There’s more whales in the Monterey Bay this season than we can remember! Come out to Sand Rock Farm and take an ocean adventure with Sanctuary Cruises.
Was Sand Rock Farm really a FARM?? As you drive up the winding drive through the redwoods and oaks you see a large home and flower gardens, no cows or horses!
But, the second owners of the property, the Waugamans did farm. Joan, their granddaughter told us of her grandfather, Alvin Waugaman introducing Black Angus cattle to Santa Cruz County in the 1950’s. They roam today on many of the county’s farms.
Sand Rock Farm’s beautiful whitewashed barn of today, was a real cattle barn when the Waugaman’s farmed, with cattle returning each night from the meadows to be fed. Joan remembers visiting as a child and climbing in the hayloft, playing in the hay and swimming in the circular cattle drinking trough, long since gone.
What we call the Upper Meadow was a huge vegetable garden. Joan helped her Grandmother can vegetables and make jam. (I wonder if the garden was fenced? The deer we have on the property today would make a meal of all those fruits and vegetables!)
Flowers were Joan’s Grandmother, Florence’s passion. The lilacs, camellias and pink dogwood that she planted in gardens around the house are still thriving and a special treat for springtime visitors to Sand Rock Farm.
The camellias that Florence planted are now 8 feet tall and stand in front of the 1887 wing of the house. (This is behind where Florence and Alvin are standing.)
We put up a fence to protect the roses from the deer. The lilacs, pink dogwood and magnolia tree showing off their blooms in early spring, 2011 were all planted by Florence in the 1950’s.