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.
An event taking place the day before Thanksgiving will help feed between 300 to 500 homeless and low income San Diegans.
Six rural school districts as well as two schools in San Diego County's eastern region were closed Tuesday and around 30,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power because of powerful Santa Ana winds and elevated risk of wildfires.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.