Partners and Friends

Victory Gardens San Diego is part of a network that includes the following individuals, organizations and grassroots food-movement groups in our area:

San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project was formed to strengthen the local food movement in the San Diego region and to create a sustainable urban-rural partnership that brings healthy local food to our communities and sustains the working landscapes and people that feed us.

San Diego Community Garden Network If you need help getting a community garden started, or for anything else community garden related, we recommend the fine folks at SDCGN for all things related to Community Gardens. Their mission is to:

"Help create, support and grow community gardens that enrich their neighborhoods by enhancing food security, promoting a sustainable environment and fostering community based educational opportunities and community building.

"We focus on developing long-term partnerships to create community gardens that meet these goals through service-learning projects, workforce capacity building, and through intergenerational and multicultural outreach."

International Rescue Committee, San Diego Each year, more than 400 refugees arrive from East Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. IRC San Diego's multi-lingual staff work closely with refugees from the day they arrive to the day they become US citizens. Their many programs ensure that refugee families are successfully resettled in our community. They are creating the New Roots Community Farm to reconnect refugees with their agricultural roots and ease the transition to a new country. Crops will reflect those grown in refugee’s country of origin.

San Diego County Master Gardeners Association is one of the least-known treasure troves of information in San Diego County. Over one-hundred Master Gardeners provide home gardening and pest control information through out the county, FREE to the public. The Master Gardeners are volunteers trained and supervised by Farm Advisor Vincent Lazaneo, of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). The mission of the UCCE is to conduct research on issues impacting the county, and to put the results of that research to good use. Cooperative Extension offices are located in counties throughout the nation. The Cooperative Extension Office in the county of San Diego is called the Farm and Home Advisor Department.

Nan Sterman is a leading authority on gardening in California's dry Mediterranean Climate. Nan is a popular speaker at garden shows, botanical gardens, garden clubs and botanical societies throughout the State. She consults to The Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon, California, creating and teaching the very popular “Bye Bye Grass” class. She is also on the garden’s Blue Ribbon Committee. Nan serves on a voluntary committee for the San Diego County Water authority, and is chair person of the Encinitas Garden Festival, is on the board of the Garden Writers' Association, manages a 5,000 square foot school garden, and is involved in many other volunteer activities. A few years ago, Nan added garden design to her bag of tricks. She specializes in colorful and beautiful low-water gardens that are also low maintenance and environmentally friendly.

Slow Food Urban San Diego seeks to create dramatic and lasting change in our local food system. In addition, SFUSD support the mission, tenets, programs and values of Slow Food USA. Their mission is to reconnect Urban San Diegans with the each other, rediscover traditions and cultural heritage, educate and understand about plants, animals, fertile soils and waters that produce our food. They seek to inspire a transformation in food policy, production practices and market forces so that they ensure equity, sustainability and pleasure in the food we eat.

California Rare Fruit Growers of North San Diego County is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional fruit growers founded in 1968 by Paul Thomson and John Riley. There are 17 chapters located in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas. They share information about the propagation and growing of common and rare varieties of fruit. The group also exchanges plant material and assists commercial entities and researchers in the evaluation of new varieties of fruit. The parent organization produces a bi-monthly magazine called “The Fruit Gardener” which contains valuable information about fruit gardening. Each chapter has many activities, guest speakers, fruit tastings, plant sales and field trips related to the growing of fruit.

Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County People depend on soil, water, air, plants, and animals to survive. These natural resources are the source of our food, shelter, clothing, and recreation.

The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County provides technical, financial and educational assistance to help both rural and urban communities conserve, protect, and restore these natural resources.

San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative is a public/private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy environments for all children and families through advocacy, education, policy development, and environmental change. To fulfill its mission, the Initiative creates, supports, and mobilizes partners from multiple domains (i.e., sectors); provides leadership and vision; and coordinates county-wide efforts in the prevention and reduction of childhood obesity.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation: Their program areas are broad in scope, addressing both regional and national issues, and include: environmental education, pollution prevention, forest preservation, sustainable living and renewable technologies, and recycled product procurement. Home compost bins are available Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 4pm.

Mental Health Systems, Inc. was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. Their goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.

Shakti Rising is a social change organization transforming the lives of women, girls, and the larger community. We cultivate health and emerging leadership in women and girls, ultimately empowering them to utilize their personal transformation as a catalyst for positive change in their families and communities. This creates gradual cultural change that supports sustainable, cooperative, healthy societies.

Community HousingWorks is a San Diego non-profit that helps people and neighborhoods move up in the world by providing a full range of housing options combined with training and support. The program helps folks build and own beautiful affordable apartments; provides unique first-time homebuyer loans; and provides support and training that strengthens communities and helps families build a wealthier future.