A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit Happy Acre Farm in Sunol, California.
Sunol is a teeny tiny town with a population just under 1,000 people. Back in the early 1980s, Bosco Ramos, a black Labrador and Rottweiler mix, beat out two (human) candidates in the mayoral election. Bosco ended up serving as honorary mayor until his death in 1994. There is still a statue standing in his honor outside the Sunol Post Office.
The city itself runs along Niles Canyon, creating stunning views and gorgeous topography. I went hiking for a few hours in Sunol Regional Wilderness. It’s only about 30 minutes away from downtown San Jose and about 40 minutes away from Oakland if you’re in the Bay Area. The area may not be so well known, but if you’re looking to get out of the city and experience nature, this is a great getaway. Helena and Matthew Sylvester (originally from Oakland) founded Happy Acre Farm. Their son, August, and pup, Roux, are new additions to the crew. Follow them on instagram and you’ll find they contribute a whole lot to the cuteness factor. Starting a farm from scratch is no easy feat, but over the years, the couple has built a loyal customer base as they set up camp on their 3.5 acre plot of land.
Read more about Helena’s path into farming on my other blog, Crafted in Carhartt.
And if you’re wondering what sneakers I wore, these are the ideal Sunol sneaks: