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August 2015

Sept. 9 – Save the Date! Brush Management Meeting

By | Community Support, Upcoming Events

Brush Management Zone – Informational Meeting
Wednesday, September 9
9:00 AM
5106 Federal Blvd. #203

– Coffee and breakfast treats will be served –


Have you received a brush management citation from the City of
San Diego?
Community representatives and canyon stewards at Groundwork
invite you and your neighbors to meet with City Officials to
express your concerns.
You’re invited to:

  • Explain your situation directly to the city Fire Marshall
  • Partner with neighbors to reduce brush management costs
  • Learn how to comply with brush management regulations

Questions? Call Patrice Baker at 619-543-0430 or email Patrice at

Poetry in the Park

By | Community Support

“A community is a living organism. It has an identity that is unique, a culture that is its own.” – Poet in the Park

Creative Juices Flowing at Chollas Creek Crossing

Creative Juices Flowing at Chollas Creek Crossing

This summer was full of inspiration at Chollas Creek Crossing as the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority teamed up with Joi Jackson of the San Diego Black Writers Collective to lead a summer poetry workshop. Local residents gathered in the open air environment of the Creek to delve into topics of community, nature and cooperation through discussion, exploration, art and poetry. The event made it ever more apparent that civic engagement is paramount to revitalizing and protecting the Chollas Creek Crossing at 47th Street and Castana. The participants’ creative works were displayed throughout the park, including some of the anonymous stanzas below:

Poets gather at Chollas Creek Crossing

Poets gather at Chollas Creek Crossing










Chollas Creek Crossing, an Inspirational Space

Chollas Creek Crossing, an Inspirational Space

“Water rushing at a lightning speed to nowhere.”


“Insects crawling as if begging for a lift to a carnival.”


“By the flowing stream,

Though not always wet,

Flying bumbling beetles,

Bouncing off invisible walls.”


The Fishy Business of Aquaponics

By | Farm

Aquaponics is a centuries-old growing technique that combines the plant growing power of hydroponics (cultivating crops without soil) with aquaculture (raising aquatic animals like fish and shellfish) to create an efficient, looped ecosystem.  Simply explained, we have a tank with fish hooked up to a tank with plants.  The fish produce waste, which can be used as nutrients for the plants, while a healthy microbial and bacterial population convert minerals to usable forms for fish and plants.  Of course, the day-to-day operations of aquaponics are more complicated than that; we measure pH, dechlorinate and degas the water, feed the fish, and work out ratios that explain how many fish are supported by how many plants.  However, this small system set up at EarthLab is already serving as a valuable teaching tool for children and educators all across San Diego.  Children can learn about ecosystem interactions, math, statistics, chemistry and other STEM topics in a hands-on and engaging way.

We send a big thank you to Dr. Luke Duesbury of San Diego State University who generously donated and assembled this system.

– Farmer Adam Graves

The aquaponics system at the EarthLab couples fish and plants for a resource-efficient growing method

The aquaponics system at the EarthLab couples fish and plants for a resource-efficient growing method

Apoyo de la Comunidad

By | Community Support

No podemos tomar por hecho nada – nuestro medio ambiente, ni la comunidad, ni las escuelas de nuestros ninos. Durante empresarios tratan de construir apartamentos en la propiedad de la escuela en la esquina de Hilltop y Euclid, hay residentes como Elida Chavez expresan sus sentimientos…


“Soy residente de 40 años a partir de esta comunidad. Yo apoyo Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek en el desarrollo y ejecución del plan en movimiento. El desarrollo de este plan va a dar vida a nuestra comunidad y preparar a nuestros niños y jóvenes para un mejor estilo de vida. La educación es la clave y Fundamentación Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek es el lugar para nuestros hijos a participar en proyectos con la Universidad de California en San Diego y nuestras escuelas. El programa trae la tecnología de punta, el diseño y la creatividad de un sistema ecológico que beneficiará a toda la comunidad. Fundamentación Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek será un modelo para muchas otras ciudades que quieren lograr un cambio positivo y mantener vivo el sueño de una vida mejor. La participación en el crecimiento de la comida sana y el trabajo con la Madre Tierra le da vida al Espíritu de nuestra comunidad.


Mi mayor preocupación es mantener el arroyo de Chollas Creek un funcionamiento libre abierto arroyo. Como todos sabemos, debemos honrar y respetar a los dones de esta tierra que continúa y siempre representar a nuestros dueños de estas tierras …. la Nación Nativa Kumeyaay. El arroyo de Chollas Creek conecta nuestras Naciones Nativas en San Diego con la comunidad y nuestro océano. Pido a toda nuestra comunidad a unirse con Fundamentación San Diego-Chollas Creek en el apoyo a nuestros esfuerzos para mantener a todos los desarrolladores de cubriendo o de cierre de nuestro arroyo…el arroyo de Chollas Creek.”


– Elida Chavez, residente Oak Park-East San Diego

12 de Agosto, 2015


Sientes en profundidad sobre la preservacion del propiedad Hilltop para usos del comunidad y educacion? Puedes enviarnos un correo electronico en o puedes escribir en nuestra pagina de Facebook

Community Support for the EarthLab

By | Community Support, Uncategorized

We cannot take anything for granted, whether it be our environment, our communities, or even our children’s schools. As the Hilltop/Euclid property comes under threat of being re-purposed to high-density apartment buildings, passionate residents of the Chollas Creek Watershed are the greatest supporters of keeping the land in its best use for future generations.


Elida Chavez says it best…


” I am a resident of 40 years from this community.  I support Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek in the development and implementation of the plan in motion.  The development of this plan will bring life to our community and prepare our children and youth for a better lifestyle.  Education is the key and Groundwork San Diego Chollas Creek provides the setting for our children to engage in projects with University of California at San Diego and our [local] schools.  The program brings the up-to-date technology, design and creativity of an ecological system that will benefit the entire community.  Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek will be a model for many other cities that want to bring positive change and keeping the dream alive of better living.  The involvement in growing healthy food and working with Mother Earth will bring healing to the Spirit of our community.


My greatest concern is keeping Chollas Creek an open free running creek.  As we all know, we must honor and respect the gifts of this land that continues and will always represent our relatives….the Kumeyaay Nation.  Chollas Creek connects our Native Nations in San Diego with community and our ocean.  I ask our entire community to join Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek in supporting our efforts to keep all developers from filling or closing Chollas Creek. ”


– Elida Chavez, neighborhood resident

August 12, 2015


Do you feel passionately about preserving the Hilltop property for community space and outdoor learning in our schools? Send us an email at or post to our facebook page

Sunny Sunday Sunflowers

By | Farm

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It was a hot one, but the plants at the EarthLab Farm are shining in their full glory. These giant sunflowers could brighten anyone’s day! Here’s wishing you a good week ahead.

Celebrating Service with Supervisor Cox

By | Public Service

This week at the Groundwork Board Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, we recognized not only our volunteers and board members, but the public servants who work so hard to help this neighborhood to bloom. Board President Derryl Williams presented County Supervisor Greg Cox with an award for his exemplary commitment to environmental issues in urban communities. We’re so glad to have his support to champion this shared cause!

– Leslie Reynolds

Supervisor Cox is awarded for his service by Board President Derryl Williams

Supervisor Cox awarded for service by President Derryl Williams and Vice President Bill Ponder


Charlotte’s Farewell

By | Staff Blog

After arriving in San Diego from the United Kingdom for the very first time earlier this year, I quickly learned that not only was the weather beautiful but so were the natural landscapes in and around this city. My internship at Groundwork San Diego over the past six months has provided me with an amazing opportunity to get my hands dirty collecting field data out in the canyons, teaching habitat conservation at Groundwork’s very own EarthLab and creating a pollinator garden at the Del Mar Fairgrounds! Working alongside the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff I have gained so much from you all, and I want to thank you for this experience and opportunity!

– Charlotte Carter

Charlotte Carter smiles as brightly as the sun on Radio Canyon Day

Charlotte Carter smiles as brightly as the sun on Radio Canyon Day