Our mission is to connect our community through gardening.
An urban garden in Mountain View, California
The Soil&Water project took root in a local resident’s backyard. Viola’s family had gardened for years so when they learned of Soil&Water’s efforts to create more community gardens in Mountain View, they supported efforts by sharing their yard. Many of Soil&Water’s founding members want to teach their kids about where food comes from but live in apartments where gardening is not possible and the wait list for community gardens is too long. In December 2016, The City of Mountain View awarded land at Heritage Park to Soil&Water to run a truly shared community garden.
“Gardens facilitate teaching opportunities about food and nutrition that keep people active and to lead healthy lives.”
-Kavita Dave Coombe, Founder
We’re made up of Mountain View residents with a love for the outdoors, getting our hands dirty, and creating DIY projects. We want to help build a community space where people can come to gather, garden, create, and learn from each other. We welcome anyone interested to join us and get involved.
We are a project of the Los Altos Community Foundation. We are thankful to our donors and supporters like the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, Google, Inc and our volunteers.
Gardens support learning for young people because kids have a natural fascination with plants, bugs and how their food grows while encouraging healthy eating habits.
Last year, Soil&Water held over 68 workdays (that right! 68)! That is a lot of gardening days in one year! We had a lot of fun, made new friends, harvested approximately 3000 lbs of produce and held several events. Our events included cooking demonstrations, kid’s camps, and some DIY projects like salve made from beeswax and calendula oil. We wrapped up the year with a harvest festival.
We’ll kick off the year with our annual planting meeting January 30, 2019 from 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This is a meeting you don’t want to miss. This is where we decide what gets planted this year. If you are the expert on some crazy variety of heirloom squash, we want to hear from you! Or say you know more about tomatoes than anyone else, come give us your advice! Know how to keep those darn squirrels out of the garden???? please help!
Volunteer workdays are held during spring/summer at Soil&Water Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings and are family friendly. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know, and at the end you’ll receive portions of each harvest. Teenagers can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.