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The World Beat Center is active in collaborating with community organizations to provide nutrition/gardening programs in San Diego. The programs include school garden projects, school nutritional education programs, farm field trip program, a farm apprenticeship program, and health and cooking classes and events. Working with partner organizations, WBC has used our networking abilities to link the various agencies in San Diego committed to food security and centralize access to their varied services. Currently WBC is working to expand the amount of participants involved in our various program offerings. In partnership with our collaborating organizations our programs address the critical food crisis issues that San Diego County faces and provides innovative solutions.

School garden projects include Balboa Park Integration Program and World Beat Center collaborative inner city garden program serving over 6000 students, Ocean Beach Elementary School Garden, Morris High School Garden, Florence CDC and Elementary School Garden, and other sites under development. The gardens educate students on the various aspects of agriculture and nutrition while fostering a deep understanding and respect for the earth. All projects are somewhat limited in their ability to provide
a multi-faceted educational experience due to a lack resource organization and capacity building. A lack funding has prevented Pangea from being able to dedicate time to developing a comprehensive self-sufficient volunteer base to operate programs full-time.
 
WBC offers nutritional education to San Diego City Schools educating youth on various food security issues. Classes provide statistics and data, videos, healthy food option samples and comprehensive question and answer sessions. Classes are offered to schools, after school programs, and other community organizations that provide services to youth.
  
Organic Food Market Ocean Beach People’s founded the San Diego farm field trip program with currently serves one middle school site. WBC is working to expand the amount of schools and participants involved in this program. In addition, WBC has been communicating with partner farms to strengthen relationship and develop a wider range of opportunities for participants.
 
WBC has worked to develop a comprehensive farm apprenticeship program with our partner farms, La Milpa Organica and Tierra Miguel Foundation. Currently our project coordinator is working to recruit participants for the program. The program has the potential to teach San Diego City residents to grow their own food in their local urban setting producing food for their families and communities.
 

A wide range of classes and events are offered at The World Beat Center. The WBC serves as our local community center that connects us with low-income communities and also is the site of our satellite office. The classes and events our partnership offers are all aimed at improving the health of participants and include gardening, farming, meditation, tai chi, yoga, dance and drumming.

WBC is on the cuff of implementing a countywide community food security initiative that addresses the critical issues we face with a wide array of program and services. All of the programs listed are operating with limited capacity of service. We will build the capacity of these programs to serve more people and will recruit participants directly through our network of community organization.
 
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