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Executive Director
Healy Vigderson

Program Director
Diana Bergman
Gardens and Facilities Manager
Leonard Vargas

Nutrition Program Coordinator
Cherianne Barry

Coordinator of Volunteers and Outreach
Cristina Juarez
Development Assistant
Claire Groebner
Garden Support Staff
Ananda Gunasekara
Michael Ramirez
Adan Teposte

Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center was created by the 
International Community Foundation  to further its mission of ensuring healthy communities and healthy economies in the cross-border region.

Follow the Seasons with Fresh Veggies!
Olivewood Gardens offers
Farmer's Market Boxes from Specialty Produce!  The box ($20) includes a weekly selection of California-grown fruits and vegetables.  Specialty Produce donates $2 for every purchase to the Olivewood Gardens program fund.  To learn more or enroll, contact Cherianne Barry.
Board of Directors

Chair:  Mary L. Wlashok, Ph.D.
Vice  Chair: Sam Dychter, M.D.
Treasurer:  Richard L. Romney
Secretary:  Jacqueline Reynoso
Cathe Burnham
James Clark
Dennis Doyle, Ph.D.
Irma Gigli, M.D.
Anne Mcenany
Eleanor Navarra
Susana Villegas
Trish Watlington

Dine for a Cause at Puesto!

For every Coliflor Asada taco trio purchase, Puesto donates a dollar to Olivewood Gardens!  For locations and more about the restaurant, go HERE.
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We won't have another one like it for four years, so we are appreciating this extra day of beautiful gardens and cute kids while it lasts!  Today, one of our pre-schoolers was so beside himself with excitement after putting on his apron before entering the kitchen, he was wiggling all over saying "So happy, so happy!!"  It's moments like this we love to share with our Olivewood family...that joy, excitement, and happiness is what we strive to create through our programs - and you make it happen!

A special thanks to the Whole Kids Foundation for the recent grant supporting our Children's Garden and Nutrition Education Program.

kitchenThe Kitchenistas of National City at the 
San Diego Latino Film Festival!
As part of the Frontera Filmmakers, The Kitchenistas of National City will be screened on March 14th, at 6:15pm. Get your tickets early! 

Come early to meet the Kitchenistas and sample their recipes
Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Farm-to-Table or Farm-to-Fable?
Sunday, March 20, 5pm - 8pm
Join us for an intimate outdoor dinner, guided tour, and engaging talk about the San Diego food scene.

Featured Speaker: Troy Johnson

Featured Restaurant Team: Regional Chef Pete Balistreri, Executive Chefs Jeff Hubbard and Kara Snyder, and General Manager Leanne Ringquist 

Featured Restaurant: Tender Greens

Upcoming Events and Programs
Generating Healthy Eaters
 Learn tools and strategies for involving children and youth in safe food handling and preparation in a garden, kitchen, or classroom! 
$40/registration fee (waivers available)
Class Details and Registration
Creating and Sustaining Your School Garden
The CSYSG Academy is for teams working to create or enhance a school garden program. This training covers planning and designing a school garden, basic gardening skills, curricular connections, and outdoor classroom management- everything you need to get growing in the right direction!
 $40 registration fee (waivers available)
Class Details and Registration

Spring Break Day Camp! 
March 29th, 9:30am-1:30pm

Looking for Spring Break activities for your children? Get the kids OUTSIDE and INTO FUN!
Your child can spend the day at Olivewood Gardens! 
We've planned great activities to get your kids' minds and hands active and engaged in nature and health! 
$25 per child
Register here
Open House
Visit our beautiful gardens, historic Victorian home, and learn about our programs!  Open House is on 3/12/16 from 10AM to 1PM.  Tours start at 10:15AM and 12:15PM.
Open House Details

Looking for a new feel-good activity for 2016?  Why not volunteer with Olivewood Gardens?  We have a role for you! 
Find Out More Here

Energy Rate Changes
Energy rates are changing- spring into action & be ready. 
Read more HERE
Track your energy bills. Get an alert by text/email if your acct. reaches your pre-set goals.
Sign up HERE

UpTo What We're Up To...February
  • Students from National School District, Headstart programs, and other schools visited to enjoy the spring garden and harvest.
  • Children and parents joined us for our Valentine's Kid's Date Day, harvesting vegetables and cooking and enjoying a delicious meal together.
  • Our 7th generation of Kitchenistas started to learn about nutrition and healthy cooking with Patricia Perez of the San Ysidro Health Center, Chef Joe Pastry of Waters Fine Food and Catering, Chef Marguerite Grifka of California's Table, and Chef Cathie Robertson.
  • The Kitchenistas began to share their stories through playwriting with Playwrights Project's Border Line Series.
  • Couples came out on Valentine's Day to celebrate love and food at a unique Farm-to-Picnic Couple's Cooking Class with Chef Christina Ng of Chinita's Pies.
  • We hosted an Open House.
  • Families joined us for Food and Farm Family Day where they cooked up a delicious Veggie Pizza and got their hands dirty in the garden.
  • We attended a workshop about AB551, the new proposed measure for Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones, to learn more about expanding and strengthening our local food systems.
  • We welcomed five new High School Garden Interns, the first cohort of this new High School Internship program!
  • We participated in the Media Kick Off Party for the San Diego Latino Film Festival.
recipe Featured Recipe
Three Sisters Vegetarian Posole
Created by Chef Marguerite Grifka

3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
3 cups vegetable broth (or bouillon cubes and water)
¼ cup green onion, sliced
½ cup winter squash, small dice
1 cup assorted diced vegetables such as rutabaga, dark greens, white or purple cauliflower, etc.
1 can cooked pinto beans
1 can cooked hominy
1 lime
cilantro, radishes, cotija cheese, and avocado as a garnish, if desired


The 2016 Seedling Soirée will feature some of San Diego's hottest caterers and restaurants collaborating to create unique dishes that showcase San Diego County's organic and sustainably produced meats, seafood, produce, and confections.

For Tickets:  http://seedlingsoiree2016.bpt.me/
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