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When we protected 6,857-acre Cloverdale Coastal Ranches in 1997, we took responsibility for the crippled barn at Root Down Farm. The barn was built in the 1870s and, over the years, had fallen into a state of disrepair.
We now lease a portion of this land to Dede Boies of Root Down Farm, a pasture-based livestock operation that humanely raises pigs, chicken, turkeys and ducks. Farmers like Dede need barns to maintain a thriving business. That’s why last year we invested in the restoration of farm’s barn.
Over the July 4th weekend last year, we brought the community together to raise the new barn…literally with our own hands. For the new barn’s one year anniversary, we checked in with Dede to see how she’s settling into the new space.
Here’s what she had to say:
How has having this space changed your life and business?
DB: So, I coach basketball at the [local] high school. And we do not have a great record because we’re a pretty small school. But two years ago we got new team uniforms, and warmups, and new shoes. [The students’] pride and how they felt about themselves when they arrived at the game just improved so much more.
That’s kind of what this feels like, there’s this new thing that is supporting this farm so much more that it brings everything up to another level. It’s a little hard to explain, but it just feels like everything’s in a better place.
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“This isn’t my barn, this is everybody’s.”
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.