Community Orchards

Our Orchards:  Living Testimony to our Long-term Commitment 

Since the fall of 2012, Mesa Verde Gardens has planted 125 fruit trees in 3 urban Community Orchards. Under the guidance of our very-part-time Orchard Manager, Mesa Verde Gardens member families and volunteers from the larger community tend these young trees, keeping them thriving and healthy for a long life of productivity, oxygen creation, and beauty.

Beginning in 2015, the trees have started bearing fruit year-round: 12 varieties of apple, 5 kinds of citrus, as well as pears, plums, aprium, pomegranates, walnuts, avocados, figs and blueberries.

Pajaro Community Orchard

Our largest, most ambitious and gorgeous Community Orchard, on a lush green slope in a quiet corner of town. A peaceful place to enjoy a quiet, reflective meander. Harvest will be for Mesa Verde Garden members who participate in at least one work day, and volunteers from larger community. Initial funding via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Located behind the Lutheran Community Church.

  • Founded     2012
  • Size      1/3 acre
  • # of trees     65
  • Location     95 Alta Vista Ave., Watsonville, CA

Mi Huerta Verde

This orchard is adjacent to Mi Jardin Verde, our flagship and largest garden. It is in the midst of the long-standing William Kennedy Flower Garden of the All Saints Episcopal Church. It is an area lush with mature, colorful, bee-attracting perennials that are perfect for fruit tree health and fertility.

  • Founded     2014
  • Size      1/4 acre
  • # of trees     30
  • Location     437 Rogers Ave., Watsonville, CA

Live Oak Community Orchard

Adjacent to Live Oak Community Garden, our first project in mid-county. It was planted with the hard work and dedication of a group of volunteers from UC Santa Cruz during their Alternative Spring Break.

  • Founded     2014
  • Size      1/8 acre
  • # of trees     20
  • Location     2091 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA