Costanoa Commons logo with the tagline, "We grow for life."
Costanoa Commons
April 2018
Spring work (and fun) day
Volunteers gather for a group picture before lunch.
We had yet another successful and fun work day at the farm on Saturday, April 14!

More than 100 new and returning volunteers accomplished so much, including hedgerow planting, greenhouse and raised bed building, weeding and hoeing in the garden, painting our new hatchery, assembling the new chick area gate, constructing a movable chicken fence, filling in that long trench, digging, and much more. All that you did to support Costanoa Commons Farm, where people with and without disabilities come together to create a lasting asset in our community, is greatly appreciated!

We enjoyed morning treats and a delicious lunch of homemade soup with some of our farm kale thanks to our hard working food crew. Music by Sylvia Grape lifted our spirits and added fun to the day. Committed volunteers stayed late to complete the cleanup.

Costanoa Commons Farm continues to grow and develop, thanks to the dedication of our volunteers. We are heartened by your generosity and truly grateful for your help. Without you, we can’t grow into the place we want to be — a community farm where people of all abilities can flourish and grow for life.

From all of us at Costanoa Commons Farm, a big thank you to everyone! We hope you had fun and that you will come back for our next work day. In the meantime, be sure to follow our progress on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Volunteers paint our new hatchery.
Justin working with Mom
Noah and Sylvia jamming
Picking Lettuce
It’s Saturday morning! Let’s go volunteer!
Palo Alto students lean on their shovels for a picture during a Tuesday volunteer day.
Well, let’s be honest. There are a lot of things today’s busy teens can be doing on the weekends, not the least of which is catching up on their sleep. If they visit Santa Cruz, many are here to enjoy the beach, the boardwalk, or some surfing. Lucky for us, some very generous young men from Gunn High School in Palo Alto have chosen to spend some of their Saturdays helping out Costanoa Commons Farm.

Last October, after they all had participated in our Fall work day, Jonathan Moran (right) organized a community service trip to our farm last October with his friends, Michael Gray (center), Hafez Mohseni (left), Thomas Milner (not pictured) and Haaken Pedersen (not pictured). These young men dug holes and planted gallon sized perennials that were donated to us by D.J.’s Growing Place in Napa. They also moved a large pile of wood chips, an important material for mulching our fruit trees and keeping weeds down between planting beds, to a more convenient site on the farm. On their last visit, Jonathan, Michael, and Hafez also helped plant a native hedgerow along the perimeter between our cultivated field and the remaining pasture.

These young men, growing up in Silicon Valley, have now made three trips to our farm as a group to help build our infrastructure and fulfill our mission. Willing to roll up their sleeves and do whatever is needed, they bring a great attitude and work ethic that we’ve really appreciated. You guys set the bar high and we are glad you’ve chosen our farm to focus your volunteer energies. We sure hope you can sleep in this Saturday!
The Human Race helps the farm
The Human Race 2018 logo.For the first time, Costanoa Commons is joining other community organizations in the 2018 Santa Cruz Human Race. To help the farm, you can contribute, you can raise funds from friends and family, and, of course, you can walk or run on May 12th.

To help, click the button now. If you have questions, contact

Note: After you register to raise funds, be sure to open your confirmation email to access your personal fundraising page.
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