This summer Koshland Garden was host to many VIPs including Jared Blumenfeld and Keith Takata from the Region 9 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Blumenfeld is currently the Regional Administrator for EPA’s Region 9. This region encompasses California, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and over 140 Tribal Nations. He spent eight years as the Director of the San Francisco Department of Environment, and also managed the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. He and his colleague Keith Takata came to see our garden and hear about our programs. This visit also paved the way for Tamar Hurwitz, Environmental Education Manager of San Francisco Environment, who joined us in Koshland Garden to talk about programs and collaborations.
Other local VIPs visiting us this summer in the garden were Chris Rosenberg, new principal of John Muir Elementary School, and Ritlesh Chand, manager of Hayes Valley Housing. Mr. Rosenberg, accompanied by his daughter Julia, met with us to see the site and hear about our science program with John Muir Elementary students. Mr. Chand (Ren) also checked out our garden site and brought his daughter Ava to enjoy a garden lesson.
Finally, another wonderful surprise happened this July when we were visited by Yvonne and Mary Koshland, who came to see CommunityGrows and our programs in action. It is always a pleasure to have them in Koshland Park and share with them how much we love the park and garden. Thank you all for coming!