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 now maintain, the Buchanan Mall street gardens.
For the first part of the workday, we divided and conquered. One group assembled student journals for the Rosa Parks garden classes, while the other group began working in Buchanan Mall.
The gardens looked healthier after some weeding and trash pickup.
And the water and deadheading went a long way towards beautifying the plots.
Not to mention how welcoming the area looked after the leaves had been swept and collected!
There was also some heavy lifting involved, not that it stopped Colleen! (full disclosure: the bag is filled with leaves).
Thank you so much to the GAP volunteers for taking part of their Friday to help us clean up and give the gardens a fresh new look for Fall! Check out our Flickr page for more photos.
On Friday, May 15, 2015 there will be a student talent show and fundraiser for the Garden Program, highlighting the amazing Rosa Parks students. It will also feature our CommunityGrows Assistant Garden Educator, Ezekiel McCarter and his bank Con Brio.. If you’d like to donate to the Rosa Parks program or purchase advance tickets, please click here.
The following day, Saturday, May 16th, Rosa Parks will have a workday in the gardens to deconstruct and rebuild a new greenhouse, and to maintain the gardens. Everyone is welcome to both events. Scroll down for both flyers.
5.15.15-RP-TalentShow by blwenger
5.16.15 RP Greenhouse WkDay by blwenger
On Thursday July 3, 2014 CommunityGrows staff went to visit Amy Farah Weiss, founder of Neighbors Developing Divisadero [Street] and the re-activator/manager of New Liberation Community Garden at Divisadero and Eddy Streets in San Francisco. She is in the process of coordinating a partnership between New Liberation Church (property owners), Asian Neighborhood Design, and Booker T Washington Community Service Center to apply for the City’s Community Challenge grant to strengthen and expand upon the infrastructure of New Liberation Garden. This Garden was initially developed with support from the Community Challenge grant sometime in the early 90s via a partnership with SLUG (the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners) and the church.
CommunityGrows staff talked about ways we could support the garden and continue our partnership with Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, which will be moving into the New Liberation Church in the Fall of 2014 while their new building is being developed on Presidio Ave.
Thank you Amy for showing us around!