Address: 31107 Page Mill Road, Los Altos, CA 94022
NOTE: This coop stop you can hike to! It is off of a popular Foothills Park area trail!
Who we are:
- We are a family of 4 (Me, my husband and our 2 boys 14 and 16 years old). Our home is located next to Los Trancos Open Space Preserve. Over the past 10 years we have worked at becoming more and more self-sufficient. This started off with building several raised beds for veggies and then 7 or 8 years ago we got our 1st chickens. Since then we have added bees and goats. Currently we grow most of the veggies and a lot of the fruit we consume. We also get eggs from our chickens and honey from our bees.
- We have named our little homestead “Shanti Farm” because Shanti means peace and tranquility and that is what we find here. Feel free to check out the Shanti Farm website.
What we have for you to see:
We have a flock of 12 chickens in a coop that we built from plans off the net and another flock of 3 chickens in the barn that they share with the goats. You are welcome to take a look at what out chickens are up to by logging into our ChickenCam: username: guest password: guest. Once you log in choose “Server Push Mode” and enjoy watching our “girls”.
We have been keeping bees for about 2 years and have 3 active beehives. We get honey and wax from our bees and turn the wax into beeswax candles. If the Tour de Coop is on a sunny day you can see our solar wax melter in action. It turns comb from the hive into beautiful, pure golden beeswax just with the power of the sun. We will have some honey to taste and beeswax and comb to see.
Professional beekeeper Adian Wing of “Wings of Nature Bees” will be here to answer questions about bees, hives and starting your own apiary. He will also be selling raw, local honey.
We have 2 nigerian dwarf goats. They are curious and friendly. We are not getting milk from them yet (they are young), but are anxiously awaiting the time that they start producing. Currently we get goat milk from a friend and use it to make goat milk soap and goat cheese.
We have a large organic vegetable garden which we nourish with compost from the goat and chicken manure as well as veggie scraps. We also have worm composting.
If you decide to drive up instead of bike (it is a bit of a hill) we have ample parking. We have room along the driveway for 7 or 8 cars. We will also have signs to lead people to overflow parking across the street. This will accommodate a large number of cars.