Category Archives: Gardens

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

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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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IMG_0259 BEETS Graduate!

May 24th, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017 the Fall-Spring BEETS Cohort graduated. The CommunityGrows staff celebrated the past eight months of their accomplishments with a slide show and BBQ in Koshland Garden. The BEETS program is a stipended, hands-on, outdoor learning experience that provides roughly 20 youth each year with life skills and job-readiness training. The program aims … Continue reading BEETS Graduate!

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IMG_0218 Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

May 24th, 2017

On Saturday April 29, 2017 Rosa Parks Elementary held a workday in collaboration with CommunityGrows and the Buchanan YMCA Healthy Kids Day. This free event for families and friends-to charge into summer-included a bouncy house along with very helpful and healthy resources.Many families turned out to work in the gardens, getting them ready for summer … Continue reading Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

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IMG_0174 Earth Day with International High School

May 24th, 2017

On Saturday, April 22, 2017 CommunityGrows celebrated Earth Day with students from International High School in Koshland Garden. It was a great day of weeding, pruning, planting and cleaning up the garden for the summer. We were also happy to have two of our Advisory Board members Sarah Penney and Catheline Leung join us. Paul … Continue reading Earth Day with International High School

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IMG_0114 Kindergarteners Celebrate Earth Day!

May 24th, 2017

On Friday April 21, 2017 the kindergarten class of Rosa Parks Elementary enjoyed a day in the upper garden with CommunityGrows Garden Educator Jay Jordan. Jay has a way of getting everyone engaged in physical activity and working in the garden. He began the lesson by talking about Spring and planting seeds. In their walk … Continue reading Kindergarteners Celebrate Earth Day!

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