photo by Winifred Meiser

Kids, Gardening, and Community

Community leader Nancy B Jones was recently elected to the Vista Historical Society’s Vista Hall of Fame. After 19 years of teaching first grade at Alamosa Park Elementary School, in 2006 Nancy retired and dove head first into various volunteer projects, combining three of her interests to help kids, gardening, and community throughout Vista and North County.

Nancy coordinated a California School Garden Grant for Vista Unified School District which brought in $63,000 for gardens at 20 elementary, middle, and high schools from 2007 to 2009. She has also provided field trips to Guajome Regional Park for Earth Day to Alamosa Park first graders every year since 2010. As a member of the Vista Garden Club, Nancy served on the executive board as treasurer and corresponding secretary, coordinated the Club’s annual Scholarship Luncheon from 2007 to 2011, served as horticulture chairman from 2008 to 2013, was ice cream social chairman in 2010, and advisor from 2011 to 2012. She also serves on the board of directors of children’s programs at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens (AVBG), where she is known as Farmer Jones. Among other things, here she founded the Fall Fun Festival, has helped organize Earth Day celebrations every year since 2007, and continues to lead monthly Kids in the Garden classes to promote environmental awareness and gardening for children. For the Woman’s Club of Vista, Nancy has served as corresponding and recording secretary, newsletter and publicity, and club president from 2013 to this year. In 2012, she was recognized by the Boys & Girls Club of Vista with the Have a Heart for Kids award for her work with the youth of Vista. While these are just a few highlights of her achievements, Nancy will no doubt continue her work to improve and enrich Vista.

Other new Vista Hall of Fame inductees include Edwin Giles Hart, Alex and Julia McDougall, Karl and Peggy Ramsing, JC Wynne, and Howard Williams. For more information visit