Little Garden Parch Farm


at Little Garden Patch Farm in Soquel

Located on 3 beautiful wooded acres in Soquel, our play based, emergent program offers free access to painting, playdough, bubbles, fairy gardens, tree fort, swings, slide, trampoline, dress up, play kitchen, plus our covered outdoor art studio, gentle farm animals, and so much more!  Our indoor play room provides plenty of books, toys, games, puzzles, Legos, arts & crafts.  A good-sized country kitchen offers a space for baking and other cooking projects.

In addition, through observing wild life and participating in fun farm "chores" like milking goats, observing egg collection, gardening, and helping to feed the chickens, ducks, pony, and pigs children learn about and take joy in our natural world. 

Story time and hands-on craft and science projects develop creativity, self-confidence, social skills, and a deepening knowledge of science and nature.

A cozy home environment and nurturing staff completes a magical childhood wonderland that children and parents love.  Grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Children must be at least 5 years old to participate.

Hands on science! Milking a goat!

In addition
during Farm Camp sessions we plan special projects each day such as baking our own muffins, learning to tie-dye, or creating a personal fairy garden to take home.   Each week features a new theme, such as Medieval Make Believe, Dinosaur Days, or Magic School Bus.  Each of these exciting theme units incluces arts & crafts, hands on science and/or engineering, theme related stories and games, and snacks and cooking projects.

 Learn more about Little Garden Patch Farm's after school care  program, with pick up and transport to LGPF available for both Main Street and Soquel Elementary. Contact us for details and grades served!

Please surf our website for additional details About Us, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, information about After School Care  and Farm Camp and News about upcoming events. 

Or just contact us at    We look forward to answering your questions!

Little Garden Patch Farm


Pet chickens!

Hands on Earth Science!

Meet Lilly (and Violet) our pigs!  They are miniature pot bellied pigs whose role is to help chldren
cultivate the qualities of gentleness and patience while learning more about farm animals.
 They just LOVE to get belly rubs!



Look who's new at Little Garden Patch.
 It's Mia the pony!  Mia loves to greet the children after school and get lots of petting and praise.

 Here's what the kids are saying:
  She's so soft!
 She's so pretty!
 Mia is sooo sweet!  

 See more pictures of our farm animals!

Check out our mention in Growing Up in Santa Cruz!

Here is a highlight from the article:

Local mom Linnaea Avenell and her family recently made a move that affects not only her own family’s connection with the land but also extends that connection to local children. “For many years my husband and I have been very much committed to the idea that connecting kids with nature would help them become more caring stewards of our Earth and of the other creatures that share it,” Linnaea explains.

““Our most recent project in this vein is transforming our home/property here in Soquel into ‘Little Garden Patch Farm.’ Our goal has been to provide a space where children who might otherwise be stuck indoors all afternoon can enjoy child-led time playing outdoors the way so many kids no longer do.” Rather than sell the property in Soquel where she grew up and where her children and their friends got to roam, Linnaea’s family decided to move in and make it their business. Little Garden Patch Farm now welcomes children five and up for gardening and nature time.

“I love watching a child arrive here after school—tired, batteries running on empty—get thoroughly recharged from running about outside playing games of make believe, playing ‘farm’ with the toys in the sensory tables, shucking corn husks from the garden to feed the goats, laughing at the chickens, exuberantly chasing a ball, and giggling along at story time,” Linnaea says. “It makes all the farm chores and maintenance I do around here feel totally worthwhile!” 

PVF Farm Camp  Alums

Our friends at Peaceful Valley Farm  are packing it in while they pack it up and move into their new location in the Aptos Hills.  If you have surfed here at Pam's recommendation, please browse our site for more info or just send us some email.  We would love to meet you and talk about what we have to offer.    


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Learn About our Mission and Philosophy

We are more than a care facility, we are a second home and a place where your child can experience the natural world right in our backyard.    Read more ABOUT US

Learn About Our Staff

  • We are a fully licensed family run care program.

  •  Learn more about who helps out here at Little Garden Patch Farm

See More Photos of Little Garden Patch Farm

See additional scenes from around the farm. 

Frequently Asked Questions

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