Programs We Support

CGCI President’s Project – $200.00

Christmas in the Park – $75

We purchase a tree for the club to decorate and display at Christmas in the Park, an annual San Jose holiday tradition that transforms Plaza de Cesar Chavez into a holiday fantasy.

2012     tree 2013     2015 Tree

Erikson School – $250

Full Circle Farm – $1000

There is a need for fundamental change in the way that we grow, get, and eat our food. Full Circle Farm represents a shift toward food systems that are local, fresh, and sustainable. Diversified, intensively managed crops and orchards grow on our eleven acre site at Peterson Middle School in Sunnyvale, California. Through our stewardship of this land, we honor our rich agricultural past while demonstrating how powerfully abundant our agricultural future can and should be.

Foothill DeAnza College Foundation – $500
This funds a scholarship for a horticultural student.

Garden to Table – $1000
Our mission is to create a sustainable local food system that builds community, improves access to healthy food, and teaches residents how to cultivate their own fruits and vegetables. We do this by harvesting and donating fruit from neglected trees, teaching garden and nutrition education at local elementary schools, working on policies to facilitate urban agriculture, and operating a 1-acre urban farm whose core goal is to generate maximum revenue to support all of our programs.

Holiday Donations 2015
SJGC members donated $1750 to the Second Harvest Food Bank which will provide 3500 meals to people in our community.

In addition we donated 61 stuffed toys to Children’s Interview Center who works with the SJ Police Dept and is the first contact with abused children removed from their homes.

La Mesa Verde Garden Project- $2000 
La Mesa Verde (LMV) assists participant families with all the materials needed to grow an organic garden in their home including raised beds, soil, drip irrigation system, seeds/seedlings and compost. It also provides classes on nutrition and cooking. This program is in collaboration with the Health Trust and Sacred Heart Community Services.

La Mesa Verde Thank You

value          pounds          Rodrigo

Lean Avenue Roses – volunteer opportunity
San Jose Garden Club members and friends maintain 200 City of San Jose rose bushes on Lean Avenue. Our group of volunteers trim for about an hour on the third Tuesday at 9 am (Calero and Lean Avenues). This is part of a City of San Jose Project.

Rose sign


Loaves and Fishes Kitchen Garden – $250
As a nonprofit organization that grows food with goal is to offer a source of fresh produce to help continue our goal of providing nutritious meals to the needy. The produce grown is used in salad, soup and main dish preparation to augment the produce donated to Loaves & Fishes.

Our City Forest – $1000Our mission is to cultivate a green and healthy Silicon Valley by engaging community members in the appreciation, protection, growth and maintenance of our urban ecosystem, especially our urban forest.

Penny Pines Reforestation Program, California – $612
Loose change is collected at meetings that is donated for the reforestation and tree maintenance as a result of forest fires in California National Forests. Cumulatively, we have donated close to $1000 to Stanislaus National Forest.

San Jose Heritage Rose Garden – $50
The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is dedicated to the study and appreciation of old and endangered roses. It’s an unexpected jewel in the midst of a revitalized downtown San Jose, California; a five-acre rose garden that contains 4,000 plants.

Sempervirens Fund – $500
Sempervirens Fund’s mission is to protect and permanently preserve redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, wildlife habitat, watersheds, and other important natural and scenic features of California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, and to encourage public appreciation and enjoyment of this environment.

Valley Verde – $1000

Valley Verde is a nonprofit organization that helps residents in Santa Clara County grow their own vegetables. Valley Verde has two programs:
  • We provide low income families with the knowledge and tools needed to grow and maintain their own organic vegetable gardens at no cost.
  • We sell gardening services and kits to individuals, organizations and businesses. Proceeds from sales are used to help more low-income families start their own organic vegetable gardens.

Veggielution – $2000
Veggielution is a 6 acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We empower people to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land, and tasting the fruits of their labor.

Veggilution Thank You

Salute to Veggilution!