School Gardens

The following is a list of schools that have gardens. Their role is critical in teaching children about where food comes from, allowing them to connect the farm with their plate. Support them, volunteer in them; encourage all the schools in the county to have a garden.

  • Anderson Valley: Anderson Valley elementary, middle and high schools
  • Covelo: Round Valley elementary, middle and high schools
  • Fort Bragg: Redwood Elementary, Dana Gray Elementary, Fort Bragg High
  • Laytonville: Laytonville elementary, middle and high schools
  • Leggett: Leggett elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Mendocino: Mendocino Middle School, Community School.
  • Point Arena: Point Arena elementary and high schools
  • Potter Valley: Potter Valley High
  • Ukiah: Calpella, Redwood Valley, Frank Zeek, Nokomis, Grace Hudson, Hopland, South Valley, Ukiah High, Pomolita, Eagle Peak, Yokayo.
  • Willits: Blosser Lane, Brookside, Willits High, San Hedrin High, Sherwood

If you want help starting a school garden project, check out the Gardens Project at www.gardensproject.org.

Food Banks & Food Distribution

The following list of food banks, soup kitchens and meal programs around the county provide an essential part of the food security of the county. Many welcome donations of excess produce from farms and gardens, including yours.

Anderson Valley Food Pantry
Food distribution: 3rd Tuesday of the month 9:00-11:30
United Methodist Church, 13850 Hwy 128, Boonville
895-3887

Fort Bragg Food Bank
Food distribution: Mon & Fri 12:00-3:00
Wed 12:00-4:00, Thurs 4:00-6:00
910 N. Franklin, Fort Bragg
964-9404
www.fortbraggfoodbank.org

Gualala Food Pantry
Food distribution: 2nd & 4th Fri: 11-12:30. (Except Nov: 2nd Fri & Wed before Thanksgiving)
37300 Church St (Church), Gualala
884-4330

Laytonville Food Pantry
Food distribution: 3rd Fri 2:00-4:00
375 Harwood Rd (Garden Club), Laytonville
984-6825

Leggett Food Pantry
Food distribution: 3rd Thurs 2:00-4:00
65100 Drive-Thru Tree Rd, Leggett
925-6343

Plowshares
Garden Project
1346 State St Ukiah, 462-8582
www.plowsharesfeeds.org

Point Arena Food Pantry
Food distribution: 2nd Tues 9:00-12:00
24000 So. Hwy 1 (VFW Hall), Point Arena
882-2137

Round Valley Food Pantry
Food distribution: 4th Tuesday 12:00-2:00
23925 Howard St (Library Bldg), Covelo
472-2601

Ukiah 1st Presbyterian Church Food Closet
Food distribution: Tue-Fri, 9-12
514 W. Church St Ukiah, 468-9235

Ukiah Food Bank
Food distribution: Mon & Fri, 9-2:30
General: Wed 11-6; Emergency: Mon,Tue,Thu 3-4, Fri 1-4;
Senior & Disabled: Fri 9-12
888 N. State St, Ukiah
463-2409

Willits Food Bank
Food distribution: Wed & Fri, 1-4:30
229 E. San Francisco St. Willits
459-3333

EBT/Food Stamp Match Program at Mendocino County Certified Farmers Markets
www.mcfarm.org/ebtfood-stamp-program

Hot Meals

Anderson Valley Senior Center
Tuesday and Thursday lunch, Last Tuesday dinner
Veterans Hall, Boonville, 895-3609

First Baptist Church
Friday noon
Franklin & Pine, Fort Bragg, 964-3422

Mendocino Presbyterian Church
Tues breakfast, Last Wed dinner
44831 Main St. Mendocino, 937-5441

Plowshares
Daily Lunch & Dinner
1346 State St Ukiah, 462-8582

Willits Daily Bread
Mon-Thu Dinner, 5:30-6:30
58 Bush St. Willits, 459-3947

Meal Delivery

Plowshares—Meals on Wheels
1346 State St Ukiah, 462-8582

Willits Seniors Inc
Home Meal Delivery Mon-Fri
1501 Baechtel Rd Willits, 459-682

Community Gardens

Community gardens are a vibrant part of a food system, a place where people come together to grow food, share ideas, and strengthen community. Almost every area in the county has at least one. Some support people in need, others are educational. Check them out if you have not already.

Butler Cherry Ranch Project
A community orchard project, keeping the ideals of Butler Cherry Ranch alive in the community.
Ph: 463-2736
Wb: www.butlercommunityorchard.org

Caspar Community Garden
Located at the Caspar Community Center
Contact: Paul Garvin
Ph: 964-0769

The Gardens Project of NCO Community Action

is the coordinating agency for The Gardens Network and facilitates the development and sustainability of community-supported gardens throughout Mendocino County. Check out the Green Xchange and our blog on our website.
Contact: Miles Gordon (Project Coordinator)
Ph: 462-2596 x103
Wb: www.gardensproject.org

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Mendocino County Jail Horticulture and Permaculture Program
Working with women inmates, the program grows organic vegetables for the jail and offers experience in gardening and permaculture practices.
Contact: Teri McCartney
Em: tmc582000@yahoo.com

Mendocino Community Garden
Mendocino Recreational Center
Ph: 937-3037

Noyo Food Forest Fort Bragg High School Learning Garden
Contact:Linda Pack
Ph: 964-0218
Wb: www.noyofoodforest.org
Em: info@noyofoodforest.org

Plowshares Garden Project
This non-profit organization provides approximately 5000 meals per month to the Ukiah Valley community. The Garden Project supplies the kitchen and community dining room with produce.
Ph: 937-3671 or 463-1760

Ukiah Valley Willits Community Garden
This garden is located at the Willits Integrated Service Center, 221-D Lenore, and run by the Willits Action Group. It is an educational and demonstration garden, a place for community service. Surplus food goes to the needy.
Ph: 459-7054
Em: rsvp@theSighting.com