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COC Demonstration Garden

COC demo garden

About the Demonstration Garden


The Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative encourages you to explore its County Operations Center Demonstration Garden.

Working collaboratively with external stakeholders, the Food System Initiative (FSI) set its sights on developing a demonstration garden on a County property to inspire and empower people to join a local community garden or create a small garden at home, and to help them access local, fresh, and healthy produce. This 400 square-foot Demonstration Garden was designed in collaboration with the Master Gardeners Association of San Diego County and the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). UCCE’s locally based experts bring practical, science-based answers to Californians on topics such as integrated pest management, nutrition, and agricultural economics.

The 20 x 20 working garden, celebrated by our elected leaders, teaches visitors and thousands of County employees about growing healthy fruit and vegetables in small spaces such as patio or backyard gardens. It is located in a highly visible location where thousands of employees work, and County customers conduct business, allowing our onsite volunteer gardeners the chance to answer questions and proactively promote learning.

FSI invites all residents to take a walk through the garden and learn about our seasonal produce and sustainability measures! Read more about the Garden here.

A honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a Mystic Spires Blue Salvia
A honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a Mystic Spires Blue Salvia