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The Growing Grounds

The Mission of Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is to empower students and families from diverse backgrounds to be healthy and active citizens through organic gardening, environmental stewardship, and nutrition education. Our Vision is to reconnect students and families to the natural environment through food, education and community engagement.

Railroad in National City
Noyes House with Garden.
The grounds of the house were always good for gardens. The Walton’s took advantage of that to raise organic vegetables. The family turned to the garden as a source of healing when one of their family members was sick. Today the garden continues to grow, this time for UCSD Cancer Center Healing Food program. The produce is used for cooking classes for cancer patients and cancer survivors emphasizing nutritious eating and living.

In 1903 Oliver H. Noyes was listed as an orchardist in the San Diego City and County Directory.33 An orchardist was one who grew exotic foods. His variety of palm trees still exists to some extent. The Walton’s have carried on the efforts of Noyes, in a different manner but with the same intent.

In 2006, The Walton family donated the Noyes House to the International Community Foundation. It will serve as a historical center for the Foundation’s events and conferences to benefit cross-border community projects. The Noyes House continues as a centerpiece to the humanitarian work done by the International Community Foundation. Today we may continue to appreciate the workmanship of the time, learn the history of the era, and enjoy the pleasure of our Princess Anne.