Your donation helps support the preservation and development of this historic site.
This mission-Era Garden is an ongoing adventure in recreating a 200-year-old chapter in California’s history and that of Old Mission Santa Barbara.
When the Spanish founded this Mission in 1786, a “huerta”, or “garden”, was quickly established to provide a continual source of food. The original huerta was a 6- to 10-acre orchard/garden site where the Spanish introduced edible plants and crops of commerce. As the Spanish expanded the 21-Mission system north of Baja beginning in 1769, each Mission had to quickly become a self-sufficient agricultural outpost.
The Old Mission Santa Barbara Huerta project is a living museum, a repository garden. It is a collection of heirloom and historic plants that once grew during the 65-year Mission era from 1769-1834.
The huerta currently includes fruit trees, grape vines, and many types of herbs and edible plants.
Staffed solely by volunteers, funds are needed for tools, soil amendment materials, and plant materials to continue this horticultural adventure. Also needed are funds for an interpretive center on the site to educate the public and to document this important resource.