Feather River Land Trust’s Sierra Valley Preserve is a 2,500-acre property at the headwaters of the Middle Fork Feather River. It is rich in water, wildlife habitat, meadow wildflowers, and a diversity of animals, and has a long legacy of human use. Visitors will experience beautiful vistas, a short nature stroll, and birding opportunities from a cattle corral system that hosts a nature preserve trailhead. Feather River Land Trust works to protect the wildlife, wetlands, natural history and agricultural lands of this important headwaters valley. For the event, find Sierra Valley bird guides for sale, friendly Land Trust staff available to answer questions about the Preserve, a short walking trail leading to a bird platform. The Sierra Valley Preserve will host an wildlife/natural resource-themed group of artists and exhibitors, including Plumas Audubon Society, Lost Sierra Wildlife (photography), B Gallery photography and multi-media art, and Pete Road Primitive Stone Art.
This fifth-generation sheep producer will have displays of all aspects of wool production - from shearing to spinning, weaving and felting. Visitors can meet the sheep and alpacas and can try their hand at spinning and weaving. The wool room will be open for all your fiber needs, and a selection of lamb meat will be for sale. Back by popular demand, the ranch will be serving its Basque Chorizo (made with lamb) along with a slice of Gauteau Basque, a traditional pastry served in the homeland of the Pyrenees mountains. Harvey Farms & Forestry will host three fiber artists – Anna Harvey, Lakes Basin Creations (wool art and pine needle baskets), and Janet Baldridge with her fabulous 1880s “walking wheel.”
Lemon Canyon Ranch, a conserved 1400-acre organic cattle ranch near Sierraville, was named after B.F. Lemmon, who owned the property in the 1860s. Built in the 1870's, the two barns on Lemon Canyon Ranch are some of the oldest and best-preserved in Sierra Valley. Constructed with hand-hewn timbers and held together with mortise and tenon joints and wooden pegs, the barns were restored in 2001 using traditional carpentry practices to preserve Sierra Valley's architectural heritage. For the Art + Ag Trail, Lemon Canyon Ranch will host I Am Love Artworks (paintings, hand-dyed scarves & more),Tom Knudson Photography, Sierraville Micro Dairy, and information on the botanical legacy of John Gill Lemmon (B.F.’s brother).
Lil' Meg's Pumpkin Patch was sprouted in 2012 to bring fun and entertainment to the community. The "patch" features games, a corn maze and plenty of pumpkins! Lil' Meg's Pumpkin Patch, hosted on the family-owned Whittemore Farm, is aptly named for the petite size of one of its owners (Megan Whittemore) and the petite size of the pumpkin patch itself. For the Art + Ag Trail, Lil’ Meg’s will be hosting Josefina Fine Knits, Elliptical Sunrise eco-friendly products, and Lolly’s Crafts' hand-decorated gourds.
The one-room Summit Schoolhouse was used to educate Sierra Valley children from the 1860s to 1949. Summit School is privately owned by Ed & Diane Yang, who want to preserve the history of the schoolhouse. They welcome the community to visit and see the classroom and use the lending library . For the Art + Ag Trail, Summit School will host Great Basin Pottery, Baskets and Books (pine needle baskets), Earth ‘n’ Light (jewelry), Eko Kreations (sustainable embroidered linens), and High Sierra Crystals (locally mined crystals/gifts)
The Lost Marbles Ranch, originally established in 1887 as the Scolari Ranch, was a dairy and raised sheep. Today the historic 150-year old hay barn hosts weddings and special events (as well as barn owls, great-horned owls and Canada geese) in the heart of picturesque Sierra Valley, surrounded by wetlands with great bird watching vistas. For the Art + Ag Trail, Lost Marbles Ranch will host the ever-popular Sierra Valley Yaks, Shear Bliss (fiber arts), and Heaven Sent (local goat milk bath products).
Roberti Ranch is a family-owned hay and cattle operation located in Sierra Valley. Established in 1922 by Elmer Roberti's parents, the ranch has grown from a small dairy to a nearly 6,000-acre business. Today, Elmer and Helen Roberti's three sons and their families operate the ranch. Roberti Ranch will offer three ranch bus tours on September 29 – at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Reservations are required. On each tour, up to 25 guests will learn about hay and cattle production along with how the Roberti family cares forthe land, as well as a visit with the beloved Helen Roberti, sharing stories of the ranch and Sierra Valley history.
All three Roberti Ranch bus tours are now full, but please stop by the ranch to visit with 4H kids and their farm animals from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sattley Store was established in the 1860's. It was a stage stop and mercantile that supplied goods and services to gold rush participants and facilities in Sierra City and Downieville as well as local ranches and establishments. Sattley Store was also the local post office, established in 1864, with original boxes still on display. The store now houses Country Class Collectibles with proprietors Marjorie Voorhees’ stained glass and Scott Perry’s pyrography, as well as Indian and western items, jewelry and other collectibles and art.
Sierra Valley Farms is a Certified Organic Farm growing vegetables and hosting agritourism events on the farm, including a summer on-farm farmers market, monthly Farm-to-Fork Barn Dinners and Food, Blues & Views Concerts. In addition, farmer Gary Romano has penned two entertaining and informative books on farming and sells bottled drink mixes, horseradish and more. Sierra Valley Farms is an Event Trailhead where visitors can purchase passports and souvenirs and can pick up a printed map of the sites for the day. Host Gary Romano will be on hand to share information on the farm's history and current operation as a certified organic vegetable farm as well as selling farm products and signing and selling his books. In addition, the Farm will host Sierra Valley Boatworks (cedar strip kayaks), J. Dailey Designs (jewelry), Rolling Out Clay (pottery), Sage Eggs & Ham (heritage pork) and Chef Sean Conry with local culinary arts students serving up lunch items from local ingredients.
The Grange is a fraternal organization that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well being of their community and local agriculture. The Sierra Valley Grange #466 was chartered in 1931 and began construction of their Grange Hall in 1934. The Grange Hall will be the eastern Trailhead for the Art + Ag Trail, hosting artists and activities and offering tour information, event passports, prize drawing tickets and souvenir sales. Morning refreshments, fresh-pressed apple cider, home-made desserts (can you say apple pie?), and water and soda sales will be available all day. Restrooms, including Handicap Accessible, are also available. The Grange Hall is also the location of the prize drawing and dinner from 4 - 6 p.m. The Grange Hall will host Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen (brand quilt, ranch history display), Betty Thatcher (watercolorist), Kathleen Goicoechea (painter), and Reno Antique Engine & Tractor Club.
The historic Sierraville School was originally built in 1875, burned down in 1929 and was re-constructed in 1931. It has been re-purposed as a Community Center after closing as a functional school. The Sierraville School is the southern Trailhead for the event, hosting artists and providing information and maps to the sites, as well as opportunities to purchase passports, souvenirs, and prize drawing tickets. The site will host the Sierra County Historical Society, locals interested in preserving and promoting an appreciation of Sierra County's rich heritage. Members of the Society will be selling copies of their books on the history of Sierra Valley barns and homes. They will also be demonstrating hand quilting and will offer old time school lessons and games. The School will also host the Sierraville Micro Kitchen (breakfast pastries, fruit tarts, jams and more), Ruthan Hudson (prints and cards of her paintings), Hand Knits by Dee Kelly, High Sierra Heritage Fruit (apple husbandry), and Hawk & Field (small batch apothecary items & jewelry).
Goodwin & Sons Ranch is a 7000-acre cattle and alfalfa ranch located on the north side of Sierra Valley just off Highway 70. George and Marty Goodwin purchased the original homestead in 1987. This iconic homestead was built in 1867 and was the stage coach stop for through travelers. In 2009 about 80% of the 7,000 acres were placed into an agricultural conservation easement. Today the land and cattle are operated under the George Goodwin Family LP with the goal to carry on the lineage of family ranching and farming. For the Art + Ag Trail, the Goodwin Ranch will host Dog Walk Crochet, Manifest Station Studio (torch-cut lighting and accessories), Feet in the Creek Designs (four-dimensional art from reclaimed wood), and Plumas Crafts (original rustic furniture).
The Milton Gottardi Museum, housed in a building that was once a school, bears the name of a long-time resident and City of Loyalton Mayor. Museum displays highlight 20th century Sierra Valley home and retail life, and ranching, logging and railroad industries. A 26’ x 8’ O scale model train travels through a miniature replica of Loyalton’s 1940 Main Street area, with period dairy ranch, sawmill, box factory and timber cutting/logging camp scenes. The outdoor “Yard” area features historic logging and ranching equipment, dominated by a massive steam tractor. For the Art + Ag Trail, the Museum will have staff on hand running the model train and sharing the history of the area. The Museum will host Loyalton-area artist Michael Leffingwell, with his pencil and ink drawings capturing scenes of rural life, Queen Bees honey, Golden Poppy Goods (hand-crafted, rustic home goods), and Leland Cross with his acrylic and watercolor paintings.
The 1600-acre VV Bar Ranch is a working cattle ranch that has been owned by the Van Vleck family for over 70 years. The current ranch was pieced together through the purchase of several ranches, straddling the Valley. It features several “Sierra Valley Barns,” a style designed here in the mid- to late 19th century, for storing loose hay and feeding cattle through snowy winters. For the Art + Ag Trail, the VV Bar Ranch will host Hand-Crafted Wood Products by George Halvorsen, Oddglass (fused glass), Tahoe Glass by Gabi, Fish Out of Water (gyotaka fish painting), and Olsen Photography.