Regional Garden Education Centers
Healthy WorksSM is supporting the next phase of
garden education in San Diego County.
The International Rescue Committee, Olivewood Gardens &
Learning Center, San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, San
Diego Youth Services, and Solana Center for Environmental
Innovation have been selected to host Regional Garden Education
Centers (RGEC), community-based hubs for garden education and
training. The RGEC model is based on the Victory Gardens San Diego
(VGSD) "University of Gardening" or "U-Gardening" education program
which offers hands-on, basic garden education. The RGEC
program extends this model to include classes in basic, community,
and school gardening. It offers classroom education and
About the Curricula (All are available for download below):
Gardening 101: How to Grow Your Own Food
This course offers eight lessons on the basics of gardening,
including: organics and permaculture; garden siting and design;
soil and composting; plants and botany; seeding and planting;
irrigation; weeds, pests, and disease; and harvesting. This
series will provide students with a mix of classroom education and
hands-on garden experience.
Gardening 201: How to Start and Manage a Community
This course offers six lessons on the fundamentals of
community garden organizing and management, including: asset-based
community development, finding and obtaining land, budgeting and
fundraising, garden design and supplies, day to day operations, and
how to be a good neighbor. This series will provide classroom
education and opportunities for active discussion and planning.
Gardening 301: How to Start and Sustain a School Gardening
This course offers eight lessons on building support for
school gardens among peers, educators, and administrators,
including: making the case for school gardening programs, building
a garden leadership team, garden planning and design, financially
sustaining your gardening program, community partnerships,
volunteers and joint use, curriculum and outdoor classroom
management, before- and after-school garden clubs, and gardens in
the wellness movement. This series will provide classroom education
and opportunities for active discussion and brainstorming.
These VGSD-trained and -supported sites offer courses to
the public at no cost from May 2011 to February 2012. Regional
tool lending libraries are planned to provide a place where
local residents can go to borrow garden tools and resources to
support efforts at home or in the community.
The RGEC sites are designed to spark a dynamic conversation
between local community members and organizations on the role
gardens can play in shaping a healthy, sustainable future.
For more information visit: www.HealthyWorks.org.
For more information, please contact JuliAnna Arnett, the
Senior Manager for the San Diego County Childhood Obesity
Initiative, a program of Community Health Improvement Partners.
The following documents reflect the tool library lending
policies for the Regional Garden Education Centers:
International Rescue Committee:
- Hours of Operation: Nov 5 - Feb. 29
- City Heights Community Garden: Fridays 4PM-6PM
- New Roots Community Farm: Weds 4:30-6PM, Sat. 9AM-12PM
- Contact: Anchi Mei, (619) 641-7510
- Address: 5348 University Avenue, San
Youth Services (Spring Valley):
- Hours of Operation:
- Contact: Steven Jellá, (619) 221-8600 x229
- Address:3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley 91977
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday (9AM - 5PM)
- Contact: Elizabeth, (760) 436-7986 ex 225
- Address: 137 North El Camino Real, Encinitas 92024
- Hours of Operation: Saturdays (1PM-4PM), Wednesdays
- Contact: Erynn Pierce, firstname.lastname@example.org,
- Address: 2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego 92154
Agreement and Waiver
Policies and Conditions
Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, through the County of San Diego.