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Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley

Organization Mission

The mission of the Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley is to foster a healthy and equitable community for all in the Watsonville area through leadership in advocacy, collaboration, and wellness. We envision an equitable Pajaro Valley with health, wellness, and a full quality of life for all.

The Big Idea 2024:
Muzzio Park Community Garden

We are working closely with the City of Watsonville to build community gardens on vacant City property. In 2024, CHT plans to build a new garden at Muzzio Park, which is an area with high rates of poverty and food insecurity.

Muzzio Park is 1.12-acres near the Pajaro River levee and next door to Villa La Posada Apartments, a 42-unit, low-income complex. The new garden will feature 29 planter boxes, compost bins, rainwater catcher barrels, picnic tables, a tool shed and fencing.

The Muzzio Park Community Garden will provide communal space for a low-income community to grow their own produce, thus increasing access to fresh food, increasing the consumption of nutritious food, increasing physical activity, and enhancing well-being. We have seven years of experience with community gardens and a 25-year history of supporting an underserved community.

...We are all there to share our passion for growing our own food and it really makes you feel like you’re part of a community. And for my dad in particular, it’s been a life saver... it’s like therapy for him.

Lauren, Watsonville