Three cheers for our volunteers!

We are so lucky here at Groundwork to not only be surrounded with such great people in a special community, but to have the help of truly wonderful volunteers. Thanks to them, we’re able to make the great strides that … Continued

A Prickly Project

Our native prickly pear (Opuntia littoralis) has a bad case of cochineal scale. The white fluff is covering the pads and causing them to dry out and break down. We are working to eradicate this insect infestation by scrubbing it … Continued

A Stroll in the Canyon

Over the past few weeks I have had the wonderful opportunity to be out in Radio Canyon and neighboring Encanto Canyon on a regular basis. Our project has been to collect field data to measure the success of the recent … Continued

School’s in For Summer

Voice of San Diego’s Mario Koran highlights Groundwork’s summer education program as a model for improving success throughout the school year. An insightful article about reversing the trend of summer learning digression and the future of neighborhood vitality in San … Continued

Bountiful Harvest

Summer is here and so is more fresh produce! The compost is steaming and the sunflowers are blooming (and 15 feet tall!)  At the EarthLab farm we’re pulling in a bumper crop of radishes, zucchini, cucumbers and more.  Next up … Continued


This weekend’s torrential rains gave unexpected relief to our pioneering native plants out in the canyon. Back at the propagation center where it all begins, we cleaned and planted the seeds of jojoba or “goat nut” (Simmondsia chinensis). This handy … Continued

Elementary Scientists

Another exciting day outside at the EarthLab! Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) students came out for a fun-filled day of environmental conservation and outdoor education science activities. Students had the chance to experiment with different scientific tools such as binoculars, … Continued

FarmBlog: Radishes and Zucchinis are in!

The farm is flourishing and the produce is beginning to flow!  As part of our lovely summer program, we have harvested a fresh crop of swiss chard, zucchini, cucumber, radishes and pumpkins and given them away to our teachers, students … Continued

Quenching Hopes

Amidst the cries of “Statewide drought!”, summer thunderbolts crack and rain drops fall on plump, tart elderberry clusters. This year has been full of unexpected weather, but no surprise will stop us from charging forward at Groundwork. We have all … Continued

Native Plant Seed Collection

There are over 2000 one-gallon plants in the EarthLab’s native plant growing area.    Many of these plants were propagated by cuttings but most have been grown from local seed.   Even though the growing area is full of plants we are … Continued