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Welcome to the Earth Day 2021 Garden Page! On this page, you'll find exciting upcoming gardening projects, information about community gardens throughout San Diego County, and resources for making your own healthy at-home garden! Select the activity you want to start with by clicking the icons below. 

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The County of San Diego Operations Center (COC) is Building a Demonstration Garden!


 

What is the COC Demonstration Garden? 

On June 21, 2016 (27), the Board of Supervisors directed the Chief Administrative Officer to develop and implement the “Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative” (Food System Initiative), allowing the County to take on a greater role throughout the region in the advancement of a healthy, safe, and thriving food system.

Since its inception, the Food System Initiative has collaborated with stakeholders in the region to work towards a robust and resilient local food system that builds healthy communities, supports the economy, and enhances the environment. In collaboration with the Master Gardeners’, the Food System Initiative is developing a demonstration garden at the County Operations Center (COC) that will utilize an edible landscape design alongside educational sustainability measures, and will serve as a pilot project and demonstration site for the public, County staff, and local schools. 

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Garden Coming Soon

 

Grow Your Own Vegetables at One of San Diego County's Community Gardens


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Sweetwater Community Garden opened in 2020 and contains more than 200 garden plots with perimeter fencing and water hookups. Visitors have access to ample parking, restrooms, a drinking fountain, a gazebo with picnic tables, compost bins and a demonstration garden managed by the Bonita Valley Garden Club. Special events are held throughout the year for master gardeners and novices, alike! 

Sweetwater Community Garden is owned by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, and operated by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County. Exercise your green thumb while growing healthy produce, saving money, and connecting with your community. Learn more about reserving a plot at this location at rcdsandiego.org.

 

Sweetwater Community Garden Plot

The Tijuana River Valley Community Garden is the largest community garden in San Diego County, located in the southernmost portion of San Diego, within the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. The garden contains 210 garden plots, seven quarter-acre plots for education and demonstration, a native pollinator hedgerow, and a diversity of wildlife. It is owned by the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and operated by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County. Learn more about reserving a plot at this location at rcdsandieo.org

Visit! The garden is open to the public every day from 8 am until sunset. Visitors are welcome to walk the garden pathways, but please do not enter individual plots or pick produce without permission. There's also a Bird and Butterfly Garden nearby! Learn more about the County of San Diego's Tijuana River Valley Regional Park

 

Join Senior Park Ranger Mike for a Walk Through the Tijuana Valley Regional Park & Garden!

 

A Bird's-Eye View of the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden

 

Resources for Gardening in San Diego County


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Tree Planting

Do you know how to properly plant a tree? 

Learn from the County of San Diego Parks and Recreation team the importance of replanting native trees to replenish the tree canopy and create a diverse garden!

First, find the topmost root, dig a shallow and wide planting hole, and place the tree. Finally, learn how to water and care for your tree. 

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and supervised by the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), part of UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. San Diego County has over 300 Master Gardeners that provide home gardening and pest control information free to the public!

Master Gardeners support programs at school gardens, earth-friendly gardens, community gardens, and healthy-home gardens. They even host workshops and events! San Diego County residents can also call or email Master Gardeners anytime with questions about gardening or garden maintenance. Learn more at mastergardenersd.org.

The San Diego County Resource Conservation District (RCD) provides opportunities for residents to learn about gardening and get involved with gardening in their local community. Learn more about how RCD supports farms, pollonator habitats, school gardens, and community gardens at rcdsandiego.org.

Throughout California, the UC’s 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. UCCE San Diego County unites campus-based specialists with County of San Diego advisors to advocate for healthy communities, preserve land and water resources, and support local agriculture. Learn more about these cooperative efforts and upcoming events at ucanr.edu.

 

 

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Did you know that there is at least one San Diego County Certified Farmers’ Market on every day of the week? Produce sold by the farmer is grown in California and meets all California quality standards.

Support locally grown food by buying your produce directly from farmers! Find the best location and day for you at sdfarmbureau.org.

 

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Are you looking for a community supported agriculture program? Do you want to visit a farm stand? Use the UCSD Good Food Finder Tool to find good food in your neighborhood and directly support San Diego County farmers!

This tool provides also provides information about farmers that accept SNAP and EBT,  and farms or gardens owned or operated by BIPOC and women. Support your local food system today!