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Fall Back into Garden Class!

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This week kicks off the beginning of garden and nutrition classes at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Rosa Parks ExCEL after school program. (And at school partners including Booker T.  Washington Community Center, Faces SF, too! Classes at John Muir Elementary School, Western Addition Beacon, Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club, and Magic Zone will be starting in the next few weeks!) Here Garden Programs Manager Anna Luberoff shows Mr. Bordallo’s 2nd grade class the calendula seeds they will plant in the garden. They are growing calendula, and other classes planted lettuce this week, which they’ll eventually harvest and make into a big salad for Salad Day!

Every single garden class will celebrate the end of their garden lessons by harvesting, preparing and enjoying a salad together with Ms. Anna and parent volunteers. Salad Days are a fun and delicious way to show students the full life cycle of plants and the deliciousness of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

The class will begin by playing a game to see what garden rules they remember (for most students in Mr. Bardallo’s second grade class, this will be their third year learning about gardening, the environment and nutrition!) Later, they will pretend to be alien scientists! As alien scientists, they will need to use all of their observational and sensory skills to determine what plants are currently growing in the garden!

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We’re looking forward to a wonderful season and lots of fun and learning with the kids! This year we’re working with nine partners to teach over 15 environmental and nutrition education classes (an estimated 405 classes between September and June)! We’re increasing our connections between our gardening and cooking curriculum by incorporating more nutrition and cooking lessons into our garden programming, and by expanding our cooking classes to new partners such as Booker T. Washington Community Center and Magic Zone, in partnership with the African American Art and Culture Complex.

GAP Workday in Buchanan Mall


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.




Big Weekend Coming Up at Rosa Parks!

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.

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New Liberation Garden Visit

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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.
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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!