Madonna Creek Ranch
For more than 15 years POST has owned Madonna Creek Ranch, a 564-acre coastal property near Half Moon Bay containing grassland, prime agricultural land and beautiful ocean views from the ridge tops. In March of this year the property was transferred to MROSD for $600,000. The land will become part of the Miramontes Ridge Open Space Preserve, and MROSD will work to improve habitat for local wildlife, including yellow warblers, golden eagles and the threatened California red-legged frog.
In March, MROSD purchased October Farm from POST for $3.5 million. POST acquired the 266-acre Coastside property in July 2011, and MROSD has managed it in the interim. The former cattle ranch and produce farm is an important component of the Lobitos Creek watershed—including spawning grounds for steelhead trout—and will be part of MROSD’s long-term planning for the adjacent Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve.
The Blue House Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, based in Pescadero on POST-protected land, provides organic, locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables to its members. Flowers, eggs, raw honey and other items can be added at additional cost to a member’s weekly distribution. POST headquarters at 222 High Street in downtown Palo Alto is one of many pick-up locations for Blue House Farm CSA deliveries. Visit bluehousefarm.csaware.com/store for details.