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County announces new gardening education centers

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - County officials announced Tuesday the establishment of five gardening education centers, which they hope residents will use to learn how to grow healthy produce.

"Healthy eating can be a challenge due to rising food costs, lack of access to healthy produce and prevalence of inexpensive yet highly processed foods," according to Nick Macchione, director of the county Health and Human Services Agency. "Growing your own fruits and veggies is one way to eat healthier and stay active, both key strategies in preventing the serious toll of chronic diseases."

The centers are located at:

-- Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas;

-- East County Community Center, 3845 Spring Drive in Spring Valley;

-- International Rescue Committee, 5348 University Ave. in City Heights;

-- Wild Willow Farm, 2550 Sunset Ave. in Nestor; and

-- Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center, 2525 N Ave. in National City.

The centers will offer hands-on instruction in basic, community and school gardening.

Schedules for free classes can be found online at healthyworks.org/healthy-foods/school-and-community-gardens.

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