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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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ThankYouThank you Olivewood Family!!
The year 2015 is officially coming to a close and we want to thank all of the volunteers, supporters, donors, partners, friends, and community members that make our work possible.  Because of your dedication to healthy families, healthy environments, and healthy communities, we continue to grow and reach more families more effectively.  We look forward to starting off 2016 strong and to seeing you soon...there is always something new growing at the Gardens!

 From the Olivewood Staff, thank you and we wish you a wonderful New Year!

UpTo What We're Up To...December
  • Students from National School District and Headstart programs visited for the last field trips of 2015.
  • We attended the Chula Vista SDG&E Community Resource Fair and National City's Christmas on Brick Row event as a vendor.
  • The Kitchenistas came to the gardens to explore their creativity through art classes hosted by Artist Roberto Salas.
  • Families came out for our Food and Farm Family Program to learn together about healthy eating and gardening.
  • We hosted an Open House.
  • Our high school interns taught a successful For the Health of It program to students from Sweetwater High School.
  • We graduated another class of RLA participants.  These amazing women have big plans for the health and greening of National City and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish!
  • Olivewood celebrated the holidays with International Community Foundation staff and families.
Upcoming Events and Programs
Gardening Workshop: Season Extension 
Learn to extend the life of your plants by modifying the environment in simple ways! Class is on January 23rd from 9AM to 12PM.
Class Details
Open House
Visit our beautiful gardens, historic Victorian home, and learn about our programs!  Open House is from 10AM to 1PM.  Tours start at 10:15AM and 12:15PM.
Open House Details
Family Lunch
Bring your family out on February 6th for a fun and tasty outing to the Gardens. Harvest veggies together, prepare a meal, and enjoy it together as a family.  Program is from 10AM to 1PM.
Learn More
Valentine's Day Cooking Class
Bring your partner out for a unique culinary experience in our spring garden!  Learn new cooking techniques from Chef Christina Ng and enjoy a private picnic.  Several time slots available.
Get Tickets!
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
SDG&E Special Discount  
Connect someone you care about to a 35% energy bill discount.  There are 2 ways to qualify for the CARE discount:  Total household income and p articipation in a qualifying public assistance program (CalFresh, WIC, and more).
recipe Featured Recipe
Farm Vegetable Chilaquiles with Farm Eggs & Tomatillo Salsa
Created by Chef Hanis Cavin

Ingredients for Chilaquiles
bag of tortilla chips (Or you can make your own chips... use a dozen corn tortillas, cut into strips, and fry with extra virgin olive oil)
3 radishes, sliced
2 green onions, chopped
2 ears corn, cut off cob
1 jalapeño, minced
1 bell pepper, sliced thin
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
4 eggs
salt and pepper

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