What’s Next for the Depot?

Please join me on Saturday, March 23, from 3-5 p.m. at the Esparto Depot to discuss ideas for future uses of the building and land. What are the options? Here’s a list of ideas people have offered so far:

Restaurant, Fresh Produce Store/Deli (showcasing local fruits, vegetables, olives, nuts, meats, ice cream, etc.), Brewery + Beer Garden, Office, Retail, Gallery, Organic Nursery and Demonstration Farm, Farmer’s Market, Event Center, Community Center…

Have I left any out that you think we should consider? If so, please post a comment here and add your own idea. The property lends itself to anywhere from two to five uses (in the depot itself) plus one or two additional uses of the grounds.

On Saturday, March 23, I’d like to host a general discussion about all of the ideas on the table. I’d like to talk about logistics, funding, and timing for the next stages of work – and begin making decisions about uses for the depot. Anyone and everyone who wants to be a part of the depot’s future is invited to attend.

Thanks, everyone, who has helped and offered good ideas so far. – Maria McVarish

Remember Last Spring…?


… when the Building Narratives class took place, and so many people in and around Esparto participated? Well, the book that documents that experience is still in progress, but here are a few of the student projects that came out of it:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO: Zumba Dancing at the Depot!

Maria Robles and Thanya Oliveira

Maria Robles and Thanya Oliveira

Taking Zumba classes in Esparto was part of Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa’s work as a student in CCA’s ENGAGE Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space class during the spring semester of 2012. This performance took place on April 21, 2012 in the Esparto depot, at the culmination of the class – an afternoon of installations, performances, interactions and readings. The names of these fantastic dancers are: Cheryl Rust, Maria Robles, Thanya Oliveira and Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO: Jordan Karnes – Esparto Poetry Reading

image by Melissa Martin and Alexis Petty

Esparto (poem by Jordan Karnes) Image by Melissa Martin and Alexis Petty

Jordan Karnes listened to middle and high school students in Esparto, CA. She honed and crafted their words into this poem, entitled ‘Esparto’. The reading took place during the final exhibition/presentation of works from CCA’s ‘Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space’ class on April 21, 2012 at the Esparto depot. Jordan was a student in this class.


CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: On the Train (Ken Lin)

MORE AUDIO FILES FROM KEN’S DEPOT PROJECT: Train and Horse ManSheep and TrainFlapping Roof of DepotUpper QuarterWind and LeavesMechanical Rural LifeCountry Music and (Almond) Festival

This is one of several sound compositions by Ken Lin, inspired by an interview with Jack Mast in conjunctions with CCA’s ENGAGE Building Narratives: Installations for Transitional Space class. Ken offered a series of different soundscapes as part of his final project at the depot on April 21, 2012.