Sunday supper at Joyful Ranch with Solano Land Trust

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Solano Land Trust invites the community to a Sunday Supper at Joyful Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Joyful Ranch off Pleasants Valley Rd. in Vacaville.

The evening will be dedicated to celebrating the bounty of Solano County. It will begin at 4 p.m. with an opening reception where hors d’oeuvres and local wine will be served. Guests will be able to stroll through the orchard or visit the restored gristmill barn.

Then attendees will gather under a canopy of trees for a locally-sourced family-style dinner prepared by Chef Lindsey Chelini, owner of Backdoor Bistro in Vacaville. Specially selected local and regional wines will be paired with the meal. During a live auction, participants will have the opportunity to raise their paddles for one-of-a-kind packages that include Solano excursions and other special experiences, including private dinners with executive chefs, and private guided hikes on beautiful lands.

Solano Land Trust’s Sunday Supper is expected to sell out in advance. Tickets are on sale at solanolandtrust.org or by calling Michelle Dickey at 707-709-9022. The experience is $125 per person. All proceeds support Solano Land Trust’s mission to protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.

A conservation agreement with Solano Land Trust ensures that Joyful Ranch will stay in agriculture forever, while the owner, Ethel Hoskins, retains title to the property.

“It was truly a godsend,” says Ms. Hoskins of the 2003 transaction that allowed her to live on the land where four generations of her family have lived, labored and built a lasting legacy.

As the sole heir, Ms. Hoskins added another level of stewardship by forming the Joyful Ranch Foundation, a nonprofit that preserves the legacy of old-time California agriculture at the site by restoring the ranch and its historic buildings. Solano Land Trust is proud to partner with Ms. Hoskins on her mission that parallels its own. Sunday Supper guests will be able to admire the historic buildings on the ranch, including a Queen Anne Victorian house built in 1891 by W.J. Pleasants, Ms. Hoskins’ grandfather.

Joyful Ranch is one of several Solano Land Trust properties with histories dating back to the Gold Rush. This “family” of protected historic lands in Solano County represents the region’s cultural heritage and natural beauty. Solano Land Trust invites the community to come celebrate and see firsthand how land and legacy can be protected forever.

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