Plant a Nopalerie (Large Garden of Prickly Pear Cactus)


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Wed Oct 05, 2016 09:00 AM - Wed Dec 06, 2017 01:00 PM


Immanuel Lutheran Church14103 Saratoga Avenue(on corner of Saratoga Ave and Seagraves Way)Saratoga, CA 95070

Prickly Pear Cacti


Opuntia ficus-indicas (prickly pear cactus) is a common food crop in many parts of the world. Consequently, it is known and desired as food by many immigrant populations in our area. Moreover, it is easy to grow, not invasive in this area, and requires no supplemental water once established. Over the next few months, we will plant about 300 prickly pear cacti plants on this site along with some Organ Pipe Cacti, Dragon Fruit, Peruvian Apple Cacti, Xoconostle, Figs, and a variety of perennial kitchen herbs. Our ultimate intent is to be able to deliver nopal each week to area food banks while also selling a portion at a local farmers market to cover our organizational expenses.

The work is not difficult. At this stage in the development of the garden, we are mostly seeding trays, watering trays previously seeded, taking cuttings, planting herbs or weeding. If you let us know in advance that you are coming, and have never eaten cactus fruits, we will make sure to have some on hand for you to try.

Volunteers are invited to join Bountiful Churchyards staff and unhoused associates for our community meal, always freshly made and usually vegetarian, between 11:30am and 12:30pm..


  • Farming
  • Gardening
  • Agronomy
  • Horticulture
  • Cooking / Catering
  • Nutrition

Good Match For

Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 12
  • Arrive when you want. Leave when you want.
  • Under 18 should come with an adult. Groups please register in advance so we bring enough tools.

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