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CommunityGrows Board Retreat

3.30.14-AB-Retreat_IMG_6065On Sunday, March 30, 2014, our CommunityGrows Advisory Board held their annual advisory board retreat at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Parks. We were thrilled to be offered this space by one of our Advisory Board members, Heather Groninger, who is the Human Resources Director and IT Manager at the Marine Mammal Center.
One of the highlights of the day was having our friend, former Advisory Board member and consultant, Oscar Wolters-Duran facilitate the day. He was able to bring much history and direction to the agenda and activities.
Our outcomes were to identify the strengths and interests of advisory board members and how they can best support CommunityGrows, identify key tasks and deliverables, develop a board work-plan and leave the day with a defined role.
During the lunch break we got to visit the different areas of the Marine Mammal Center, which is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. We watched as volunteers entered holding tanks for these animals to feed them and care for them. It is an amazing program that relies on thousands of volunteers to help staff rescue, rehabilitate and release these animals back into the wild.
The Marine Mammal Center also has an education program that teaches nearly 30,000 students and adults each year about marine mammals and the urgent need for environmental stewardship of earth’s marine environments, with the goal of inspiring ocean conservation. Their school programs are designed to support the California State Academic Standards for science. Additionally, their Youth Crew provides teenage ocean stewards with hands-on experience as volunteers working with animal care crews or as education docents.
It was a great day with lots accomplished and enjoyed. Thank you everyone!


Koshland Park and Garden Shine after Workday

3.15.14-KP Workday_IMG_5867On 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.
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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.
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Great MLK Day in Koshland Garden

1.20.13-MLK-KP_IMG_4727On Monday, January 20, 2014 we had a great turnout of folks to work in Koshland Garden for Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service. 1.20.13-MLK-KP_IMG_4683
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.

Holiday Carnival at the AAACC

12.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_4219On Saturday, December 14th the African American Arts and Culture Complex (AAACC), where CommunityGrows office is located, hosted their annual Winter Carnival. Many groups performed and there were loads of carnival rides for the kids.

12.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_419512.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_4202There was even snow!
12.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_4212Honored guests were Mark Leno, State Senator, London Breed, District 5 Supervisor, and Trayvon Martin’s family. The family was honored with a mural that will grace the AAACC. 12.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_4312



12.14.13-AAACC-Winter_Carnival_IMG_4315For more photos visit our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.

Everyone in the Spirit of the Holidays!

12.7.13-WreathMaking_IMG_3905On Saturday December 7, 2013 CommunityGrows hosted the sixth annual Wreath Making event for the Western Addition neighborhood. The Hayes Valley Apartments Community Room was a buzz with activity as many folks came by to make wreaths for themselves and other residents. 12.7.13-WreathMaking_IMG_4017
12.7.13-WreathMaking_IMG_3943 Our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) were on hand to serve up apple cider and cookies and help with the making of the wreaths. Residents and friends stopped by, including a group from Bloom Justice who were happy to participate. It was a very mellow afternoon and everyone made beautiful wreaths. It was a bevy of creativity. Thank you everyone for a great afternoon! For more photos, see our Flickr Photostream here.12.7.13-WreathMaking_IMG_4039

BEETS Help Serve Up Thanksgiving at John Muir School

11.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS-600pixels_IMG_3735On 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. 11.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS-600pixels_IMG_3743The 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.11.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS-600pixels_IMG_374711.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS_IMG_3835 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.11.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS-600pixels_IMG_375011.23.13-Thanksgiving-BEETS-600pixels_IMG_3755

Highlights of the West Coast Craft Fair

11.16.13-WCCF_IMG_3451On Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th, 2013, CommunityGrows was featured at the West Coast Crafts Fair at Fort Mason. We raffled off dinner for two at State Bird Provisions and a beautiful quilt from the San Francisco Quilters Guild. We had cookbooks and fantastic seed packets available for purchase as well. Our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens), staff and advisory board members had shifts throughout the weekend. 11.16.13-WCCF_IMG_345011.16.13-WCCF_600pixels_IMG_345211.16.13-WCCF_IMG_3454

Koshland Park and Garden Workday-April 14, 2012

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!
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