Friends of Deer Hollow Farm

A 501(c)(3) charitable organization
PO Box 4282, Mountain View, CA 94040

SUPPORT DEER HOLLOW FARM, an historical teaching homestead farm located at the edge of Silicon Valley. Your tax-deductible
donation will help maintain this 160-year-old-farm for its 126,000 annual visitors and allow thousands of students to visit on field trips.

Support the Farm by making a tax-deductible donation, either by mail using this DONOR FORM or by the PayPal button below

Please include your address for the tax receipt and let us know either in the text box or by emailing us if there is additional information for this donation.

What's new at the Farm

FODHF now has a Facebook page, check it out!   

Check out our Spring 2014 newsletter

Farm and Friends on Cable TV

Deer Hollow Farm and Friends of Deer Hollow Farm are featured in a 30-minute KMVT local cable TV program sponsored by the Association of American University Women. The program offers lots of information about the Farm and Friends in an interview panel format. Highlighted are Farm and Friends programs and funding, information for visitors, volunteer opportunities, and other ways to support the Farm and Friends. Watch the YouTube video

Spring Farm Tours

March 15, April 19, May 17

10 AM to 1 PM

Come visit the livestock in their pens and explore Deer Hollow Farm during
the 2014 Spring Farm Tours. Admission is $7. All proceeds support
the Farm. See the Farm Tour Flyer for details.
Here is a map to the farm, if you need it.

Friends Looks Ahead to 20th Anniversary Year

Friends raised a record $105,000 for the Farm in 2013. Since its founding
20 years ago, Friends has raised more than $850,000. Read about Friends 2014 plans
in this PDF presentation: Friends of Deer Hollow Farm 2014 report.

The mission of Friends of Deer Hollow Farm is to preserve Deer Hollow Farm as a working homestead, and support the historical and environmental education program for the benefit of all in our community.

Deer Hollow Farm (DHF) is an educational farm located in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve (here is a map). Rancho San Antonio Preserve is the most visited in the open space district because of the unique setting including the farm and adjacent county park. The program offers school year classes in Farm and Garden, Ohlone Native Americans, Wilderness, and serves as a summer day camp. Approximately 5000 local children reap the benefits. The farm is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 8AM to 4PM, with the exception of Wednesday afternoon when it is closed from 1-4PM. If you are interested, here is a photo album showing the spirit of the farm..
To reach the staff at Deer Hollow Farm, email or call 650-903-6430.

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm was formed in 1994. The twelve-member all-volunteer board of directors and the many generous donors all believe that Deer Hollow Farm is a rare Silicon Valley community educational center that must be preserved and supported. It's one of the last working homestead farms in Silicon Valley, a truly historic farm. More than 126,000 people visit the Farm each year, and 5,000 children come for field trips and Summer Camp. The City of Mountain View provides Farm management and supplies; Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District provides the land, buildings and maintenance; the County of Santa Clara and the cities of Los Altos Hills and Cupertino provide Farm operations support. Friends of Deer Hollow Farm funds Farm operations, field trip scholarships, animal care and Farm improvements. Together these community funding partners support the Farm with about $440,000 per year. For more information, please see this presentation about Deer Hollow Farm and Friends of Deer Hollow Farm. Also see the Friends of Deer Hollow Farm's brochure..

We are preserving the past and influencing the future.

WHERE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION GOES. Friends of Deer Hollow Farm is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Funds are raised from individual donations and corporate and community organization grants. In addition, we sponsor special-event public fund-raisers: Fall Ohlone Day and the three Spring public Farm Tours. Friends also sells merchandise such as hand-made note cards, plant and animal identification cards, bookmarks featuring original photos of the Farm and Preserve, T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs and many other farm-related items.

The Friends of Deer Hollow Farm fiscal year ends June 30. The current FY14 budget distributions in support of the Farm are projected at $85,000. Friends expenses include three newsletters annually for its donors and friends of the farm, as well as liability insurance and miscellaneous supplies for approximately $5,000.

Farm Operations Support: The largest Friends distribution is a directed donation of $47,000 to support general operations of the farm.

FODHF Farm Projects - Friends will also fund $16,000 for specific Farm projects that will enhance Deer Hollow Farm's environmental education program. These projects were recommended by the Farm's Director and the City of Mountain View as important to the Farm's educational program.

FODHF Scholarship Program - Friends will provide approximately $12,000 in scholarships for about 2,200 Bay Area elementary school students to take field trips to Deer Hollow Farm. Classes are eligible if more than one-third of the students in the school or class are on the federal lunch program, an indication of need. Please see the attached letters from scholarship teachers and students about what this program means to them.

FODHF Animal Care - Friends donors are estimated to give directed donations of about $8,200 for animal care and feed.


Spring Farm Tours: Meet the Animals Visit Deer Hollow Farm's new farm babies at the 2014 Farm Tours to be held March 15, April 19, and May 17. Trained docents will be stationed in the animal pens, explaining animal care and what life was like on a homestead farm.

Meet the new lambs and goat kids, as well as the cow, pigs, chickens, rabbits, ducks, goose, sheep and goats. Spend some time with these animals on one of the last remaining homestead farms in the Bay Area. Walk through century-old farm buildings, a large organic garden and orchard, and learn what daily life was like just 150 years ago, when most Americans lived on homestead farms like Deer Hollow Farm. Enjoy fun, interactive activities and hands-on-learning in the Farm's Nature Center. Plant a bean to take home and enjoy refreshments in the Hay Barn. Groups of 20 or more are not allowed.

For more information, read the 2014 Farm Tours flyer

Ohlone Day: A Living History Festival Friends of Deer Hollow Farm's 2014 Ohlone Day fund-raiser will be held on October 11, 2014 from noon to 3 pm at Deer Hollow Farm's replica Ohlone Village .

The festival offers a chance for the public to spend an afternoon in the Farm's Ohlone Village normally closed to the public. Step into the daily lives of the original Bay Area inhabitants, the Ohlone, who lived here for thousands of years. The replica underground sweathouse and Tule shade and sleeping structures will be open, and trained docents will provide short talks on how the Ohlone lived. Archery and fire-starting demonstrations will be held throughout the afternoon. For more information, read the 2013 Ohlone Day flyer

Nature Center Open. Come visit Deer Hollow Farm's Nature Center and see a preserved and mounted mountain lion as well as a deer, bobcat, fox, owls and hawks. Besides these exhibits, there is a popular "Touch Table" for hands-on learning about animals, birds, trees, and plants indigenous to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. The Nature Center is open on the third Saturday of each month (closed October) from 9:30 to 12:30.

Exhibits include animal skins, field guides, and skeletons. Learn about the Ohlone, the Bay Area's original inhabitants for thousands of years and see the tools they used for daily living. The Nature Center walls are covered with original photos of the Preserve's animals and birds taken by volunteers. Friends of Deer Hollow Farm volunteers staff the Nature Center. The Nature Center also features a booth with many homemade items such as bird houses, laminated animal and wildflower ID cards, bookmarks, and a Grant Pioneer Family History Booklet. See the enclosed flyer.


Friends Gift Shop

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm offers Farm-friendly products to support the Farm and children's field trips. Find a gift for yourself or family or friends and support the Farm. See our Merchandise Catalog and Hand-painted Gourd Birdhouse Examples. Friends sells these items at the Farm Tours, Ohlone Day, and Deer Hollow Farm's Nature Center every third Saturday of the month. Please email to arrange a purchase at some other time. (All prices include sales tax.)

Grant History Booklet Sales Benefit Deer Hollow Farm

Friends has published a Grant Family History Booklet. This 16-page booklet includes the history of Deer Hollow Farm's pioneers: The Grant Family. It includes photos, stories, and a map about Deer Hollow Farm and the Grant Family in the 1800s and early 1900s. Daily life on a homestead is described with photos. It can be purchased at the Gift Shop as described above for $5. See Grant History Booklet Flyer.

Friends Greeting Cards

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm is now offering original photo greeting cards of Deer Hollow Farm, Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and holiday scenes. Photos are 4" x 6" matted on 5" x 7" blank cards, and include envelopes. Please make your photo selections from our farm greeting card catalog. Cards are $3 each or a set of 10 (your choice of photos) for $25. To order, please email: , indicating the card number and catalog name .


Friends Newsletter. Friends publishes three newsletters a year (April, September and December) to provide news about Friends and Farm activities and programs. Also included are features about Farm animals and the surrounding wilderness Preserve. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please email Newsletters are also available online, see the available versions below (the newsletters are in PDF format): Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2013, Spring 2014

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has published a special commemorative newsletter celebrating its 15th anniversary and Deer Hollow Farm's 34th anniversary. It contains Farm and Friends highlights over the years, special memories and stories from the many people who helped save the Farm and shape it into what it is today, letters from teachers and kids, and interviews with local government agencies. Read it now: Commemorative 15th Anniversary Newsletter.

Friends of Deer Hollow Farm Overview 2014. Please read about Friends of Deer Hollow Farm and the Farm in this PDF presentation.


The following volunteer jobs are available at Deer Hollow Farm:

  • Docents to lead field trips. Training is held throughout the year.
  • Docents to answer the public's questions on weekends
  • Help with maintenance and farm chores
  • Work in the garden

Contact Deer Hollow Farm for more information: 650-903-6430.