In 1976, after a long process, Christo’s large-scale artwork “Running Fence” was installed over 24.5 miles of Sonoma and Marin farmland. The artist made as much of an impression on the local community as his artwork did.
The hamlet of Valley Ford hasn’t changed much in the last four decades. There’s more traffic, of course: It’s located on scenic Highway 1, and Bodega Bay is just 8 miles to the west. But Dinucci’s Italian Dinners is still there, serving the family-style meals that made its initial reputation more than a century ago.
Local ranchers still come to the Valley Ford Market for coffee and the latest talk on lamb prices and government regulation. And the land itself seems immutable: The rolling pastures broken by eucalyptus windbreaks — speckled with fat sheep and sleek cattle — present a prospect as timeless as the nearby Pacific Ocean.
Source: Glen Martin, Sonoma Magazine, August 2016