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Mesa Verde Gardens

Organization Mission

Our mission at Mesa Verde Gardens is to build and sustain a network of organic community gardens that promotes the sharing of intergenerational cultural practices and improves overall health for families in the Pajaro Valley. We co-create gardens with members, who grow culturally-matched, organic fruits and vegetables.

In 2011, Mesa Verde Gardens launched its first garden for 30 low-income families to address the lack of access to fresh produce for people who harvest our nation’s food supply. Now, with seven gardens and two orchards, our work reaches 200 low-income families.

The Big Idea:
Food Security for Farm Workers – Help Launch an Heirloom Seedlings Social Enterprise!

We look forward to partnering with you to provide culturally-matched seedlings at no cost for families. We will use a seed bank established by farmworkers and provide them the opportunity to propagate seedlings from communal heirloom seeds — enabling families to provide their own food and eliminating an expense.

To do this, we need funds to help cover labor and materials to remodel our greenhouse and establish the seedling operations. Our cooperative social enterprise involves selling our organic heirloom seedlings to the public at the Watsonville farmers market, generating funds to continue our work, and increasing our visibility in the community.

Your contribution will go toward ensuring member families’ immediate need for food security, increasing sustainable farming practices, fostering seed biodiversity, and stewardship of our local habitat.

With this project, food security intersects with environmental and social justice.

I like to garden because it’s what I know how to do and I get to talk to people. When I am at the garden, my mind wanders, and it is lovely to remember the past. I enjoy gardening because it reminds me of old times in my village. I like to grow beans, squash and corn.


Jose, retired senior and Watsonville resident