Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Thomas Rogers


Mesa Verde Gardens has been a great asset in the Watsonville and Pajaro area by providing a unique way for people to live healthier lives. The community gardens have given people an opportunity to reach new standards for themselves. The organic produce being grown out of the seven different gardens in the area has accommodated the gardeners with delicious food for the entire season. In order to grow Mesa verde Gardens, an outreach project was conducted to allow people to familiarize with all seven gardens. These events included fundraisers, door to door outreach, and participation in community gatherings like festivals. Reaching an increase of 20% of membership sign-ups was a goal agreed upon staff, so that empty plots would begin to fill up. Most importantly, Mesa Verde Gardens wanted to make sure that the culture of gardening reached a majority of the community because of the benefits it has for everyone both physically and mentally.