Love Apple Farms is only open to registered students and those who have signed up for a farm tour. We are located in the Santa Cruz mountains (coastal central California). Click here for a map to our location.
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We originally became known for growing 100 varieties of heirloom tomatoes each year. The farm is now the exclusive kitchen garden for world-renowned Manresa Restaurant (Los Gatos, California).
Cynthia Sandberg, owner and farmer, uses biodynamic and organic techniques to grow over 300 different cultivars of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for the restaurant. Beginning her work life as a trial attorney, Cynthia transitioned to farming after falling in love with gardening in her backyard on a bit more than one acre in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Founding Love Apple in 2000, Cynthia started as a tomato plant grower and had a small tomato fruit stand on her Ben Lomond property. In 2010, she purchased 22 acres on the former site of the Smothers Brothers Winery on Vine Hill Road in Santa Cruz and re-established her farm on the terraced hillside.
Achieving Demeter certification as a biodynamic farm in 2012 was a proud milestone for Love Apple. Cynthia has spoken at numerous gardening and farming conferences and garden clubs, including the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, Eco-Farm, MAD Symposium in Copenhagen and Nordic Barista Cup in Oslo, Norway. Cynthia is a sought-after garden speaker on topics such as Mastering the Art of the Tomato, Introduction to Biodynamic Gardening, Farmer/Chef Relationships, and How to Make a Living from your Backyard Garden. Cynthia can be contacted by emailing her at email@example.com
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The farm and Manresa restaurant are a mere fifteen minutes apart, nestled half way between San Francisco and Monterey. No restaurant can become one of the finest in the land without an incredible amount of struggle and hard work. So too, struggles the farm, striving to grow the best produce possible.
We give a number of fun and informative gardening and cooking classes at the farm during the year. Topics covered have included 'Tomato Seed Starting Class," "Cheese-Making," Chicken-Keeping," "Summer Vegetable Gardening," "Container Vegetable Gardening," "Bee-Keeping," Winter Vegetable Gardening," "Simple Drip Irrigation System," and our popular "Tomato Masters" class for real tomato aficionados. We welcome your suggestions for other class topics.
Love Apple Farms also offers off-site satellite workshops for organizations. If you are interested in bringing the farm to your business or club for an on-site workshop, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Love Apple Farms is home to the largest tomato plant sale in California, with well over 100 varieties of heirloom tomato seedlings (also called "starts") each spring, from March to June. Our retail greenhouse is at Ivy's Porch, located at 5311 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley. Click here for more info about our tomato plant sale.
The farm is not open to the general public, unless you are a registered student. We understand that it would be nice to allow anyone to come on to the property to take a tour around, but the farm is also a private residence, and uninvited guests are surprising and often inconvenient for us. If you'd like to schedule a private, paid tour of the farm, please go to that web page for dates and times.
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