Category Archives: Gardens

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!

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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

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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

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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

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_1512 Morgan Stanley Shines at Koshland Garden

August 17th, 2017

On Wednesday August 16, 2017 a large group of Morgan Stanley volunteers came out to help us get Koshland Garden in good shape for the upcoming school year. After welcomes and introductions by the CommunityGrows staff, Melissa Tang, Director of Programs led everyone on a tour of the garden. The memorial planting garden was under … Continue reading Morgan Stanley Shines at Koshland Garden

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8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1383 Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

August 13th, 2017

On Friday afternoon August 11, 2017, volunteers from the GAP came out to help us prepare our Rosa Parks Gardens for the upcoming school year. After introductions and tours of the Upper and Lower gardens, two groups worked on watering and breaking up a area for planting. Tilling hoes and shovels did heavy work on … Continue reading Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

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6.26.17-KP-WABeacon_IMG_0816 Summer Fun with the Western Addition Beacon

August 2nd, 2017

On Monday, June 26th the Western Addition Beacon Center youth came to Koshland Park for their fun time in the garden. Adrian Almquist, Garden Programs Manager led the class through the cycle of life—from seeds, to plants, to fruits and vegetables. They got to plant fava beans and starts of kale and then watered the … Continue reading Summer Fun with the Western Addition Beacon

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6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0592 Workday with Starbucks!

June 10th, 2017

Koshland Garden got a spiffing up on Saturday, June 10, 2017 with the help of a great crew from Starbucks. Thanks to CommunityGrows Advisory Board member Jaromy Schmidt, who manages a Starbucks stores in San Francisco, many of his team came out to support us and brought delicious coffee. Adrian Almquist, Garden Programs Manager led … Continue reading Workday with Starbucks!

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IMG_0357 John Muir Students in Koshland Garden

May 25th, 2017

On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Koshland Garden was buzzing with Ms. Martin’s first graders from John Muir Elementary School. CommunityGrows Garden Programs Supervisor Paul Bergkamp led them on a lesson about spring, flowers and pollinators. After their discussion, they went off through the garden with paper and pens to draw flowers. It was an opportunity … Continue reading John Muir Students in Koshland Garden

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