Friends of Fire Mountain

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Shop for Local, Organic Veggies at Cyclops Farms

cyclops logo If you haven’t driven down Avocado Road lately then you may have missed it, but you’ll want to make a detour on either Tuesdays or Saturdays to get fresh vegetables and flowers at great prices. Cyclops Farms, a family owned and run CCOF certified organic farm, broke ground at 1448 Avocado Road in February and is serving up flowers and vegetables to residents and local markets and restaurants like Cream of the Crop and The Privateer.

Founder, Luke Girling, attended Oceanside High, graduated from The Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems farming program at The University of Santa Cruz in 2013 and has been the farm manager for the farm to table experience at West Steakhouse and Bistro West for the last two years. He, his wife, and two young children started farming their own yard in south Oceanside and launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise what they needed to fund the expanded location on Fire Mountain.  There’s a great video from the Kickstarter campaign that tells all about the project on the Osider web site – be sure to check it out here.

Fire Mountain prides itself on riding that line between urban and rural Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.02.50 PMand Cyclops Farms is a perfect addition to that vibe – taking what was once an empty yard that kept residents guessing what might happen to it, they created something that residents can be a part of and benefit from. The farm to table operation will be growing certified organic seasonal veggies and they anticipate that some of the out-of-the-ordinary items they offer will inspire people to cook creatively.

When you talk to Luke, his passion for healthy food shows and his excitement about the farm and the community will make you just as excited to eat healthy veggies and support this business. When we stopped by the farm they had tons of different types of peppers (from mild to hot) as well as tasty tomatoes, three kinds of squash and fresh, pretty flowers. They plan to have pumpkins available starting this weekend and you can bring the kids and pick out your own. Support your local farmer by bringing home healthy, safe foods!

Screen Shot 2015-10-01 at 4.42.33 PMCyclops Farms : 1448 Avocado Rd. Oceanside, CA 92054
Farm Stand Hours:
Tuesday 3:0 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am- 12:30 pm

Check the Cyclops Farms Facebook page for updates on what’s available

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I5/78 Interchange Plans Could End Beach Access from Fire Mountain

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If you’ve been following the planning of the widening of I-5, specifically the I-5/78 interchange, you know it’s hurtling into our neighborhood faster than any speeding car, truck or van on the I-5 freeway.

A meeting took place last month in Carlsbad for public comment, but one has not been held in Oceanside, so we’ve gathered as much of the mountain of information as possible below:

There have been several conversations with Cal Trans and there are still many open questions. We’ve been following the discussion from both the South O Residents Association and Shari Mackin on and want to share some of the highlights (or lowlights, depending on your outlook).  But to stay up to date, be sure to either follow the updates on or sign up for alerts and info by signing up on the google form here.

Cal Trans has received well over 100 comments during the community meeting in Carlsbad. They are still reviewing/studying the comments which will lead them to the project/s they will present to study at the Scoping Meeting which she states will be held in late May or early June 2015.

CalTrans will continue to accept and review public comments/input regarding which alternative/s they will study. According to CalTrans, comments continue to “trickle” in. Please note, added to the scenarios is a NO BUILD option.

If you were unable to attend the meeting in Carlsbad, please complete the attached Comment Slip and return to CalTrans via email. You can review the information here:…

Email your Comment Slip (if you can’t scan and upload, cut and paste into an email)

Finally, PLEASE email your council members asking that they request that the Scoping Meeting is held in OCEANSIDE! We will have the majority of impacts and we are one of the largest cities in San Diego County –

Our representative to SANDAG (Mayor Jim Wood) and Alternate Council Member Chuck Lowery) should be able to work with CalTrans to have the meeting in Oceanside.

From the most recent emails we’ve received here are the overviews of Worst-case scenarios and the issues they present:

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Hit and Run on Fire Mountain Dr. – Police Looking for Suspects

As you may have heard there was a hit and run in the 2300 block of Fire Mountain Drive on December 31st at approximately 9:30 a.m.

The man and his dog were badly injured and rushed to the hospital. They are both in recovery and lucky to be alive.

Some young witnesses have come forward with a bit of information, including a description of the driver, and police are looking for a white Ford E2 Series Van with dark tinted rear windows. If you have any information, please contact the Oceanside PD.

We have also learned that the man hit, Mark Buczek, from the 1800 block of Avocado Rd., has started a Go Fund Me project to help with the medical expenses for he and his dog Bailey. While they did have some human insurance, the bills for he and the dog and their physical therapy and recovery add up quickly.

Here is the message from Mark and his wife Megan:


My name is Megan Buczek and we are residents in the neighborhood and live on Avocado Rd..
On the 31st of December my husband Mark and our dog Bailey were struck hit and run while on their morning walk on Fire Mountain Rd.

We are seeking assistance on identifying the vehicle and set up a site to help with Mark and Baileys expenses.

Please post this link for your members the neighbors that may have information, wish to help or share on their FB pages

Thank you sincerely,


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Zero Waste Challenge Comes to Fire Mountain

LoveYourPlanetPRINT(V1)_Page_1The City of Oceanside is introducing a new program to Fire Mountain residents. The City’s Green Oceanside team has partnered with Solana Center to offer residents of Fire Mountain an opportunity to be part of the first ever zero waste home/ backyard compost program. The program was created to help Oceanside residents implement zero waste practices, such as reducing overall waste, increasing recycling and implementing composting into their everyday lives.  Fire Mountain has been chosen as the neighborhood to represent a zero waste model to inspire similar programs.

This is an 8-Week program that provides continuous support, hands on training, and a zero waste kit valued at over $500 to get you started. There will be a representative on-hand at the Holly Jolly on Molly, Sunday December 7th with more information about the program as well as sign up opportunities. With the success and recognition the Green Team and Zero Waste initiative at Palmquist Elementary, it makes sense that the adults in the neighborhood would help make the community a role model for other neighborhoods and cities.

Only   5 teams of 5 families will be chosen to participate, so check out the flyer for details and sign up to be a part of the change in Oceanside!LoveYourPlanetPRINT(V1)_Page_2

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Palmquist Yard Sale – Saturday, October 4th

Palmquist yard sale

When: Saturday, October 4th, 9am-12pm

Where: Palmquist Elementary, 1999 California Street, Oceanside, CA 92054

We are looking for your “Fall Clean Out” items as donations to the sale.


Host your own space for $30! Small business vendors encouraged as well. 

Approx. Space 15’x15′. You provide your own table and chairs. No electrical power provided.

If interested in donating or hosting or volunteering for the event, please contact Corinna at or Palmquist @ 760-901-8500 for more info.

All donations are 501(c)3 charitable tax deductions. Receipts will be given out day of event.


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