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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Great "Ding Dang" Garden Classes

Cynthia Mallison from Santa Clara - 03/18/2019 01:57:52

I've had the pleasure of taking three different garden classes through Love Apple Farms. The classes have been very educational, helpful, and entertaining all at the same time.

As an elementary school teacher, I know how hard it is to teach. Cynthia provides a great balance and environment.

Before my first class with her, I wondered why a garden class would take six hours! I found out that there's sooo much to learn! It's well worth any beginning, intermediate, or seasoned gardener to take her classes.

I'm looking forward to taking more of Cynthia's classes. Be ready to enjoy her humor and her wealth of knowledge! You'll have a "ding dang" (my favorite phrase of hers) good time!

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Outstanding Instructor

Pat Waite from SanJose, CA - 03/06/2019 20:53:27

It was recently my pleasure to take the Master Tomato Gardener Class at Cynthia's Love Apple Farms. I have been raising tomatoes for 30+ years, but the chance to pick up pointers from such a devoted fan of tomatoes was an opportunity I relished. Cynthia did not disappoint.

Her presentation style is filled with enthusiasm and keeps everybody engaged. She uses an excellent mixture of personal stories and science to get her points across. She has a great sense of humor, too.

I highly recommend Cynthia, either as a teacher at her Love Apple Farms venue, or a guest speaker at your event.

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Great Gardening Class:Designing the Perfect Garden

Rick Boyle from San Jose, CA - 02/10/2019 02:03:49

Cynthia is an amazing speaker, and her presentation today revealed so many useful secrets to help you optimize your garden's capacity and production. She brings her years of experience to the forefront and the material is entertaining, accessible and profoundly useful. Great class. And she is funny as well, that perfect combination of intellect and rye sense of humor. She can bring it.

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