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  


  • 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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tomato class

Diane Dovholuk from Sunol - 02/08/2018 23:43:49

A very well done class. Cynthia is very knowledgeable and informative. The presentation was straight forward, and any interruptions were handled well and covered completely. I would definitely recommend this class to others.

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Awesome Class!

Todd Latham from Boulder Creek, CA - 05/20/2017 14:10:46

I took Cynthia's Master Tomato Class last weekend as my girlfriend and I had purchased several different tomato plants from her the week before. The information was great especially considering that I knew nothing about growing tomatoes. What I really enjoyed was hearing her personal experience growing and using different approaches which led her to refine her technique. She presented the material in a very clear & straightforward manner as well. I definitely enjoyed the class and recommend it to anyone wanting to grow their own tomatoes. They will get a bounty of info and good advice. We look forward to swimming in tomatoes later this summer!

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3 Reasons Cynthia is Awesome!

Doug Rice from Castro Valley, CA - 05/02/2017 14:24:40

Cynthia stunned me at a recent presentation. She soared past even my highest most hopeful expectations for three reasons.

1. Knowledge. Her time tested success in the garden underwritten with through research from the top scientists provides a powerful rare combination.
2. Clarity of communication. Her attention to detail dove deep into the complexity required to reach the pinnacle of successful growing.
3. Organization. The structure and flow allowed us to absorb the plethora of information easily and the follow up, with notes, links, and email access for questions, assured the knowledge transfer.

If you get the opportunity to learn from Cynthia, jump on the opportunity. You'll be glad you did.