Sunday, August 30, 2015


This mural is in the front  hallway of Vista Hermosa school at Broetje Orchards

As another Blue Mountain Land Trust's "Learning on the Land" series, 40+ participants  recently toured Broetje Orchards and Vista Hermosa Community which is located 10 miles west of Prescott, WA. 

Vista Hermosa school is part of the Vista Hermosa community which was established in 1988 by the Broetje family in response to the need for safe, affordable housing near the fruit orchards and packing warehouses where the residents are employed.

The community includes 121 single-family low-rent homes and apartment units along with the school, a retreat house, Orchard View Market, and a branch of the Walla Walla Rural Public Library.

The first residents named the community "Vista Hermosa" which means beautiful view as it overlooks the Snake River and more than 5,000 acres of rolling hills which once grew only sagebrush, but which today is planted with a large variety of apples and other marketable fruit trees.