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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, 47 acres of botanical bliss fronting the Pacific Ocean

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    Veggie harvest, cleaned and ready to donate!

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Vegetable Garden and Orchard

Created and maintained by staff and a dedicated group of volunteers, this five-acre garden is a mix of annual and perennial vegetables, medicinal and edible herbs, fruit trees, and flowering plants that attract beneficial insects. Our mild climate enables us to grow and harvest vegetables year-round. Vegetables suitable for the cool coast are grown without pesticides and herbicides. Beneficial techniques in soil building, plant selection, and natural pest control can be observed in our demonstration garden.

Each week, volunteers harvest the garden's bounty and deliver it to the Fort Bragg Food Bank. In 2013 we were able to donate more than 2,000 lbs of fresh produce. A major expansion of our Vegetable Garden in 2014 and 2015 allowed us to donate 6,274 lbs in 2014, 7,116 lbs in 2015, and 5,620 in 2016, and 6,115 last year! A new addition is a bed filled with plants that will be used for dyeing fibers and fabrics, in partnership with Pacific Textile Arts. The expansion of this garden means we have the ability to grow, utilize, and donate more produce, at the same time offering tremendous opportunities for education at multiple levels.

CLICK HERE to view more beautiful photos from our Vegetable Garden.


2018 Food Bank Donations TOTAL: 6,469 pounds!

January:  228 pounds

February: 276 pounds

Photo: A colorful harvest of beets by MCBG volunteer Nancy Housel

March: 337 pounds

April: 324 pounds

May: 223 pounds

June: 805 pounds

July: 682 pounds

August: 1,374 pounds

September: 1,040 pounds

October: 620 pounds

November: 293 pounds

December: 267 pounds


2018 Food Bank Donations GRAND TOTAL: 6,469 pounds

Monthly totals for 2018: CLICK HERE

2017 Food Bank Donations GRAND TOTAL: 6,115 pounds

Monthly totals for 2017: CLICK HERE

2016 Food Bank Donations GRAND TOTAL: 5,620 pounds

Monthly totals for 2016: CLICK HERE

2015 Food Bank Donation GRAND TOTAL: 7,116 pounds

Monthly totals for 2015: CLICK HERE

2014 Food Bank Donation GRAND TOTAL: 6,274 pounds

Monthly totals for 2014: CLICK HERE

If you have a passion for vegetables, more volunteers are welcome! Contact MCBG Gardener Jaime Jensen at lead_gardener@gardenbythesea.org or call Molly at 707-964-4352 ext. 10. Photo: A colorful harvest of beets by MCBG volunteer Nancy Housel.