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Executive Director
Healy Vigderson
Gardens and Facilities Manager
Leonard Vargas

Nutrition Program Coordinator
Cherianne Barry

Coordinator of Volunteers and Outreach
Cristina Juarez
Development Assistant
Claire Groebner
Garden Educator
Ananda Gunasekara

Garden Support Staff
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:  Sam Dychter, M.D.
Vice  Chair: Trish Watlington
Treasurer:  Jacqueline Reynoso
Secretary:  Cathe Burnham
James Clark
Dennis Doyle, Ph.D.
Anne McEnany
Susana Villegas
Visit us during the Open House on September 24th from 10am to 1pm and take home seasonal fruits, & veggies freshly homestead from the garden

 Come out for the Taste of the Port!
September 22, 6PM - 9PM

Executive Creative Chef Katy Smith of Puesto will be competing in a contest for Olivewood Gardens.  If she wins, we get $1000 to support our programs.  Come out and join our cheering section!

Get your tickets HERE
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ThankYou Thank you to our Sponsors !
A huge thank you to our sponsors for their recent grants to support our programs:

   Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for our Teacher Training Academies and School Support Program

Clif Bar Family Foundation for our Children's Program

Wells Fargo for our High School Urban Agriculture Internship Program

The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation for our Children's Program

"Naturopathic and Allopathic Medicine: A Partnership in Healing"
October 8, 2016 5PM - 8PM
Visit Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center for an intimate outdoor
dinner, guided tour, and thought-provoking discussion in our beautiful
garden setting. Engage with local experts and enjoy authentic
farm-to-table cuisine from a celebrated San Diego restaurant.

F eatured Restaurant:  Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop  

Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop is an East Village staple that recaptures the simple and pure tastes found in locally grown, natural and organic ingredients. 

Featured Speaker: Dr. Shidfar Rouhani of Bastyr University

Dr. Rouhani utilizes all modalities of naturopathic medicine, including herbal medicine, physical medicine, clinical nutrition, IV and injection therapy, traditional Chinese medicine, homeopathy and hydrotherapy.

Upcoming Events and Programs
Healthy Holidays Cooking Class
Learn how to make a complete, healthy holiday meal.  Harvest and take home produce from the garden. Enjoy your creations in our beautiful Gardens!
Sunday, November 6th
11AM - 1:30 PM or 2PM - 4:30PM
Teacher Happy Hour and Open House
Learn about the great programs for schools and educators at Olivewood Gardens.  Tour the gardens, network with other educators, and taste recipes grown and prepared right at Olivewood.
September 16th, 3PM - 5:30PM
Open House
Visit our beautiful gardens, historic Victorian home, and learn about our programs!  Open House is on Saturday, September 24th from 10AM - 1PM. Tours start at 10:15AM and 12PM. 

Gardening Workshop
Interested in giving gardening a try?  Join us for a Gardening 101 workshop to learn the basics and essentials for organic gardening in San Diego .
September 24th 9AM - 12PM
Urban Solace Pop-Up 
October 13th, 5pm-8pm

Come out and support Olivewood while also supporting local business.  Eat and drink delicious specials at Urban Solace in North Park.

Participating vendors include:

More details to come

Milagro Sunday Supper
October 30th, 1pm 
Visit beautiful Milagro Farm & Winery for an amazing farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef Ryan Johnston and the Whisknladle team.  Half of the proceeds from the event will be donated to support programs at Olivewood Gardens.

Get tickets here

Internship Opportunities!
We're now accepting applications for the fall internships! 

Are you looking to get more experience working in a professional but alternative environment with children and youth? Do you want to learn different teaching styles? Do you want to learn new skills?
Do you want to build up your resume? 

Please help us spread the word about these great opportunities! 
Looking for a fun way to help our community become healthier?  Why not volunteer with Olivewood Gardens?  We have a role for you! 
Find Out More Here
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UpTo What We're Up To...August and September
  • We finished out the summer with a bang!  In August we hosted three summer field trips for students, as well as a Summer Day Camp.
  • The Kitchenistas met for their monthly meeting and participated in a Kefir water class led by amazing volunteer Rosa.
  • We completed our Project Impact program evaluation training and presented our findings to other organizations and community members at a showcase.
  • We hosted our first two birthday parties for children, as well as an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony and they were all great successes!
  • Channel 8 joined us in the wee hours of the morning to talk about our Adult Cooking Classes and Gardening Classes.  We hosted a Healthy Tapas Cooking Class on September 9th and will host a Gardening 101 workshop and Open House on September 24th.
  • Our 8th generation of future Kitchenistas began our Cooking for Salud program.  Chef Joe Pastry of Waters Fine Foods & Catering, Chef Marguerite Grifka of California's Table, Chef Matt Gordon of Urban Solace and Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, and Chef Miguel Valdez of The Red Door and Bar by Red Door have donated their time to teach these ladies how to make healthy, delicious recipes.  Thank you chefs!!
  • Olivewood participated in the National City Automotive Heritage Day, letting the community know about our programs.  We also hosted an Open House, a volunteer group of MIT alumni, and a yoga class...all on the same day!
  • Now that it's September, we have begun field trips with our partner schools Olivewood Elementary and Lincoln Acres Elementary.  We also hosted a group from the San Ysidro Health Center's Salsita Program.
  • We are welcoming on a slew of new interns, including both college and high school interns, who will be provided critical support for our programs. 
  • After successfully graduating the first round of students for the Urban Ag High School Internship Program in May, we couldn't wait to welcome the new group.  They just started the 12-week program for the fall semester! Thank you Wells Fargo for sponsoring this new program. 
  • Olivewood will participate in the SD Provider Fair, SDAPI Culinary Fusion Festival, and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Health & Wellness Fair.
recipe Featured Recipe
Eggplant and Mushroom Chipotle Tacos
Created by Claire Groebner
Serves 4-6

Ingredients and Directions for Eggplant and Mushroom Chipotle Tacos
1 medium or large eggplant, sliced in two inch pieces
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce, or more to evenly coat
2 Tablespoons olive oil, or more to evenly coat
ΒΌ teaspoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

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Eggplant Fun Facts
Eggplants are part of the nightshade family, which means they are related to tomatoes, peppers, and potatoes.  They are low in calories and sugar and provide important nutrients such as fiber, copper, and B vitamins.  In addition, they are rich in antioxidants and have cholesterol-lowering properties (The World's Healthiest Foods).
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