School and Preschool Gardens


The Gardens Project collaborates with elementary, middle and high schools as well as Head Start and Child Development Centers and State Preschools in Mendocino create new school gardens. Each garden provides outdoor classroom space for the teachers to have activities with the children, and parents engage in the garden during workdays where they can take home produce for their families as well. Below you will find more information about some of our great school gardens.


Brookside Farm School

The Brookside Farm School in Willits distributes fresh produce to area residents and school cafeterias. Additionally, the farm incorporates hands-on activities for the K-2 grades at the elementary school and after school programs through the on-going development of the "Kids Garden."

For more information, contact the farmers Amanda and Luke amandasenseman@yahoo.com and lucas.howerter@gmail.com or check out their Facebook page here


Nokomis Head Start Garden

The Nokomis Head Start Garden in Ukiah provides outdoor classroom space for the children and staff of the Head Start facility as well as Nokomis Elementary school. To see more pictures, click here.


South Ukiah Head Start

The Family Garden at the South Ukiah Head Start was first developed in Winter 2009 and most recently had a remodel to better meet the current needs of the garden in Spring 2016. To see more pictures, click here.


Peach Tree Head Start

The Peach Tree Head Start Garden was developed in Ukiah in June of 2011 in an empty field next to the then “Orchard” Head Start center. In just a few months, with the dedication of teacher Janice Zacher and her family, the garden became a booming place for young children and their families to discover the magic of eating beans and tomatoes off the vine. In Autumn of 2015, the neighboring Veteran’s Affairs Clinic joined the garden space to help maintain the preschool garden as well as use some of the garden space for growing food to distribute weekly to Veterans at the clinic.


Talmage State Preschool

The Talmage State Preschool garden in Ukiah provides education and nutrition opportunities for qualifying low-income families. The garden is a place for children to explore, learn and eat in the same area that their food is produced! Families also have the opportunity to have their own plots for growing food for home. Development of this garden happened in Spring 2009 with a grant from FIRST 5 Mendocino and with assistance from the Preschool and MCOE River Schools’ students, parents and staff.


MCOE Youth Enterprise

On the same property, the MCOE Youth Enterprise Gardens at the Alternative Education Programs of Mendocino County Office of Education (MCOE) serve ‘at risk’ youth attending the alternative high and middle schools. The garden gives students the opportunity to learn marketing and small business skills in developing a business plan and executing it through the production and sales of the garden. This garden serves as a model for expansion to Juvenile Hall and other youth projects. For more information about this garden, contact the Site Supervisor, Pam Chiriboga, at pamc@mcoe.us or 707-467-0379.

We've also got gardens at these great schools!

Calpella Elementary

Eagle Peak Middle School

Grace Hudson Elementary

Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School

Nokomis Elementary

Noyo Food Forest

Oak Manor Elementary

Pomolita Middle School

Tree of Life Charter School

Willits Elementary Charter

Yokayo Elementary



And many more! In fact all 32 of Mendocino's public schools have gardens!


Learn more about School Gardens

If you're interested in volunteering with or donating to your local school garden, contact Terry D'Selkie at tdselkie@uusd.net.

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