Diane Cynthia Kennedy (née Cywar)
I’ve been writing off and on since I was 11, publishing since 1987, and gardening since I was 6. I studied English and writing at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley, and then going about things backwards in my usual way, I studied plants and bugs at Mesa college. With this education and a retail and restaurant background, I logically became a County of San Diego Senior Park Ranger and Peace Officer Third Class, specializing in nature and local history walks and talks. After ten years I left the service and I became a middle school librarian in Bonsall, a tiny town next to Fallbrook, the avocado capital of the world and my home. Eight years later I changed again and was a seasonal tour guide for the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Then I discovered permaculture and now I own and operate Finch Frolic Garden, a permaculture habitat, and have devoted myself to passing on methods of regenerative living and gardening without chemicals.
My two adult children mean everything to me, and if I can make the world even a little better for them, then whatever I do is worth the effort.
AA degree in Landscape Architecture, Mesa College, 2020
Irrigation Certification, Mesa College, 2020
Quality Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) Certification, Mesa College, 2019
Dr. Elaine Ingham’s Soil Microbiology Class, 2014
Permaculture Design Certificate Course: San Diego Sustainable Institute, 2011
POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training), SD Community College, 1989
Nursery and Landscape Technology: Mesa College, San Diego, 1984 – 1986
English Lit./ Creative Writing: University of California, Berkeley 1981- 1983
Journalism/ Play writing: University of California, San Diego, 1979 – 1981
SOME PUBLISHING HISTORY:
Creekside Chat, the Moosa Creek Native Plant Nursery enewsletter, 2018 – present
Vegetariat.com; May 2010 – present
Articles for the San Diego Horticultural Society’s enewsletter, 2019 – present
Articles for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy’s enewsletter, 2018 – present
*Food for Thought, Edible San Diego magazine, Spring, 2009 edition.
*This Edible Life: The Maciel Family Farm, Edible San Diego magazine, Winter 2008 ed.
*Tipping the Scoville Scale, Edible San Diego magazine, Fall 2008 edition.
*Secret Dances: The Flavor of Honey. Edible San Diego magazine, Summer 2008 edition.
*Community Service Directors and Volunteer Coordinators. American Careers, High School Edition, Winter, 2004.
*Collar your Holiday Sales. Pet Product News, Sept., 2003.
*Taking Tea with Aunt Kate. Story published in Cricket Magazine, June 2003 edition.
*Sky Watching. Story in Splash magazine, Fall, 2003.
*Infosites: Finding the Best in Web Sites for Children’s Writers. Monthly column for the SCBWI San Diego newsletter from 2001 – 2005.
*Book Review for Journal of San Diego History on Encinitas: History and Heritage, 1999.
*Publicity for the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, including fliers, press releases, brochures, newspaper and magazine articles, educational materials, docent newsletters, lesson plans, tour guides, lectures on history, nature and careers for schools and organizations, 1989 – 2000.
*Selective Weeding. Organic Gardening magazine, February 1989.
*A Tubful Of Paradise: Create Your Own Herbal Bath. The Herb Companion magazine, June/July 1989.
Fallbrook Land Conservancy, Friends of the Fallbrook Library, Rancho Guajome Adobe Docent Program, Founder, North County Historical Committee.
2011 – Present: permaculturalist; owner Finch Frolic Gardens; lecturer, consultant and landscape designer.
1987 – Present: Freelance writer
2001- 2009: Library Media Specialist, Norman L. Sullivan Middle School, Bonsall, CA.
1989 – 2000: County of San Diego Senior Park Ranger.
1988 – 1989: Section manager for Nurseryland, Del Mar, CA.
1984 – 1987: Customer Service Representative for four McDonald’s Restaurants.
1983 – 1984: B. Dalton Bookseller, Oceanside, CA.
1981 – 1983: Crown Books, Berkeley, CA.
1979 – 1981: Production manager for UCSD’s The Daily Guardian.
2010 – Present: The Native Plant Restoration Team for the Fallbrook Land Conservancy (leading and co-leading since 2019).
2012- Present: The Bottom Shelf Bookstore, the Friends of the Fallbrook Library, managing and pricing for 14 sections.
*School and District Classified Employee of the Year, Bonsall Union School District, 2007.
*Directors of Volunteers in Agencies and the Volunteer Center’s Dee Warford-Kutch Award, 2000 for highest principles and ethics in volunteer administration.
*Environmental Educator of the Year, 1994, San Diego County Parks Department.
*Various citations and honorable mentions for educational effort with County Parks.
Writing, reading, education, research, animal rescue, heirloom and native plants, regenerative gardening, vegetarian and vegan cooking, beekeeping, folklore and mythology, travel, hiking, birding, music, social dancing, film, art and all of the sciences.