Category Archives: Employees Highlighted

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

GrowingPowerLOGO Growing Power Conference-Milwaukee

November 13th, 2014

On November 7-9, 2014 Adrian Almquist, our CommunityGrows Garden Programs Manager, attended the Growing Power Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The theme was Urban and Small Farms Conference:  Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People. The intent of this national and international conference was to share ideas and inspire others to find ways to create sustainable … Continue reading Growing Power Conference-Milwaukee

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SerenaPadilla-MiyaYung-captions-600pixels Welcome New CommunityGrows Staff!

September 28th, 2014

We would like to welcome two great staff members to CommunityGrows. Serena Padilla, our new Garden Educator, works primarily at Rosa Parks Elementary School. She graduated in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Latin American and Latino/a studies with a minor in Education. She won us over with her … Continue reading Welcome New CommunityGrows Staff!

Tags: , BEETS, CommunityGrows Organization, Employees Highlighted, Rosa Parks Elementary School

Highlighting Ezekiel McCarter-Our Garden Assistant!

July 4th, 2014

We would like to introduce Ezekiel (Ziek) McCarter, who has been working at CommunityGrows since August 2012. He is our Rosa Parks Elementary School Garden Assistant. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays you will often find him tending the lower garden and assisting teachers and students with their classroom plots. Ziek came to us for our BEETS … Continue reading Highlighting Ezekiel McCarter-Our Garden Assistant!

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Saying “Good-bye” to Nora

May 17th, 2014

CommunityGrows threw a “Good-bye” party for Nora Brereton, our outgoing Director of Programs on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 4-6 PM in Koshland Garden. Many partners, youth, BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens), consultants, Advisory Board members, volunteers, family and friends came out for a great BBQ and potluck to honor Nora’s seven … Continue reading Saying “Good-bye” to Nora

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Introducing Kelly ErnstFriedman

May 12th, 2014

We would like to welcome Kelly ErnstFriedman to our staff as the new Director of Programs. Her recent work with the Oakland School District on the development of a food recovery program inspired her to seek out CommunityGrows, which is committed to planting the seeds of food justice among Bay Area youth. She spent the … Continue reading Introducing Kelly ErnstFriedman

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Welcome Melissa Tang-New BEETS Manager

September 28th, 2013

We would like to welcome and share with you our new BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) Program Manager, Melissa Tang, who joined the CommunityGrows staff in July 2013. She is responsible for program design and implementation of the BEETS teen internship program. Melissa has over five years experience in youth development and … Continue reading Welcome Melissa Tang-New BEETS Manager

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Rad Radishes with Ezekiel

July 23rd, 2013

On Friday, July 19,2013 Ezekiel McCarter, our Rosa Parks Assistant Gardener, led the YMCA Buchanan kids in a lesson on preparing soil and planting radishes. Attendance is always a great way to start the day. Everyone has a garden name, using their first name and a garden animal or plant that begins with the first … Continue reading Rad Radishes with Ezekiel

Tags: , Employees Highlighted, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Summer Science

Pie and Ice Cream for Lisa

June 18th, 2013

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Vanilla ice cream. Apricot Danish rings. Peach-Blueberry pie. Salted caramel and balsamic strawberry ice cream. What a way to send off someone we adore. Lisa Drogin said “good-bye” to CommunityGrows and the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) program on Thursday, June 11, 2013. Lisa has been the Program … Continue reading Pie and Ice Cream for Lisa

Tags: BEETS, Employees Highlighted, Koshland Garden