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Shangri-La Springs is pleased to announce that Cecelia Morales has joined its team as the new organic garden manager. In her new role, Morales is responsible for managing the care and maintenance of Shangri-La Springs’ organic garden, which will support the property’s farm-to-table restaurant, Harvest, opening in early 2019.
A Southwest Florida native, Morales brings a wealth of organic and sustainable gardening knowledge to her new role. Prior to joining Shangri-La Springs, Morales was a nursery caretaker and plant retailer at Fruit Scapes Nursery in Bokeelia, where she cultivated and maintained a variety of local and imported fruits and plants. While attending Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Morales dedicated more than three years to the university’s Food Forest, a student-run sustainable permaculture garden, where she assisted in food cultivation and served as the service-learning coordinator.
Morales earned a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from FGCU and a certification in permaculture design.
“We are honored to have Cecelia join our team and manage food cultivation on our organic garden, an important source for Shangri-La Springs’ restaurant, Harvest,” said Lee Bellamy, Shangri-La Springs general manager. “We look forward to highlighting a variety of organic produce grown by Cecelia and the food production team with the opening of Harvest in early 2019.”