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For artists: February Farm Visit - Yolo Co.

Date: February 23, 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Contact:, 530-309-6464

Sponsor: Yolo Arts

Location: 11680 Highway 16, Brooks, CA 95606

Event Details

Art and Ag Project - FEBRUARY 2017 FARM VISIT
Holland Ranch,11680 Highway 16, Brooks, CA 95606 (scroll down for directions!)
Thu, Feb 23~8am-12pm  |  Sat, Feb 25~8am-12pm
Dear Artists and Art Supporters
     If ever there were a bucolic scene to capture the essence of Yolo County farmlands, it would be this view of a dryland pasture dotted with cows and their calves grazing happily near a small reservoir surrounded by ancient oak trees.  The rains have brought a softness to the greens of the Blue Ridge mountains which tower over this gentle scene in the Capay Valley.  Lela Holland who has lived on the ranch for over 40 years quietly says "I like this view in the morning. The big rains fill the reservoir and grow the grass.  It's been perfect for us." 
     It seems like everything is perfect about the Holland Ranch, a sprawling 400-acre property where Lela and Stan Holland raised their two sons, Steve and Dan. Stan's great grandfather Curtis purchased the ranch from a brother-in-law in the 1880's. In the old days they would try raising different animals in this pasture including sheep, hogs and turkeys. As Lela describes, "It was hard work and they would have to make sure there were good fences and think twice about raising hogs - knowing they might be chasing them around all season."
     Today they raise commercial Angus Cross cattle and grow winter wheat behind the great hay barn.  The ranch is run with the help of their sons who are 5th generation. "We're pretty lucky that one of our sons like the livestock and the other likes the farming."
      Artists will have plenty of inspiring subject matter besides the lush green backdrop of the hills and high grass of the meadows.  There is also the quaint white Victorian with a horse coral beside it (you'll see it as you drive up the road), an old windmill, a cattle feed lot and several rustic outbuildings including a tack room, chicken coop, dog kennel and  machine shop - and, of course, rusty antique treasures and 21 calves if we're lucky!
     Weather permitting artists may drive to the pasture areas, but it's only a short hike if it gets too muddy. (Boots recommended)


RSVPs are important!  It helps me tell the farm owner how many artists to expect. Please email
you plan to attend. 
Holland Ranch  
Thurs. Feb 23 8am-12pm | Sat Feb 25   8am-12pm 
11680 Highway 16 Brooks, CA  95606

Steve Holland,  Holland Ranch
  • Take Highway 16 and follow through the towns of Esparto and Capay towards the Cache Creek Casino.
  • The ranch is approx 3 miles past the Casino on the left side of the road.
  • Look for two tall cedar trees on either side of the ranch entrance.
  • Drive up the road towards the house and someone will greet you there.
Thursday's Greeter: Nancy Muller 
Saturday's Greeter: Janice Purnell
Porta Potty will be available
Janice Purnell                      
YoloArts Associate Director

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