Leichtag Foundation
Leichtag Foundation Ranch in Encinitas – Photo by Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – ENCINITAS, Calif. — I’m not much of an outdoor planting type, but wine is fine with me, especially when it’s from the fruit of benevolence and friendship.

It may be a while before we get to sample the wines of our labor, but it’s always nice to get together with the volunteers with The Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas.

Together, and on a regular basis, a small band of giving people spend time investing their energy while building a common bond for the people of North County San Diego.

The Leichtag Ranch was purchased by the Foundation in December, 2012, and supports the Jewish traditions of ethical consumption; honoring the natural cycles of the Earth; lining the corners of the field with food for the strangers and poor; and ecological sustainability.

Photo by Donna Balancia Leichtag Foundation
Leichtag Foundation volunteers come together to build the vineyard – photo by Donna Balancia

People of all ages, faiths, and interests, devote time to planting and building the vineyards at Leichtag Foundation’s Ranch in Encinitas.

The Foundation recently pledged $1 million toward an education project at the San Diego Botanic Garden in an effort to keep with its theme of benevolence and teaming with local organizations.

Leichtag Foundation, the Encinitas Union School District and the Botanic Garden comprise the E3, a cluster formed to promote healthy living, education and self-sufficiency.