Yearly Archives: 2017

30158839770_63eacd6294_o Salad Days Are Back!

October 30th, 2017

September is a month of beginnings – the beginning of the school year, the beginning of fall – and at John Muir Elementary School, it marked the beginning of our monthly Salad Days. For those not familiar with Salad Days, the tradition began in 2015 as an initiative to give students access to fresh produce and to get … Continue reading Salad Days Are Back!

Tags: , CommunityGrows Organization, Heart of the City Farmers Market, John Muir Elementary School, Koshland Garden, Salad Days

10.20.17-Pumpkins-at-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_2143 Pumpkin Carving in Buchanan Mall

October 21st, 2017

On Friday, October 20, 2017,  youth and adults from nearby housing complexes came out to enjoy the fall weather and carve pumpkins to decorate Buchanan Mall.Citizen Film planned the event and built a scarecrow and laid straw bales. With the help of CommunityGrows staff, Melissa Tang (Director of Programs) and Osceola Ward (BEETS Program Manager)……and BEETS (Band … Continue reading Pumpkin Carving in Buchanan Mall

Tags: , , , BEETS, Buchanan Mall, CitizenFilm, Prince Hall Learning Center

Celebrating 23 Years of CG!

October 19th, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 was an amazing night to celebrate 23 years of CommunityGrows and Barbara Wenger’s upcoming retirement as founder and Executive Director. The African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC) was abuzz with activity from early morning, setting up the Hall of Culture and firming up last minute details. Barbara Fujimoto, former Advisory Board … Continue reading Celebrating 23 Years of CG!

Tags: , , , Advisory Board, African American Arts & Culture Complex, BEETS, CommunityGrows Organization, Events, Fundraiser

Workday with Bain & Co and Gateway High School

October 19th, 2017

On September 29, 2017 volunteers from Bain and Co and Gateway High School joined CommunityGrows for a workday in Koshland Garden. Melissa Tang, our new CommunityGrows Director of Programs, working with Adrian Almquist, Gardens Program Manager, led the day and assigned tasks. These great crews turned the compost, prepped beds in the lower garden, weeded, … Continue reading Workday with Bain & Co and Gateway High School

Tags: , , , , Bain & Co., Gateway High School, Koshland Garden, Koshland Park, Koshland Park, Volunteers, Workdays

IMG_2005 Western Addition Beacon Afterschool in Koshland Garden

October 19th, 2017

On September 14, 2017 the after-school class of the Western Addition Beacon kids arrived in Koshland Garden full of enthusiasm to be outdoors. CommunityGrows Gardens Program Manager, Adrian Almquist, corralled the mostly kindergarten and first graders together to start a lesson on the what plants need to survive. Dirt..water..sun..and air. After taking attendance and helping … Continue reading Western Addition Beacon Afterschool in Koshland Garden

Tags: , , After-School Program, Koshland Garden, Western Addition Beacon

9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1971 Moving Heaven and EARTH!

October 17th, 2017

On Saturday, September 9, 2017, CommunityGrows kicked off its partnership with Rosa Parks Elementary by literally moving over 40 cubic feet of beautiful soil into the two school gardens. Parents and students, many from the Green Team of the PTA, began arriving around 10am and pitched in where needed. It was a warm and sunny … Continue reading Moving Heaven and EARTH!

Tags: , , Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks Green Team, Volunteers, Workdays

9.6.17-Joey-the-Cat_IMG_1907 Night of Fun and Games

October 17th, 2017

Wednesday September 6, 2017, CommunityGrows held its second annual fundraiser at Joey the Cat, an event space and arcade game rental company in the Mission District. The event was sponsored by Kaiser-Permanente and it was a blast! Our wonderful Advisory Board put tons of work into raffle prizes and invited many of their friends. We … Continue reading Night of Fun and Games

Tags: , , , Advisory Board, Fundraiser, Joey the Cat, Kaiser-Permanente

37027650791_62c3740fc9_o GAP Workday in Buchanan Mall

September 11th, 2017

  On Friday, September 8th, volunteers from GAP joined CommunityGrows in Buchanan Mall and the AAACC to help us get the gardens in shape for the Fall season.     We started our afternoon with a visit from two Citizen Film representatives. They shared the story of how the community came together to create, and … Continue reading GAP Workday in Buchanan Mall

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Photo of Jay teaching a gardening class Saying Farewell to Mr. Jay Jackfruit

September 1st, 2017

This month we are saying farewell to one of our beloved Garden Educators, Jay “Jackfruit” Jordan. Jay came to CommunityGrows in 2015 as a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s African American Studies program. Since then he has managed four of our community gardens, including the ones at Rosa Parks Elementary School — meaning he did … Continue reading Saying Farewell to Mr. Jay Jackfruit

Tags: Employees Highlighted, Environmental Education, Rosa Parks Elementary School

IMG_1665 Choose Peace-Stop the Violence

August 27th, 2017

On Saturday, August 26th there were a lot of rallies going on in San Francisco. In fact, two blocks away from our office and Buchanan Mall, thousands of people mobilized around Alamo Square to show their disdain for white supremacy. Months before these rallies developed, our Western Addition community came together to present a Peace … Continue reading Choose Peace-Stop the Violence

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