autumn Day, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of their treasures: Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail at their own pace, enjoying Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, and other historic buildings, hosting local artists of every medium – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairies that supplied milk, cream and butter to the Comstock Lode miners in Virginia City. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, farms and other historic sites, talented local artists will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour the sites and learn about the history and current uses and operations. The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, inspired education about the sources of our food and fiber, and a prize drawing, featuring a keepsake passport for collecting stamps of local cattle brand insignia, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
Sierra Valley is a stunning alpine valley the size of Lake Tahoe nestled between the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range and the Great Basin. The Valley is host to many historic cattle ranches, beautiful old dairy barns, market farms and talented artisans of widely varied media. At the headwaters of the wild & scenic Middle Fork of the Feather River, the Valley’s freshwater marshes, grass meadows and sage steppes provide varied habitats that support a wide array of wildlife, including growing herds of pronghorn antelope, mule deer and the occasional elk. It is a nationally designated Important Bird Area, with over 260 bird species visiting during the course of a year.
The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail is an event of the Sierra County Arts Council, with major funding from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.The event was developed through the cooperative efforts of residents, local organizations, our sponsors, funders and many individual artists and family-owned farms and ranches.