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East County News Service


February 24, 2016 (San Diego) - The Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Greater San Diego County, in conjunction with Altman Plants of Vista, has announced its seventh annual School Plant Giveaway. Interested elementary schools throughout San Diego County may sign up to receive a mixed flat of twelve vegetable and herb seedlings, just in time for spring planting.  


Schools must preregister with the RCD in order to receive their plants. The registration form can be found at: Plants are given away on a first come, first served basis, so schools are encouraged to sign up early. 


The scheduled pick up dates and locations are:


Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

Olivewood Gardens, 2505 N Ave., National City 91950

SD County Office of Education, 6401 Linda Vista Road, San Diego 92111

Casita Center, 260 Cedar Road, Vista 92083


Friday, March 11, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.:

RCD Offices, 11769 Waterhill Road, Lakeside 92040


“School gardens provide a fun, hands-on way to teach children about healthy eating,” says Sheryl Landrum, Executive Director of the RCD. “With childhood obesity on the rise, more and more schools are making the commitment to create and maintain school gardens. This plant giveaway will help hundreds of schools get a jump start on their spring planting,” she added.


To learn more about how the RCD supports school gardens, visit, or contact Ann Baldridge, RCD Program Manager, at 619-562-0096 or




1. The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego [RCD] is a non-enterprise Special District organized under Division 9 the California State Public Resources Code.


2. RCDs are tasked with voluntary, natural resources conservation on public and private lands. The RCD’s boundaries encompass a service area of approximately 2,886 square miles or 1,847,300 acres throughout San Diego County.


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