The Loma Garden
About Our Garden
The Loma Prieta Garden is a community effort. Our garden was started as outdoor classroom space during the school rebuilding effort after the 1989 earthquake , and then rebuilt again by parent volunteers in 2019 with higher beds, better weed control, a new herb garden & fruit trees.
TODAY, the garden program is entirely run by parent volunteers who teach easy garden lessons once a week to their children's classes. Our kids THRIVE with more outdoor time, the ability to pick and eat garden snacks each week, and learning about fruits and veggies from seed & tuber to table!
Our garden is ENTIRELY funded by parent donations, company matching donations, and small grants fromthe Loma Prieta Club & the Whole Kids Foundation.
What are we doing this SUMMER?
Summer students are having a blast in the garden in this year!
eating TONS of raspberries and blackberries
planting "Painted Mountain" Indian corn
examining bugs & flowers in our garden microscopes
helping clear out our class beds for the fall
observing all the different insects that like to visit our flowering artichokes
setting up our newly donated wine barrels for fall snap peas
The Garden is OPEN & FREE
Loma Prieta Community Food Sharing
Families in need are welcome to pick produce or herbs at any time, or take veggie starts from the tables near the entrance. The garden is never locked & no payment is required!
Our garden produce is used in the Loma & CTE Free & Reduced school lunches.
Our Santa Cruz Mountains are home to a rich multicultural history - we have preserved some of our agricultural biodiversity in the plants that we grow in the Loma Garden. See our historical signs below...