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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Irrigation class

Katriina from California - 03/17/2020 10:58:08

Thank’s to Cynthia’s clear instruction, I feel confident to do my own irrigation system. My second class with her and I’m learning all the essentials.

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Drip Irrigation

Mark Allen Block from Capitola - 03/16/2020 16:10:59

Another great class from Cynthia. I really appreciate how she keeps it simple but includes all the information one needs. Even better is if you have questions she is quick to respond and always helpful. Thanks Cynthia!

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Best gardening instructor in SF Bay

Deborah DeFilippo from California - 03/01/2020 23:57:55

Cynthia Sandberg brought her local Love Apple Farms class experience to our HOA gardening group in Portola Valley, CA (8 miles west of Palo Alto) yesterday. She combined her Tomato Masters and Vegetable gardening class into one six hour class which included first class instruction with invaluable tips, q&a and each of us sowed a tray of tomatoes and vegetables that we’ll nurture until it’s time to plant. When we woke up this morning Cynthia had not only sent us her presentation slides and more instructions for our trays, her “links list” with external links to buy everything we need, articles, and links to lots and lots of other resources. The value Cynthia delivers is incredible (mind blowing in this day and age). But wait, there’s more, Cynthia gave each of us her mobile to text her with any questions. I used this with veggie questions last season, several times, and always received timely, helpful responses. Looking for someone to teach you all you need to know to get great results in your garden? Look no further than Love Apple Farms and owner Cynthia Sandberg. She’s brilliant, she’s worked this on her own farm for over two decades and very engaging.