Healthy Day Partners joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on March 1, 2016 at a special screening of the movie “The Kids Menu” which features Healthy Day Partners’ Ocean Knoll Farm in Encinitas. The farm serves as a national example of garden education that works to empower youth to make healthier decisions. Healthy Day Partners became a Live Well San Diego partner because of their commitment to improving the health of the Encinitas community by supporting and implementing environmental and wellness programs at local schools, school districts and in the community.
Healthy Day Partners worked with the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD), a Live Well San Diego School District, as an advisor on their green facility upgrades which has resulted in a comprehensive green strategy that includes solar energy, chemical free cleaning, recycling, composting and rainwater collection. The successful implementation of these strategies resulted in the district being honored by the U.S. Department of Education and named as California’s Green Ribbon School District.
Healthy Day Partners also sponsors, developed and manages the EUSD’s one-acre farm on the Ocean Knoll Campus and helped the district develop its emerging Farm Lab. The one-acre Ocean Knoll Farm is the home of Straight to the Plate, a program growing food for all nine of the district’s schools. It is also home to Encinitas’ first food forest, and serves as a community destination for free composting and gardening workshops. The 10-acre emerging Farm Lab provides students with hands-on game-based science lessons in the field and in food and science labs; five acres of the farming space grows food for EUSD’s school lunch program.
Healthy Day Partners has been collaborating with the City of Encinitas, a Live Well San Diego partner, on a pilot fruit grove in Glen Park; working together on opportunities to teach residents sustainable growing methods and water conservation techniques. This collaborative effort has earned the City of Encinitas the Crown Communities Award from American City and County Magazine.
Moving forward, Healthy Day Partners is fully committed to the Live Well San Diego vision and will continue its successful programs that contribute towards a healthy, safe and thriving community.