On Saturday, March 15, 2014 CommunityGrows had a great spring workday in Koshland Park and Garden. Our terrific Recreation and Park Gardener, Freddie Ealom, was on board to direct volunteers in the park, and Nora Brereton led the volunteers in the garden.
Most of our male teens from the BEETS Program came out to do the heavy lifting and wheelbarrow wood-chip brigade. Some of the projects we got done amidst the blooming flower and fruit trees were: planting starts, moving wood chips, weeding along the garden fence, painting signs, mulching with straw, pruning ivy and cleaning the tool shed.
It was a beautiful day to be outdoors and enjoy the park and garden.
On Monday, January 20, 2014 we had a great turnout of folks to work in Koshland Garden for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service.
A group of twenty high school students came from International High School (of French American International School) with their Service Learning Coordinator, Elizabeth Cleere. This school, located in the neighborhood, has been partnering with CommunityGrows for many years and we love the great energy they bring. The African American Arts and Culture Center hosted the Martin Luther King event that day and also sent over a group of terrific folks to help in the garden, including four students from Lick-Wilmerding High School. There were also great neighbors who showed up to give their support.
We were honored with a visit from our District 5 Supervisor, London Breed and the Chief of Police, Greg Suhr. Chief Suhr loved what we had written on the white board for that day, rules that we instill in our youth: be safe, be kind, be respectful, and be responsible.
The volunteers did an amazing amount of work. They pruned perennials, weeded the strawberry patch, painted wooden signs, raked wood chips, swept the stage and stairs, raked paths, bagged up woody compost, turned the compost, pruned the fruit trees, weeded along the fence line and watered the garden.
Here are a few more photos from the day. More photos can be seen on our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.
On Saturday, November 23, 2013, CommunityGrows participated with many neighborhood partners to offer Thanksgiving to the Community at John Muir Elementary School. The BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) join teens from Magic Zone to serve up the food. The afternoon entertainment included many different youth groups performing, such as Handful Players and John Muir students, and the Soka Gakkai Chorus lead by Horus Tolson, and many other musicians and dancers. The Western Addition Beacon and Community Partners United helped to organize this successful event. California State Senator, Mark Leno, and Jeff Adachi, Public Defender of San Francisco, also attended. A great time was had by all.Check out more photos on our CommunityGrows Flickr Photstream here.
Come join us for a great day of exercise, fresh air and meeting new friends on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 11-2 PM in Koshland Park and Garden. This event is sponsored by our wonderful friends at Starbucks and Kaiser Permanente. Please come out and show your support!
4.14.12.KP Wkday Flyer