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    Preschoolers in Willits get their hands dirty in their school garden

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    Don Salvador of the Washington Ave garden

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    Ruthie of Vinewood Park Garden showing off her bounty of lettuce

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    Volunteers building raised beds for the Highlands Senior Center Garden

The Gardens Project

Sarah Marshall,  Project Manager | (707) 462-1958

Lucy Kramer, Project Coordinator | (707) 467-3239

The Gardens Project of North Coast Opportunities seeks to relieve hunger and inadequate nutrition throughout Mendocino and Lake Counties by creating access to community-based food production and local, nutritious food. We work with local government and private landowners to lease underutilized land around low-income neighborhoods for the creation of new community gardens.

Nationally, 1 in 7 Americans struggles to find access to fresh, healthy affordable food. In Mendocino County, 1 in 6 residents suffer from food scarcity, and in Lake County 1 in 5 residents also do not have enough to eat. People in Lake and Mendocino Counties experience hunger at higher rates than the national average because rural areas like ours have high unemployment rates, low-wage jobs, and lack of transportation to reliable food sources. 

We help people to E.A.T. by Empowering families to design and manage community gardens, creating Access to new land for food production, and Teaching all people in our community how to grow food.

Highlights of our work:

To learn more, visit The Gardens Project website.