Today, April 16, 2014, marks the one-year anniversary of the Healdsburg SHED. We are amazed and humbled by the year we have just experienced and the community that has gathered around us at SHED.
Our aim with establishing this venue was to honor Healdsburg's rich agrarian history while celebrating the farmers, artisans, wine- and beer-makers, bakers, cheesemongers, artists, filmmakers, butchers, dancers, musicians, ranchers, writers, and other folks who make our area such an immensely satisfying place to live.
Over the last 365 days, we have hosted over 100 events, milled hundreds of pounds of local grain, and certainly poured our fair share of kombucha, wine, beer, and other fermented drinks for guests. The UPside Dance Company created a site-specific work for our Grange, a huge honor for us. We've been lucky enough to host meetings of the Farmers Guild and the local Chamber of Commerce. We have been welcomed by our colleagues at the Healdsburg Farmers' Market. Our Sunday Supper series, held the last weekend of each month, has proven that guests are glad to share family-style meals with those who were strangers just minutes before. And our workshops? Well, we've learned as much as anyone about butchering, seed saving, beekeeping, fermentation, and so many other subjects. It's been a wonderful education.
Having worked the land in the Dry Creek Valley for some 16 years, we thought that we knew our farming neighbors. Opening SHED's doors has proven to us just how much closer we could become to others who grow food for a living. Between that raised on our own HomeFarm and that which we receive from other producers, we're now sourcing some 95% of our produce from land sited less than 10 miles away. That means a lot to us, because offering healthy, nutritious, and delicious food grown thoughtfully and prepared well is at the heart of our ethos.
Relationships. Connections. Friends. Neighbors. Community. These are our bywords, and from them spring our commitment to sharing our unique area and the wonderful bounty that it produces.
Thank you for being a part of it. We can't wait to share the coming year with you!
—Cindy Daniel and Doug Lipton