Community Gardens

Mesa Verde's first Live Oak Community Garden project in mid-county has a demonstration garden and nearly a dozen young fruit trees. It’s on a sunny, open parcel in the thriving center of Live Oak. Located on property owned by United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz. Diverse garden membership makes for many gardening styles, and lots of co-learning/teaching.

  • Plots measure 15’ x 12’; members plant crops of own choosing in manner preferred
  • All projects are pesticide-free
  • Drip irrigation or watering cans are only methods of watering allowed, due to drought conditions
  • Member families pay $8/month to cover land and water costs, plus are asked to contribute 2 hours/month toward common projects
  • Location: 2091 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Contact Phone:  (c) 831.325.3521;  (o) 831.761.5639


Aptos Community Garden
The Aptos Community Garden is located at the Christ Lutheran Church of Aptos
10707 Soquel Drive
Aptos, California 95003
(831) 688-5727

Church office is open 9am – 1pm Monday – Friday.

Applications may be safely dropped off in our main mailbox. The top section drops into a locked area and will be picked up regularly.

Vince Mininni, Garden Supervisor
Between 9am-1pm, Monday-Thursday
(831) 295-3696 (cell)