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 converted to a nature preserve trailhead. Feather River Land Trust works to protect the wildlife, wetlands, natural history and agricultural lands of this important headwater valley. The Sierra Valley Preserve will be hosting an avian-themed group of artists and exhibitors including Plumas Audubon Society, Sierra Valley Wildlife (paintings), Lost Sierra Wildlife (photography) and Michelle Jacobsen with her rustic, decorated bird houses.
Wily Ranch is a family farm located near Loyalton, CA that was patent in 1877 to Joseph Kelly. Recently acquired by the Grandi Ranch for hay production, the Wily Ranch has two historic barns that illuminate its varied history of producing dairy products and eggs for local consumption, and raising horses. Helen (Wily) Roberti, who moved to the Wily Ranch in 1939 at the age of 3, will be on hand to share stories from her youth. For the Art + Ag Trail, the Wily Ranch will host the Sierra Valley Yaks, Shear Bliss (fiber arts), Heaven Sent (local goat milk bath products), and Leland Cross (paintings).
This fifth-generation sheep producer will host demonstrations 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 and lamb meat for sale. There will also be lumber milling demonstrations from the Harvey Forestry operation. Harvey Farms & Forestry will host three additional fiber artists – Lakes Basin Creations (wool art and pine needle baskets), Wise Wool & Weaving and Janet Baldridge with her fabulous 1880s “walking wheel.”
KC Cattle Company will feature an exhibit of the iron ancestry of Sierra Valley agriculture, as well as a farm animal petting zoo, hay bale maze, corn crib, tractor hay rides and other fun activities for kids. For the Art + Ag Trail, KC Cattle Company will be hosting Kacie Marin Photography, J Cross Leather, Susan Wilson (fiber and watercolor artist), and Plumas Crafts (rustic furniture).
Lemon Canyon Ranch, a conserved 1400-acre organic cattle ranch near Sierraville, was named after B.F. Lemon, 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, in 2001 the barns were restored by the owner 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), Doug Read Woodworking and Olsen Photography.
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 Hand-Crafted Wood Products by George Halvorsen, Oddglass, Tahoe Glass by Gabi and Lolly’s Crafts' hand-decorated gourds.
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 and 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 Dog Walk Crochet, Mama Fig (fiber arts), Manifest Station Studio (upcycled tin can lighting), Ryan Cook (barn wood furniture) and Gail Frazier (Pet Portraits, mixed media paintings).
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 tours on September 30 – at 10a.m., noon and 2 p.m. On each tour, up to 25 guests will learn about hay and cattle production along with how the Roberti family cares for the land and will have an opportunity to try their hand at branding a piece of barn wood. Update – all 2017 tours are now full. Three local 4H Clubs will have a petting zoo, snow cones and informational displays at the Roberti Ranch pole barn on Dyson Lane.
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, montly Farm-to-Fork Barn Dinners and a Food, Blues & Views Concert Series. 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 even passports and souvenir dish towels and 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 mission of the Sierraville Recreation Association is to maintain an active Community Center site at the historic Sierraville School, to promote the local arts, and to celebrate the talents and traditions of our community members. The 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. Sierraville Recreation Association creates and sells barn quilts of various sizes, designs and colors, as well as prints and greeting cards with commissioned line-drawings of local barns and barn quilts to support their efforts. 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 Sierra County Historical Society is an organization of people 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 host the Sierra County Historical Society (selling Sierra Valley home and barn booklets), Ruthan Hudson (prints and cards of her paintings), Hand Knits by Dee Kelly, High Sierra Heritage Fruit (apple tasting & identification), Queen Bees (honey) and Hawk & Field (apothecary items & jewelry).
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 which is set up in the driveway. For the Art + Ag Trail, Summit School will host Great Basin Pottery, Baskets and Books (pine needle baskets), Lori Paoletti (paintings), Earth ‘n’ Light (jewelry) and High Sierra Crystals (locally mined crystals/gifts)