About Place- By Sydney Feeney, Project 387 Board Member
I was introduced to Mendocino County once in my late teens and its grandeur and wildness grabbed my imagination while instilled a yearning to belong. The memory of the coast with its trees and rugged landscape remained firmly in my conscious thought for years.
In 1990, my husband and I bought 90 acres that was in need of some serious restoration and attention. It had been logged and, for many years, had served as a community source for shale gravel. There wasn’t even a road that made the property accessible without four wheel drive. We had no idea what we were getting into but we put our heads down and took on the task of learning the multidisciplinary art of owning country property.
We spent countless days removing underbrush, creating burn piles, remodeling abandoned houses, building barns, a total creek restoration, moving large amounts of dirt to create roads, and then finally paving those roads. We expanded the original purchase as adjacent properties became available and it will remain its current size, a contiguous 150 acres that stretches from Highway One up our road 1 ½ miles to the top of the property. There is a creek running through the middle known as Getchell Creek.
I will say that caretaking this piece of the planet is a fulltime job and you have to love it. But with towering redwoods, ponds, hiking trails, a waterfall, the creek and meadow, and a 180 degree view of the Pacific, this property never ceases to amaze us. We love to share it and for two weeks out of every summer it has become home to Project 387. With the residency drawing on the concept of “Place” this year, Project387’s location is certain to leave a lasting impression on those chosen to attend this summer.