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Seed to Preschool

A Holistic Approach to Nutrition Education

Since 2006, Growing Minds has been expanding our child development center classrooms into vegetable gardens at each of our child development centers. The vegetable gardens at each site offer learningIn March of 2010, we started developing the Gardens at North River Road, in Oceanside CA. This garden is located on the property of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church on a ¾ acre lot adjacent to one of our seven preschools. The garden is both a production garden for  


       Improving lives by connecting Plants, People, and Community

our child development center kitchens, growing 5,000 pounds of fresh fruits that is incorporated into the lunches and snacks served to the children. The Gardens at North River Road, provides opportunities for volunteers, families, and child development center children to learn where their food comes from. Our preschoolers benefit from a diet rich in fresh vegetables.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Botanical Community Development Initiatives (BCDI).  BCDI connects community with botany.  The BCDI team will manage volunteer projects that supports our preschool program as well as grow a variety of wholesome produce to be incorporated in our school meal program. 

A View into Our Programs

A Growing Passion 

Growing Minds Edible Gardens - a part of the Learn-Grow-Live initiative

Today, there are gardens at each of Growing Minds' four preschools and our urban farm North River Road. These gardens are made possible with the tremendous effort of volunteers, and corporate supporters. Individuals, families, churches, and businesses that volunteer in our garden program contribute 2150 volunteer hours annually- more than one full time employee!

If you would like to Volunteer in our gardens or any other program with Growing Minds, please click the button below to email us.

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