#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.

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

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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!

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

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.

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

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.

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