Non-profit organization raises money to restore historic 1872 Oxnard Farm

Once surrounded by fields of barley, lima beans and sugar beets, Oxnard’s historic Gottfried Maulhardt/Albert Pfeiler farm site has fallen into disrepair.

The Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation is hosting a fundraiser June 4, 2-7 p.m., to restore the 1870s farmhouse and convert it into a museum.

“It’s a difficult time to raise funds,” Jeff Maulhardt, director of the foundation. “We hope people will trust to help us invest in this property. It will be better in the future, and we will have a place where people can come.

The nonprofit needs to raise around $200,000 to begin the first phase of construction, he said. Crews will demolish parts of the farmhouse, install a period roof and prepare the foundations to raise the structure.

Maulhardt said he hopes to begin construction this summer, but the foundation still needs city approval.

Crews will raise the farm and perform cosmetic repairs in the second phase.

The Oxnard Historic Farm Park Foundation is hosting a fundraiser on June 4, 2-7 p.m., to restore Oxnard's Gottfried Maulhardt/Albert Pfeiler Farm Historic Site and convert it into a museum.

The foundation has saved about $50,000 so far, but Maulhardt hopes to raise an additional $50,000 during the event. The group also applied for several scholarships.

At the event, called Raise the Farmhouse, guests can step back in time. Built in 1872, the farmhouse is joined by a winery that once supplied the Chapel of Santa Clara, a carriage house, period farm equipment, vines, a small plantation of avocado trees and five gardens.

Guests can also enjoy Scooters BBQ & Catering, Nothing Bundt Cakes dessert, wine and live music.

They can also try Borchard beer, brewed by Poseidon Brewing Company in the style used in the 1800s.

The foundation will open the farmhouse and winery for tours, a rare opportunity as both structures are usually closed to the public.

Last year, Oxnard sold the property to the foundation for $50,000 to be paid over five years.

After the foundation made its first payment of $10,000, an anonymous donor gave the group $40,000 to pay the balance, Maulhardt said.

General admission tickets are $150, but VIP tickets are also available. To purchase a ticket, visit oxnardfarmpark.org.

Brian J. Varela covers Oxnard, Port Hueneme and Camarillo. He can be reached at [email protected] or 805-477-8014. You can also find him on Twitter @BrianVarela805.

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