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Our mission is to maintain a network of organic community gardens that promote the sharing of cultural practices and improves the health of families in the Pajaro Valley. 

Founded in 2011, Mesa Verde Gardens (MVG) works alongside residents of the Pajaro Valley to improve food security and health in our community. We collaborate with local churches, the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, and the City of Watsonville to provide access to land and build an equitable food system. With the support of garden members, we co-create community gardens where people can grow healthy, culturally matched, organic fruits and vegetables for their family. Our work is guided on the belief that all people have the right to healthy communities, resilient families, and self-empowerment.








DeAndre James

Interim Executive Director

Hugo Nava

Programs Coordinator

Sandra Gresham

Grant Writer

Ramiro Rocha

CSUMB Intern

Reverend Susan Birkolo

Advisory Board Member

Mireya Gomez-Contreras

Advisory Board Member

Victor Kimura

Advisory Board Member

Ana Rasmussen

Advisory Board Member & Founder

Mesa Verde Gardens is Joining
Pajaro Valley Community
Health Trust!



Mesa Verde Gardens empowers families to utilize their farming skills and cultural knowledge to grow organic vegetables and fruits, using sustainable farming practices, that nourish their loved ones.  Your support helps us grow a resilient and healthy community, steward local environment, and develop leadership skills to alleviate food insecurity in our community.

Your gift in any amount will go to support our community of gardeners.

Donation allows us to provide heirloom, organic, non-GMO vegetable seeds for a family

Or a $10 monthly donation provides a family with a garden plot and heirloom, organic, non-GMO vegetable seeds to grow nourishing produce

Or a $45 monthly donation sponsors healthy meals for two gardener assemblies, and provides two families with a garden plot and organic seeds


We appreciate the support from local individuals and business to help us reduce garden operations expenses. Your in-kind donation helps families reduce the start-up costs of garden materials needed for to cultivate healthy soils and grow produce. We welcome donations of wood-chips, compost, fish emulsion, gardening tools, organic seeds, and plant starts.


A great way to witness our work at Mesa Verde Gardens is to get your hands dirty at a garden workday, or volunteer to help with fundraising activities. We enjoy working alongside individuals and groups who are committed to building equitable food systems. Your volunteer work helps staff save time to accomplish additional tasks, and focus on gardeners engagement activities.



We'd love to hear from you!

Contact us at:
Phone: (831) 204-0032
Mesa Verde Gardens

Our mission is to maintain a network of organic community gardens that promote the sharing of cultural practices and improves the health of families in the Pajaro Valley.

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Mesa Verde Gardens

85 Nielson Street

Watsonville, CA  95076


Mesa Verde Gardens’ fiscal sponsor is the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID #: 94-11497020