Timothy S. Allen

Beth Savidge

Peri Hoke

Diane Mohar

Alan Fishleder

Alan Fishleder

Alan Lee

The Art & Ag Project cultivates a dialogue between artists, farmers, and the community to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County. A nationally recognized creative place making project, Art & Ag has invited farmers to open their land to local artists, providing unique opportunities to capture private landscapes that would otherwise remain inaccessible and unseen.

Each month, artists visit a different farm where they can meet the farm owners, paint en plein air, or take photographs. Each Fall, artists are invited to exhibit their agriculturally–inspired artwork at YoloArts' annual Art Farm Gala.

Farm Visit Dates

2023 Calendar Coming Soon!

Rodger Wasson of Farm to Table Talk Interviews Alison Flory about the Art & Ag project.

Special thanks to our program partners The Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork.

Dorothy Peterson Arts Grant

YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project, in partnership with The Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork, is pleased to offer $200 grants to elementary school teachers in the Yolo County school system.

In its fifth year, we are proud to offer this grant to honor the memory and continue the legacy of our friend and Art & Ag Project partner, Dorothy Peterson. Dorothy was a beloved educator, community leader, and arts advocate who touched many lives with her indomitable spirit and leadership in school gardening and district wide recycling programs.

Award Selection Criteria

  • High quality and unique agricultural art project
  • Targeted to elementary grade levels K-6
  • Enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture in our lives and community

Applications CLOSED

2022 Grantee

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Funded by Art Farm 2021

School: Plainsfield Elementary, Woodland

Grade Level: 4th and 5th grade

Teachers: Jessica Friedman, Marianne Ferrendelli, and Clara Skaug

Project Description: Insect Art: Pollinators in our World was an integrated art lesson where students learned about the importance of pollinators and how as an agricultural community, we depend on insects to pollinate the local crops. Students spent time exploring and identifying insects on the school campus and internet, learned how plants are pollinated, and how they can support and protect insects.  They applied their knowledge as they set out to create their own artistic interpretation of an insect using chalk pastels and Elmers glue along with techniques such as symmetry and shading.

Artful Plate

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Part of the Art & Ag project, Artful Plate creates an opportunity to enhance the full farm to plate experience by commissioning original works of art by local artists to be printed onto dinner plates. Dinner plates are then featured and sold at restaurants or non-profit and community events serving locally sourced meals. The project is supported by YoloArts’ collaborative partner the County of Yolo.

Rural Exposure, Danielle Collins, 2015
Rural Exposure, Danielle Collins, 2015
Melange of Beets, Lynne Cunningham, 2015
Melange of Beets, Lynne Cunningham, 2015
Fresh Face, Linda Fitz Gibbon, 2015
Fresh Face, Linda Fitz Gibbon, 2015
Tender Land, Claire Haag, 2015
Tender Land, Claire Haag, 2015
Winters Walk, Laura Hanke, 2017
Winters Walk, Laura Hanke, 2017

Art Farm Exhibition Opens September 14 at The Barn Gallery

In its 15th year, YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project celebrates the landscape of Yolo County farms, and art created on farms. The Art Farm Exhibition features works of art cultivated during the 2022 season of artist visits to local farms and farmlands in Yolo County. This year marks a milestone for the Art & Ag … Continued

Art & Ag June 2022, Pheasant Trek Ranch, Woodland

      Mother and daughter duo, Mercedes Danekas-Lohse and Sherry Danekas, along with Mercedes’ husband Matt Lohse, own and operate Pheasant Trek Ranch in Woodland. Perched at the top of a rise and nestled in between a 1500 acre olive orchard, Pheasant Trek looks out onto a spectacular vista of the wide open farmlands … Continued

Art & Ag May 2022, M Three Ranches, Woodland

“I appreciate my property more when I can share it with people so they can see what we worked so hard to create.” says Frank Muller, of M Three Ranches and Art & Ag committee member for the last ten years. (His wife, Nancy Muller, is our beloved Thursday greeter for our monthly farm visits) … Continued

Art & Ag April 2022, Full Belly Farm, Guinda

It’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years since Art & Ag last visited Full Belly Farm. Lots has happened since then. They now have a certified kitchen and a new event center, for example. But some things remain the same. Full Belly continues to be a busy, working 400-acre gem of a farm … Continued

Art & Ag March 2022, Slaven Ranch, Zamora

For the last 25+ years Slaven Ranch has hosted The Zamora Hills Sheepdog Trial. This year, Art & Ag artists were invited to visit during this annual competition. Peggy Wines, daughter of Bill Slaven, who passed away in 2013, explains how the tradition got started. “My parents watched their first sheepdog trial while on vacation … Continued

Art & Ag February 2022, Rominger Brothers Farms, Winters

      Art & Ag starts off a new year of farm visits at Rominger Brothers Farms in Winters. This sprawling property in the foothills of the Coast Range has been in the Rominger family for five generations. .      Once past the majestic metal gate one feels a sense of yesteryear on … Continued

Art & Ag October 2021, Grindstone Winery, Esparto

         As we head into Fall, it comes as something of a surprise to see rows of young bright green vines as you enter the new Grindstone Wines’ Vineyards and Tasting Room.The 8 varietals were planted only 4 months ago and are still being irrigated to gain root strength as we head … Continued

Art & Ag September 2021 – Capay Canyon Ranch, Esparto

  Capay Canyon Ranch is a mixture of the old and new. Situated on 400 acres in Esparto, the ranch dates back to the early 1960s when Tobin Barth’s grandfather – a row crop grower who wanted to diversify into trees – bought the property. In 1972, Tobin’s parents split off from the partnership and began to farm the orchards themselves.   … Continued

Art & Ag August 2021 – Pine Trails Ranch, Davis

    In August, Art & Ag artists visited Pine Trails Horse Ranch in Davis. “This is good horse country” says Michelle Haseltine, who ought to know. She and her husband Matt, have owned and operated the 21-acre Ranch for the last 30 years. “Pine Trails is one of the busiest year-round lesson facilities you’ll … Continued

Art Farm Exhibition Opens September 9 at the Barn Gallery

In its 14th year, YoloArts’ Art and Agriculture Project celebrates the landscape of Yolo County farms, and art created on farms. The Art Farm Exhibition features work cultivated during the 10-month season of artist visits to local farms and farmlands in Yolo County. This year’s exhibition opens to the public with a reception on September … Continued

Art & Ag July 2021- Clos Cavanis Farm, Woodland

  In July Art & Ag artists visited Clos Cavanis Farm in Woodland. Preserving history is important to Van and Catherine Overhouse. That explains why they spent the last two decades bringing their 1868 Victorian Italianate home back to life. It was a demanding project, scraping the old paint and repairing the damaged wood in … Continued

June Art & Ag 2021 – Elkhorn Basin Ranch, West Sacramento

    In June, Art & Ag artists visited over 400 continuous acres of sunflowers at Elkhorn Basin Ranch.  When they last visited Elkhorn Basin Ranch in 2018, it had just begun to recover from a devastating flood that ruined 90% of their mature walnut orchards. Now, three years later, sunflowers represent a rebirth for … Continued

May Art & Ag 2021 – Citrona Farms, Winters

  When you drive up the road to Citrona Farms, you know you are in for something special. This 480-acre farm, named for one of the original valley train stops, has been consciously cultivated into a thriving walnut orchard for more than 30 years. Owners Daniel Hrdy and his wife Sarah B. Hrdy – both … Continued

April Art & Ag 2021 – Hungry Hollow Ranch

  Jordan Fricke, Hungry Hollow Ranch, 2021 Art & Ag Farm Visit Host Photography by: Charles McDonald “The best part of my job is being able to wake up every day and see the beautiful landscapes of all of our properties. And watching all of our hard work pay off as we transform a piece … Continued

March Art & Ag 2021 – Oliver Farms

  Art & Ag’s visit to Oliver Farms was like stepping back in time to a place that tells the story of the farm long before Sally Oliver moved there over half a century ago. Born and raised in Woodland, Sally married her husband George right out of high school. When George returned from the … Continued

February 2021 Art & Ag – Rominger Farms

  Over 60 artists enjoyed creating artwork among the almond blossoms at the first farm visit of the year at Rominger Farms, nestled just north of the Yolo/Colusa County Line.                 One of the benefits of this job is enjoying the blossoms,” says 6th generation farmer Scott Rominger … Continued

June Art & Ag – Harrison Farms

The Art & Ag project has resumed monthly farm visits!  YoloArts is grateful to our farming partners for opening up their land where artists can learn, explore, and find inspiration. Special thanks to our June Art & Ag hosts, Karen and Mark Harrison owners of Harrison Farms in Woodland.  Here are some highlights from our … Continued

Yolo County Crop Signs

Have you ever wondered what crops are growing as you drive along the freeway in Yolo? Art & Ag Project partner, Anna Fricke, does too.  Thus began Art & Ag’s latest project, Yolo County Crop Signs.  For the last several months, Anna has worked with the Art & Ag committee to conceptualize, plan and begin … Continued

Connecting Students to Art & Nature

Each year YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project awards two Yolo County elementary school teachers a Dorothy Peterson Arts Grant to fund an agriculturally-inspired art lesson in their classroom. Janice Purnell, YoloArts’ Creative Director, checked in with one of this year’s recipients Karyn Schnaible, 4th/5th grade at Dingle Elementary in Woodland, and Art and Ag Project … Continued

A Look at Garcia Farms Two Years After the Flood

In 2017 the Elkhorn Ranch, which is located along the Sacramento River and Yolo Bypass, was hit hard by floodwaters from the Oroville Dam spillover.  The Art & Ag Project had the privilege of visiting this walnut orchard in May 2018 when the last remnants of the upturned walnut trees still dotted the landscape. Elkhorn … Continued

Dorothy Peterson Arts Grant Winner Announced

A Dingle Elementary School teacher and classroom was the winner of a $200 Dorothy Peterson Arts Grant. Karyn Schnaible, 4th/5th grade teacher, submitted her “Handmade Paper” art lesson which engages students in the harvest of cotton and flowers from the school’s garden. “We hope this project will inspire the students to investigate their environment, learn … Continued

Art Farm Exhibition Opens October 4 at Gallery 625

In its 12th year, YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project continues to celebrate farms as art, and art created on farms. The Art Farm Exhibition, the annual culmination of a season of artist to farm visits, features work cultivated on local farms and inspired by the open spaces, agriculture and bounty of Yolo County. This year’s … Continued

Art Farm Exhibition Opens at Gallery 625

In its 11th year, YoloArts’ Art and Agriculture Project continues to celebrate farms as art, and art created on farms. The Art Farm Exhibition features work cultivated on Yolo County farms during the February – October season of artist visits. This year’s exhibition opens on October 5 at Gallery 625 in Woodland and showcases 121 … Continued

Art Farm Exhibition Opens at Gallery 625

For ten years, YoloArts’ Art and Agriculture Project has inspired a community celebrating farms as art, and art created on farms. During this time, art has been cultivated on ninety Yolo County farms during the February – October annual season of artist visits. Each season of art culminates in the annual art show known as … Continued

Art & Ag

Sacramento Valley, Contributed by Steve Colusa and Yolo County Farmer Blair Voelz recently hosted participants in Yolo Arts “Art & Ag Project” at SB Voelz Farms located on the Colusa County side of County Line Road in Dunnigan. Artists had the opportunity to visit the diversified operation on two different days. The purpose of this … Continued

Bringing Art Where It Isn’t

Danielle Whitmore, YoloArts’ executive director, tells a story about a student named Diana. When Diana — a pseudonym — was a student in a local continuation school, she wouldn’t even get out of bed to attend classes. It wasn’t that she was lazy. She was uncomfortable in school and had low self-confidence. It was only when she started … Continued

From Field to Canvas YoloArts’ Art and Ag Project

Frank Muller has agriculture in his blood. He was raised on a farm, and now runs Muller Ranch in Yolo County, California, northwest of Sacramento, with his two brothers, son, and nephew. The ranch boasts several thousand acres of walnut groves, sunflowers, vineyards, tomato fields, almond trees, and pepper plants. But despite his close ties with the landscape and all it produces, … Continued

America’s Heartland: Art & Agriculture

From the wheat fields of South Dakota to the ranch lands of Colorado, artists have provided iconic images of America’s rural landscape. Today, one rural community in northern California is providing a unique opportunity for artists to come out to the farm. Yolo County’s “Arts & Ag” program invites artists and photographers to farms and … Continued

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