Farm & Gardens

EUSD Farm Lab

The EUSD Farm Lab is located on Quail Gardens Drive between Leucadia and Encinitas Boulevards. In 2014, Healthy Day Partners had the privilege of helping to formulate the vision for this innovative center.

The core intent of the Farm Lab….

is to provide students with educational experiences that demonstrate the interconnectedness of nutrition, agriculture, and ecology. Through hands-on lessons in the field and in food and science labs, students will develop a rich understanding of the connection between our actions and our health, economy and environment. Key partnerships and community engagement will further enrich the program.

Farm Lab curriculum is designed to cultivate a deep appreciation for natural resources and to equip our students with the tools they require to make healthy choices.

The design of the Farm Lab also contemplates use of the space for holding after hour community programming as well as special events. The rustic Farm Lab setting will be an ideal location for harvest dinners and other fundraising events.

Farm Lab News


EUSD Farm Lab

Ocean Knoll Educational Farm

The Ocean Knoll Educational Farm (OKEF) in Encinitas, CA

  • Grows fresh food for all nine elementary schools in the Encinitas Union School District
  • Teaches kids valuable gardening and agricultural concepts and and skills that integrate with several subjects, such as math, science, art, health, physical education and social studies.
  • Provides an opportunity for community involvement. Looking for a good community project today. Join us at the Ocean Knoll Farm!

Learn more about the Ocean Knoll Educational Farm at their Facebook page.

OKEF Farm News

We are currently enhancing the student built recycled bottle nursery to add critter control and a hydroponic seed starter system.

Let there be chickens! A grant we have received from Frontier Natural Foods has allowed us to complete our chicken coop.

Construction has begun on our outdoor STEM classroom. We will be adding 40 more raised beds and 20 fruit trees thanks Dave Roberts and to the County Board of Supervisors.

Tomatoes and peppers grown at the OK Farm

Summer tomatoes and peppers transform into fresh marinara and pizza sauce for the school lunch program.

Building growing beds at the OK Farm

Volunteers build growing beds at the OK Farm

Recycled bottle greenhouse

With help from volunteers at Hug It Forward, our team of volunteers completed this recycled bottle greenhouse at the OK Farm.

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School Garden Mentorship Program

Like two great things that go great together, Chipotle and HDP have teamed up for the School Garden Mentorship Program. Together we provide guidance and support to school gardens in San Diego county.

Poway’s Design 39 Elementary School is the first benefactor of the new program and students are developing their school garden with teacher Kelly. The 2014 program will also support the OKEF and another recipient that we look forward to announcing soon.


School Garden Program

Healthy Day Partners works with the staff, parent volunteers, and students to:

  • Help school garden teams connect with community resources, such as free plant starts, seeds and volunteer groups.
  • Provide guidance on school garden design and best practices for sustainability.
  • Provide school garden teams with information about garden grant opportunities.
  • Collaborates with EUSD’s Child Nutrition Services Department to ensure that all school gardens comply with Department of Environmental Health requirements.
  • Host free gardening and composting workshops to educate the community, school garden coordinators and volunteers.