Mesa Verde Gardens has a new project in the works and all it needs is a little help from the community to come to fruition.
The Pajaro Community Orchard is Mesa Verde Gardens’ newest project serving the Pajaro Valley community in south Santa Cruz County. The half-acre orchard will be planted, tended and shared by Mesa Verde Gardens community garden members as part of their monthly work commitment. It will also be a peaceful green space of beauty and enjoyment for all Watsonville residents to enjoy.
Before it was the center of strawberry production in the U.S, the Pajaro Valley was known for decades as one of the most productive apple growing regions in the country! The Pajaro Community Orchard honors and continues that tradition. Mesa Verde Gardens is launching the orchard with the intention of stewardship for many years to come but also plans to develop ongoing partnerships to insure health and sustainability throughout the long life of the orchard.
Mesa Verde Gardens has set a goal to raise a minimum of $8,700 by Thursday, December 20, 2012 to fund creation of the orchard. Donations are now being accepted.
A Brief History of Mesa Verde Gardens
Mesa Verde Gardens is a small nonprofit serving the Pajaro Valley region in south Santa Cruz County. Begun just three years ago, they have been busy fulfilling their mission to empower low-income residents of Santa Cruz County to meet the immediate and basic need for food security by increasing their access to pesticide-free fresh fruits and vegetables through the creation of small organic gardens.
As a start-up nonprofit, Mesa Verde Gardens is under the 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.