BEETS Giants BEETS Grow in Our Neighborhood

February 26th, 2018

Spring is in the air and our gardens are flourishing! But the sun isn’t the only reason the gardens are looking so fresh — the BEETS have been out in the gardens planting, watering, weeding, and cleaning to make our spaces healthy and inviting. Volunteer Alana shares about her experience working with the BEETS program this session.

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Impromptu Salad Day at Rosa Parks Yoga and Salad in the Lower Garden

January 30th, 2018

A new tradition has begun at Rosa Parks as students join Seed-to-Mouth Garden Educator, Annie, for weekly yoga sessions in the Lower Garden. Students were also treated to an impromptu Salad Day thanks to all of the extra veggies in the gardens. Plus, get a recipe for Four-Ingredient Homemade Croutons!

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Volunteer at MLK Day 2018 #MLKDay of Service: Honoring Dr. King

January 19th, 2018

“Make it a day on, not a day off.” This was the rallying phrase as thousands of people across the U.S. turned out on January 15th to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. On Monday, CommunityGrows joined the AAACC, Citizen Film, and 3.9 Art Collective for our own day of service event with guest speakers, garden projects, and community art.

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Holiday1 Deck the Halls with Wreaths

December 5th, 2017

Over the weekend neighbors and friends gathered together for the 14th annual wreath and card making event at the Hayes Valley South Community Room. Beautiful wreaths were created by all, with ribbon, trinkets, glitter, and bells adorning each and every one!

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#GivingTuesday Social Media Card Today Is #GivingTuesday

November 28th, 2017

We’ve had the privilege of serving the Western Addition and Hayes Valley neighborhoods for 23 years. Today we ask you to support the right of low-income youth and youth of color in San Francisco to learn from and enjoy the environment!

Tags: , African American Arts & Culture Complex, After-School Program, BEETS, Buchanan Mall, CommunityGrows Organization, Cooking Class, Environmental Education, Gardens, Hayward Recreation Center, John Muir Elementary School, Koshland Garden, Koshland Park, Peace Wall, Rosa Parks Elementary School

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

October 21st, 2017

On a Friday in October, youth and adults from nearby housing complexes came out to enjoy the fall weather and carve pumpkins to decorate Buchanan Mall.

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October 20th, 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. Since students also participate in our Environmental Education classes, Salad Days allow them to be fully engaged in all the steps of the garden process: planting, cultivating, harvesting, and most importantly, eating!

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

IMG_7104 Celebrating 23 Years of CG

October 19th, 2017

Wednesday, October 4 was an amazing night to celebrate 23 years of CommunityGrows and Barbara Wenger’s upcoming retirement as founder and Executive Director. Read on to see photos and read about our special event!

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Workday with Bain & Co and Gateway High School

October 19th, 2017

Volunteers from Bain & Co and Gateway High School joined CommunityGrows for a workday in Koshland Garden headed by Melissa Tang, our new CommunityGrows Director of Programs, and Adrian Almquist, our Garden Programs Manager. This volunteer team worked very well together, accomplishing so many tasks to get our garden in shape for the fall environmental education classes.

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IMG_2005 Western Addition Beacon Afterschool in Koshland Garden

October 19th, 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.

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