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Communities for Sustainable Monterey County


Our mission is to help our communities equitably implement sustainable and regenerative practices to slow and adapt to climate change.

The Big Idea

Communities for Sustainable Monterey County helps communities transition to sustainability in response to the climate crisis. This group’s Big Idea is to enhance an already-popular Oak Woodland Community Garden with: 1) a children’s exploration and reading garden; 2) senior- and toddler-friendly walking paths; 3) senior- and ADA-friendly garden beds; and 4) bilingual educational signage. This project will ensure that community members of all ages and abilities can be connected to the outdoors and to each other. Marina is experiencing tremendous growth and development, and volunteers are committed to keeping this green zone in the center of town accessible and vibrant. Donations will support new accessibility features, continued planting of oaks and other native plants, education about native plants—including indigenous uses and drought-resistant practices—and will leverage the literal and figurative seeds planted by volunteers over thousands of hours to keep this community garden in bloom.

“I have learned so much and gained even more from my time at the Oak Woodland. We are all so lucky to be a part of this project that brings together and inspires people for the good of all-kind. I feel such an incredible sense of belonging in this community volunteering at the Oak Woodland and amongst some of the best people Marina has to offer. I hope others can feel the same amount of love each of us pours into that beautiful Oak Woodland.” -- Joshelyn Martin, Marina

- Joshelyn Martin