The art and agriculture communities of Plumas and Sierra Counties are inviting the public to spend an awesome autumn Day, enjoying the history, culture and bounty of one of its treasures: Sierra Valley. Visitors will travel the Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail, with great views of Sierra Valley Barn Quilts and opportunities to visit market farms, working ranches, and a pumpkin patch, and to sample the wares of artists of every color – wood, paint, glass, ceramic, metal, fiber and more. The event offers a window into the past, when Sierra Valley was home to a large number of family-run dairies that supplied milk, cream and butter to the Comstock Lode miners in Virginia City. Guests will have a rare opportunity to visit privately owned 100+ year-old dairy barns, many built with hand-hewn timbers and wooden pegs, still serving today’s working ranches. Inside and around the barns, farms and other historic sites, talented local artists will be showing and selling their wares. Visitors will be offered opportunities to tour the sites and learn about the history and current uses and operations. The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail event also offers children’s activities, artist demonstrations, inspired education about the sources of our food, and a prize drawing, featuring a keepsake passport for collecting stamps of local cattle brand insignia, artist’s marks and more along the Trail.
Sierra Valley Info + History
Sierra Valley is a stunning alpine valley the size of Lake Tahoe nestled between the Sierra Nevada, the Cascade Range and the Great Basin. The Valley is host to many historic cattle ranches, beautiful old dairy barns, market farms and talented artisans of widely varied media. At the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Feather River, the Valley’s freshwater marshes, grass meadows and sage steppes provide varied habitats that support a wide array of wildlife, including growing herds of pronghorn antelope, mule deer and the occasional elk. It is a nationally designated Important Bird Area, with over 260 bird species visiting during the course of a year.
Making the Day Possible
The Sierra Valley Art & Ag Trail is a cooperative venture of the Plumas-Sierra Community Food Council, Sierra County Arts Council, UC Cooperative Extension, our sponsors, funders and many individual artists and family-owned farms and ranches.