Photo by Hunter Cresswell (Times Standard)
On Sunday, June 11th major donors and supporters of the Land Trust gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the Graham-Long Dairy barn. Over 100 people came out to celebrate this monumental rehabilitation project which conserves an important piece of our local agricultural heritage. The day included local food and drinks, music by Rosalind Parducci, a tour of the barn and surrounding area, and historic presentations about the space. With white twinkly lights wrapped around restored old growth redwood posts built in 1910, the resident barn owl overhead in the rafters, fiddle music in the background, and the sound of laughter throughout, it was hard to not get dreamy about the majesty of these old barns.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this special project become a reality! We will be flying a request for proposals for lease of the barn and the adjacent nursery within the next couple of weeks. We are looking for future uses that are compatible with our mission of conserving wild and working lands, fitting with the agricultural, restoration, and public uses of the property. Instead of falling over, this old barn will be back in use soon!
Photo by Jennifer Savage