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In homage to its original human inhabitants, the Ohlone people, we chose the name “Costanoa” or “coastal people.” Harkening back to the Ohlone’s stewardship of this area, our community strives to use green practices and local organic food production to create a new model of life farming near Silicon Valley, once known as “The Valley of Hearts Delight.” We are a “commons” because, at its core, Costanoa Commons is an effort undertaken together. We are collaborating out of a mutual concern for the well-being and future of our adult children with disabilities. We also understand that people with disabilities know the importance of human relationships, meaningful activities, giving back to the wider community, making their own choices, and having a lighter touch on the earth. We want to offer them a supportive workplace and offer the Santa Cruz community at large another resource for those living with developmental disabilities and the general public.

Microgreens grown in our aquaponics greenhouse

Microgreens grown in our aquaponics greenhouse

Our intergenerational beekeepers

Our intergenerational beekeepers