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Farm to Table

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STEP 1

With the guidance of Farmer Roy, we plant seeds in the greenhouse. It’s amazing how these tiny seeds will turn into lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more! We love getting help from our young friends, including our Kids Garden Club, local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other community groups.

STEP 2

With the help of some young friends, we take care of our little seedlings. We water them, add worms into the soil, and mix in nourishing compost that we make from recycles food scraps and organic materials right here at Sunshine Care.

STEP 3

We watch in amazement as slender shoots peek through the soil. When they are strong enough, it’s time to transfer them to one of Sunshine Care’s five organic gardens.

STEP 4

As our shoots sprout leaves and tiny vegetables, we continue to care for them. This includes weeding. As we garden, we share personal gardening stories from our past.

STEP 5

Wow! Look how the plants have grown. It’s time to start harvesting the bounty of all of our hard work. From our fall/winter garden, we pick lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, and kale. Our spring/fall garden gives us zucchini, cucumbers, melons, peppers, and so many tomatoes!

STEP 6

Our gardens can yield 20,000 pounds of produce a year! We give some of the extra food away to hungry families in Poway through a worthy program called Backyard Produce Project, but the vast majority of our harvest stays at Sunshine Care. Our residents enjoy healthy, tasty salads, tomato soup, veggie side dishes, and more that come straight from our garden! See some of our favorite garden recipes.

 

Sunshine Care is a place where our residents have the opportunity to actively contribute to many aspects of their experience, including their meals! Our farm-to-table program is one example of how we keep our residents continually engaged and involved. The best part is that everyone gets to enjoy the tasty fruits of their labor. It all starts with a single seed…

We put a new spin on locally-grown cuisine here at Sunshine Care! Our residents enjoy healthy, organic, and tasty meals with an extra dash of pride!