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 hands-on experience.

 

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 Garden
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 Program
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
  1. 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 Diego 92121

Tool Lending Library System

 

San Diego Youth Services (Spring Valley):

  • Hours of Operation:
  • Contact: Steven Jellá, (619) 221-8600 x229
  • Address:3845 Spring Drive, Spring Valley 91977
Tool Lending: Borrower's Rules

Solana Center:

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday (9AM - 5PM)
  • Contact: Elizabeth, (760) 436-7986 ex 225
  • Address: 137 North El Camino Real, Encinitas 92024
Tool Lending Policy

Wild Willow Farm:

  • Hours of Operation: Saturdays (1PM-4PM), Wednesdays (10AM-2PM)
  • Contact: Erynn Pierce, erynn@sandiegoroots.org, (619) 540-2431
  • Address: 2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego 92154

Borrower's Agreement and Waiver

Borrowing Policies and Conditions

Tool Safety Flyer

Tool Application Checklist

Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through the County of San Diego.

HHSA HealthyWorks

Gardening Curricula and Manuals:

Gardening 101: How to Grow Your Own Food

Full manual 
English | Spanish

Manual by section:

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 Community Gardens

Full manual
English | Spanish

Manual by section:


Gardening 201: How to Start and Manage Community Garden

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 Program

Full manual
English | Spanish

Manual by section:

Gardening 301: How to Start and Sustain a School Gardening Program

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.

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