A student checks out planters that are a part of the Ocean Knoll Farm. Photo by Jared Whitlock
A student checks out planters that are a part of the Ocean Knoll Farm. Photo by Jared Whitlock
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Ribbon cutting celebrates Ocean Knoll Farm

ENCINITAS — More than a year ago, debris blanketed the ground of a one-acre plot next to Ocean Knoll Elementary. 

But Mim Michelove and Camille Sowinski, along with the help of volunteers, spruced up the land, converting it into a school farm that grows produce for the nine schools in the Encinitas Union School District. On Oct. 3, school and city officials, as well as residents, marked the farm’s progress with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Strawberries take root in a planter at the Ocean Knoll Farm. Late-season tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, sweet peppers, romaine lettuce and more are currently growing on the one-acre farm. Photo by Jared WhitlockVarious officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left: EUSD Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Leighangela Brady, Mim Michelove, EUSD Trustee Marla Strich, Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer, Mayor Teresa Barth, EUSD Trustee Carol Skiljan, Jimbo’s owner Jimbo Someck, San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts, Chuck Matthews, the deputy director San Diego Health and Human Services and Camille Sowinski. Photo by Jared WhitlockFrom left: San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts, Mim Michelove and Deputy Mayor Lisa Shaffer pose in front of planters at the Ocean Knoll farm. Photo by Jared WhitlockA student runs next to planters at the Ocean Knoll Farm. Ocean Knoll students frequent the farm nearly every day to learn about the importance of eating healthy. And starting this November, other EUSD schools will visit the farm. Photo by Jared Whitlock