General Meetings and Topics


9/12/18                  Farmer Roy Wilburn 

                           Fall & Winter    Organic Vegetables

The speaker at our first meeting of the 2018/19 year is Farmer Roy Wilburn who will talk about Fall and Winter Organic Vegetables.

In June of 2010, Roy Wilburn was hired as Sunshine Care’s Director of Horticulture. You can usually find him in one of the five organic gardens, producing high quality organic fruits and vegetables for the residents and those in need in the Poway area. Roy’s other responsibilities include maintaining Sunshine Care’s beautiful greenhouse, fruit tree orchards, Memorial Rose Garden and the landscaping of its 32-acre facility. As a Master Composter, Roy handles the compost and vermiculture programs. Twice a month, he is with local home-schooled children and residents, directing the Sunshine Care Garden Club’s “Seed to Table” program. In this program, the children learn all aspects of growing organic fruits and vegetables in their own “Children’s Garden” Included in this program are Sunshine Care residents who the children refer to as their “Grandmas and Grandpas.” Sunshine Care also offers a series of free garden lectures and workshops once a month. Roy and guest speakers cover a wide variety of horticultural issues pertaining to the particular time of year.

Roy came to Sunshine Care with more than 20 years of experience managing and operating vegetable and berry farms. Immediately after college he became an agriculturalist in the San Quintin Valley of Baja California Norte. For the next twenty years he was a hands-on grower and eventually owner of ranches up and down the Baja Peninsula. 

Upon returning to San Diego Roy worked for HerbThyme Farms in Oceanside, California as Grower/Manager of all sixteen herbs, both conventional and organic. 

Roy has worked closely with the University of California system, farm advisors all over the nation, seed companies, irrigation companies, and chemical companies to stay on the cutting edge of all technological aspects of agriculture. 

Roy’s research and education have led him to many growing areas in the USA, Mexico, Spain, Israel and the Netherlands. Always looking for an advantage in latest technologies, varieties and growing practices were crucial to stay on top. He was a member of the California Tomato Advisory Board; he was an Executive Board member at Peninsula Vegetable Exchange, Inc. and president of Island Horticultural Specialists, Inc. Mr. Wilburn has certificates in Post Harvest Handling and Completion of Vineyard Series from UC Davis and is a Licensed Private Applicator of Pesticides in California.

Check out Roy’s monthly blog at, dealing with relevant, seasonal topics in Sunshine Care’s gardens.

 10/10/18                Giana Crispell, Master Gardener

                           Native & Drought Tolerant Plants

 11/14/18                Eric Olsen 

                           History of Fertilizer

12/12/18                Holiday Potluck

                           No Speaker

 1/9/19                   Les Braund 

                           Intro to Mushrooms in SD

 2/13/19                 Lisa Rini Master Gardener 


 3/13/19                Jeff Moore 


 4/10/19                Regina Elling 

                          Pet Poultry in the Garden

 5/8/19                 Cynthia Pardoe 


6/12/19                 Year End Picnic in Collier Park 

                          & Installation of RGC Officers.



Ramona Garden Club/KW