Welcome to Camp Joy Gardens

A Demonstration Garden & Training Center for Small-scale, Diversified, Ecologically Sound Agriculture

Camp Joy Gardens is a small, organic family farm that is run as an educational non-profit organization. Since 1971 we have been teaching ourselves and others how to live more sustainable lives through gardening, animal husbandry, food preservation, and other skills of simple living. Over the years we have offered opportunities to learn by working with us hands on in the garden, as well as held classes on a variety of topics, for children and adults. The fruits, flowers and vegetables of our labor, in the past & presently, are sold to people locally in the Santa Cruz Mountains either through a CSA, to local stores or restaurants and at our annual events as delicious farm made products. We also joyfully arrange flowers for weddings and other special events.

It is our hope to use this website as a way to share some of what we have learned over the last 53 years of living close to the land, to offer seasonal glimpses of what is happening in the garden, and eventually, to help connect members of the Camp Joy community.