Date: Oct 21, 2013

Wendy Fink-Weber, Western Growers Sr. Director of Communications                          
office (949) 885-2256
cell (949) 302-4065

Luis Gonzalez, Director Community Affairs, Neighborhood House Association
619) 518-8958

WHAT: Children at the Neighborhood House Association’s (NHA) New Life Head Start child development center in San Diego will plant fall vegetables and learn the concept of the fall harvest in their own school garden. With the help of a garden grant from Western Growers Foundation (WGF), the child development center was able to plant an edible garden on the playground. The garden will support the innovative curriculum developed through the nationally recognized NHA Nutrition program. The center purchased fruit trees, vines, vegetables and they are now also growing kiwi, guava, banana, apples, persimmons and raspberries. The pre-school aged children have already transplanted from seeds, beans, corn, cucumber, lettuce, and pumpkin, and other vegetables.  Last week, the children learned about composting worms.

The event is open to members of the media and there will be opportunities for photos in the school’s garden and with children participating in activities throughout the garden. Reporters should contact Wendy Fink-Weber to cover the event (949) 302-4065 or for high-resolution photos after 1:30 p.m.  

The urban garden at the New Life Head Start Center encourages good nutrition, environmental stewardship and agricultural awareness in San Diego County. This past summer, the WGF sent New Life Head Start a $1,000 garden grant; a California School Garden Network, ”Gardens for Learning,” book; bookmarks and vegetable seeds to support the center’s nutrition gardening program.

This grant was made possible through a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, administered through the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to WGF. Western Growers Foundation worked with the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD) to provide 100 garden grants of $1,000 each to eligible child care centers or preschools participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  This is the second grant cycle awarded to WGF so to date, the WGF has awarded 200 pre-schools and child care centers a $1,000 each, totaling $200,000.

The foundation’s mission is to plant and sustain a fruit and vegetable garden in every willing California and Arizona school to help children learn hands-on the lessons of planting food and the nutritional value of fresh produce. Western Growers Foundation has made grants to more than 700 schools to date.

WHEN: Oct. 23, 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Center garden at New Life Head Start Center

766 28th Street, San Diego, CA 92102

Western Growers Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that supports innovative nutrition education projects and programs to create healthy individuals and communities. These projects include online consumer education through and school-age outreach with the School Garden Program.


Neighborhood House Association (NHA) was founded in 1914 and is one of San Diego County’s largest multi-purpose human services agencies.  NHA helps thousands of individuals and families improve their quality of life by providing vital social services including employment, healthcare, child, family and senior services.  Visit for more information.


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