Cynthia Sandberg

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2317 Vine Hill Road Santa Cruz, California 95065

Cynthia Sandberg, owner of Love Apple Farms in Central California, is an attorney, farmer, and educator. Her homestead is a Demeter-certified biodynamic farm and the exclusive kitchen garden for Michelin-starred Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos.

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Cynthia Sandberg


Cynthia Sandberg, owner and farmer, uses biodynamic and organic techniques to grow over 300 different cultivars of fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for Manresa 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 Keynote speaker for Monterey Master Gardener’s BootCamp, Sunset Celebration Weekend, San Francisco Flower & Garden ShowEco-FarmMAD 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 loveapplefarms@gmail.com.  


  • Tomato Mastery
  • Container Vegetable Gardening
  • Summer Vegetable Gardening
  • Winter Vegetable Gardening
  • Compost and Vermiculture
  • Herb Gardening
  • Farmer/Apprentice Relationships
  • Agritourism
  • Farmer/Chef Relationships
  • Creating a Successful Garden-Based Business
  • Biodynamic Practices
  • Garden Design


2317 Vine Hill Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95065

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Passionate, professional, innovative

Liv Wu from California - 05/06/2019 18:15:02

Cynthia Sandberg loves her work and loves bringing densely flavored, nutritious food to fruition through gardening. As a chef, I appreciate her attention to flavor and to the craft that brings that forward. She is passionate about her work as gardener and educator.

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Great class

Tamara Lopez from CA - 04/30/2019 19:11:30

So many nuggets of great information. Cynthia is a great teacher. Highly recommend this class.

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Drip irrigation de-mystified

Ed Blalock from Sacramento - 04/30/2019 15:47:41

Cynthia's class on drip irrigation really takes the mystery out of this seemingly daunting challenge. Drawing on her many years of experience she is able to guide you down the path to drip irrigation success avoiding the shortcomings that she has encountered along the way. She is a font of information which she is sharing to make us all better successful gardeners.

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