La Mesa Verde
La Mesa VerdeLa Mesa Verde (The Green Table) is a newly established community program dedicated to building organic vegetable gardens at the homes of low-income families in Santa Clara County. The Master Gardener program is collaborating with the Health Trust and Sacred Heart Community Services to support this exciting, ground-breaking project.
Phase OneIn August 2009, 30 low-income families were recruited for the pilot project. La Mesa Verde Program Director, Raul Lozano, consulted with Master Gardeners on the design and construction of raised beds. In September, Master Gardeners conducted classes on basic gardening and cool season vegetables for the participating families. Classes were offered in both English and Spanish.
On September 26th, families came to Sacred Heart Community Services and collected seeds and seedlings for their cool season gardens. Master Gardeners then helped each family plant their first garden. The gardens have thrived and provided fresh vegetables all winter long, enough for sharing with neighbors. The vegetables planted included lettuce, peas, chard, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, onions, garlic, and cilantro. Master Gardeners have continued to advise the families, answering questions and offering guidance as needed.