Olivewood Gardens

Mission: To connect and motivate students and families from diverse backgrounds through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education, empowering them to be healthy and active citizens.

Started in February 2010, Olivewood Gardens, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is a community and garden resource facility located in National City, California and home to the International Community Foundation.  Olivewood Gardens is a type 1 supporting organization of the International Community Foundation.

Olivewood Gardens is a unique 6.85-acre property and is a destination primarily for students and families from underserved communities.  We are a team of mostly volunteers including chefs and food professionals that donate their time to teach hands-on cooking classes and master gardeners, scientists, and educators that volunteer as field instructors to teach gardening classes.

Olivewood Gardens provides standards-based in science and nutrition education, lessons in sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.  At Olivewood Gardens children and parents explore connections between plants, history, science, art, literature, math, and nutrition where learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a demonstration kitchen.  Fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested for nutrition classes, cooking demonstrations, and environmental education workshops.  Learning is centered within the context of organic gardens and a kitchen.

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