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THE TRUST FOR HIDDEN VILLA
March 4, 2011

My name is Brian Oram from England. I have been to Hidden Villa on 5 trips and have worked around the farm. Initially I lived off the farm during my visits but then was able to stay with the Property Manager on the farm. On the last 3 visits I was accompanied by my partner Vanessa. In England, following my retirement fron project managing i went on to teach Environmental Conservetion with local colleges and Universities.
On the projects I carried out on the farm, I've put up fences, did a riverbank restoration project in front of the big house, built raised beds and put an access tunnel in the children's garden.
On our last full visit we ran irrigation lines in the CSA fields whilst Vanessa also cleared out and re-planted a hidden garden at the back of the big house.
I will say that on every visit a feeling of calm and wellbeing pervades you as soon as you walk through the farm entrance

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Due to the short time periods (2 weeks)I cannot say that I have personally experienced results. However, what I do see is the ongiong development of projects that I started 2 or 3 years before.

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Volunteer & In addition to the projects above I made lots of good friends, some with children and parents whilst working in the children's garden.