Vallejo People’s Garden

…Growing Healthy Food, People, Community

“We are based on Mare Island and are committed to inspiring and educating our Vallejo community about gardening and growing organic food for one’s health and for the health of our planet.”

Vilma Aquino is the pioneering spirit behind the Vallejo People’s Garden. Her dream and her vision: “to convert the vacant lot at the corner of East Poplar and Oscar Streets on Mare Island into a garden to grow organic fruits and vegetables for the homeless, provide a place for people to learn about sustainable gardening practices, and to grow friendship and community.” The official ground breaking began in 2010.

Grant funding for materials came from Nature’s Path Organic Foods and Organic Gardening Magazine as a result of winning their nationwide Gardens For Good on-line contest. Two gardens won this grant, out of 267 proposals.

Vallejo People’s Garden is a non-profit, volunteer-driven oasis in the midst of a populated urban area that needs tender loving care on a regular basis. They are always looking for people passionate about gardening, those who want to learn more about gardening, and those who want to give back to the community. “Your efforts go to help the less fortunate by providing them with healthy organic food.”

Volunteer tasks change by the week but the priority is always focused on food production – so harvesting and replanting are common jobs. Regular tasks include: planting, composting, harvesting, weeding, maintaining, watering, seeding, transplanting, pruning, digging. Several master gardeners are on site, enabling volunteers to learn by doing. Get your hands dirty- no experience necessary!

To find out more about getting involved, call (707) 733-3874, be a friend on their Facebook page, or e-mail them at

Vallejo People’s Garden Pop-Up Event will be held on Sunday, September 12th from 3-7pm, featuring over 30 vendors offering food, arts and crafts, and music and entertainment.

Admission is FREE! Food vendors will include five vegan stands. As Master Gardener Elvie DeLeon pointed out, “Vallejo is a very diverse community with high rates of diabetes and heart disease.” Vegan diets can possibly reduce your risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels, and manage diabetes by lowering A1C levels.

Join us for the festivities – and remember to wear a mask. We all want to stay safe and healthy.

– Joye Ogrodowski


Informative classes are held every third Saturday at 1pm. They are open to the public and are free of charge.


September: Calif. Natives
October: Microgreens


January: Grafting
February: Pruning
March: Soils
April: Propagation
May: Pollinators
June: Honey Bees
July: Bonsai
August: Backyard Orchard
September: Home Vegetable Garden
October: Composting


January: Pests for Home & Garden
February: Weed Management
March: Plant Diseases
April: Drought Information

Call 707.733.3874 for further info.

Vallejo People’s Garden

growing healthy food, people, community

Behind 1055 Azuar Avenue, Mare Island

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