Monan's Rill

The Land

The creek that runs through the land was already named Monan’s Rill from a poem written by Sir Walter Scott, Lady of the Lake:

img_2859“The stag at eve had drunk his fill, where danced the moon on Monan’s Rill.”

The community has taken on the name of Monan’s Rill as we share the land with wild deer and a vast night sky. The creek which runs through the heart of the Community feeds the two ponds that we use for swimming, fishing and fire protection.

A large organic garden and orchard (with apples, pears, plums, figs, cherries, persimmons, peaches and grapes) helps to supplement our varied diets.  The native oaks, madrones and firs provide shade from the summer sun. Historically, we have had a variety of livestock, and there is a large pasture for this purpose. Hiking trails weave their way across the hillsides.  We share the land with coyotes, foxes, deer, birds, mountain lions, snakes, jackrabbits and wildflowers.

The houses, community buildings, garden and pasture are clustered in one corner of our approximately 440 acres of land.  The rest is oak grassland, chapparal and managed wild forest. Monan’s Rill is located approximately 25 minutes from downtown Santa Rosa, California.

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