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John Muir Students in Koshland Garden

IMG_0273On Thursday, May 11, 2017 Koshland Garden was buzzing with Ms. Martin’s first graders from John Muir Elementary School. IMG_0318CommunityGrows Garden Programs Supervisor Paul Bergkamp led them on a lesson about spring, flowers and pollinators. After their discussion, they went off through the garden with paper and pens to draw flowers. IMG_0294IMG_0320IMG_0280IMG_0309It was an opportunity to create gifts for Mother’s Day the upcoming Sunday. Back in the circle the students shared their drawings and learned about the stages of the bees life and how important bees are to make flowers, fruits and vegetables grow.IMG_0330IMG_0345IMG_0335IMG_0357
For more photos from the day, check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.

Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary

11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8753On a rainy Saturday, November 19th, 2016 many organizations in the Western Addition came together to offer Thanksgiving to residents and families. 11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8909The lunch included a program with youth from Handful Players, the Western Addition Beacon, Booker T. Washington Community Center, Hayward Reconnect, and the Buchanan YMCA, as well as the SGI Chorus. 11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8859
11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_872611-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_874511-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8896Safeway, Bi-Rite Market, Santa Clara Natural Organic and Mo’Magic also provided delicious turkey, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, salad and cornbread, as well as pumpkin pie and chocolate cake. CommunityGrows BEETS helped out serving food and greeted folks at the door. 11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_881311-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_877811-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8931 At the end of lunch 30 turkeys were raffled off to lucky residents. Here is Ms. Jeanette Dupas-Walker, an active grandmother of youth at John Muir.11-19-16-jmes-thanksgiving_img_8935It was a very homey day with many long time friends and partners. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! For more photos, check out our Flickr Photostream here.

Salad Days at John Muir

img_20160915_114649382_topThanks to a grant from Kaiser-Permanente Community Benefit Program, CommunityGrows is able to continue offering Salad Days at John Muir School. With a great donation of organic greens, carrots and cucumbers from Veritable Vegetable. Salad is prepped in the Parents’ Room of the school and taken to the cafeteria at lunch time. We make three huge bowl of salad and everyone in the school gets to enjoy it. We are proud to be able to be cultivating healthy youth, especially at John Muir Elementary School!img_20160915_114513644img_20160915_114328066

Salad Day at John Muir Elementary School

4.29.16-JMES-SaladDay_IMG_6666Friday, April 29, 2016 was Salad Day at John Muir Elementary School. Thanks to a grant from Kaiser-Permanente, CommunityGrows is able to provide delicious salad for all the students at John Muir. 4.29.16-JMES-SaladDay_IMG_6657The students and teachers love to partake and come back for seconds. 4.29.16-JMES-SaladDay_IMG_6660We were very fortunate to have a huge donation from Gus’s Community Market on 17th Street and Harrison. 4.29.16-JMES-SaladDay_IMG_6670Produce included organic salad greens, red, yellow and green peppers, carrots, cucumbers, tangelos and oranges. Three huge bowls disappeared in no time. Everyone loves Salad Day!4.29.16-JMES-SaladDay_IMG_6655

Kindergartners Learn about Water

Steve Herraiz (Mr. Steve) had his class of enthusiastic kindergartners at John Muir Elementary School, walk down to the Koshland Park Community Learning Garden for their morning lesson on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. CommunityGrows Garden Programs Manager Adrian Almquist was excited for the day to talk about water and where it comes from. (Hetch Hetchy! Thanks SF PUC!)4.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_6159“Where does our drinking water come from?” “From the ocean!” “What does ocean water taste like?” “Why can’t we drink salt water?” “What is Hetch Hetchy?” “How does it get here?” “What happens to water if we leave it in a glass for a long time?” “Why is water good for you and the plants?” “What happens to water when we water the plants?” 4.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_61764.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_6180All these questions captivated the students until it was time to divvy out water cans. Kelly Bohan, a CommunityGrows volunteer, filled everyone’s buckets as they lined up. 4.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_6184Then off through the garden to gently water plants and bushes. 4.13.16-JMES-MrSteve_IMG_6192A great day to be outside and care for the earth. Thank you Mr. Steve! For more photos from the class, check out our Flickr Photostream here.

John Muir Students Origami and Photsynthesis

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Mr. Tamsky’s 4th grade bi-lingual Spanish class at John Muir Elementary School came to Koshland Park for their afternoon lesson. IMG_5600Adrian Almquist, CommunityGrows’ Garden Programs Manager began to cover two difficult lessons—tackling photosynthesis and learning how to make origami cranes.

In an effort to understand photosynthesis, Adrian reminded the youth that photosynthesis is how plants eat and make their own food. Since the plants don’t have to move around to find food and they stay in one place, plants can make their food as long as they have three things. The three things are Carbon Dioxide, Water, and Light. Here’s what photosynthesis looks like: Carbon Dioxide + Water + Light —-> Sugar + Oxygen. IMG_5632An easy way to remember this is Cows Eat Wet Grass Outside…so CO2 + Energy + water –> Glucose + Oxygen.

Here’s how it works: Plants breathe, just like us.  They even have little openings that can look like mouths, but they are too small for us to see without a microscope.  When we breathe in, we want to breath in oxygen.  Plants want to breathe in Carbon Dioxide.  Plants also drink.  This is why you need to water plants or they will die.  They use their roots to suck water up into their bodies, and their little mouths to breath in the carbon dioxide.  Once they have both of these things, all they need is light.  Leaves are made up of a bunch of tiny cells, where this happens.  Inside the cells are tiny little things called chloroplasts.  Chloroplasts are what makes leaves green, and they are also what takes the carbon dioxide, the water, and the light, and turns them into sugar and oxygen. The sugar is then used by the plants for food, and the oxygen is breathed out into the atmosphere.  This process as a whole is “photosynthesis.”. Here is a great website that explains this for kids. IMG_5606If doing a short lesson on photosynthesis was not challenging enough, everyone also got a chance to make origami cranes. Adrian was very patient in leading the students through the various steps. IMG_5615It was impressive to see all of them working hard and trying to pay attention. Miraculously, by the end of class, all had finished their cranes and proudly displayed them as they left the garden. IMG_5630Here is a demonstration of how to make an origami crane.IMG_5624

Thanksgiving at John Muir Elementary School

IMG_4944The Western Addition Beacon Center at John MuirElementary School presented their 12th Annual Giving Voice to the Season Thanksgiving Luncheon on Saturday November 21, 2015. CommunityGrows staff and BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) helped to make the day a success. Families and friends were greeted in the auditorium, transformed to beautiful room festooned with holiday cheer and tables set with decorations made by the youth. IMG_4897Lunch was served up with the help of the BEETS IMG_4937and everyone enjoyed the entertainment, supplied by Handful Players, the SGI-USA Golden Gate Chorus and others. IMG_4948Luminaries like Maysha Bell, Western Addition Beacon Director, London Breed, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and Shawn Mansager, Principal of John Muir Elementary School enjoyed the festivities as well. There was a turkey and food basket raffle that allowed many guests to leave feeling happy and thankful for the day. For more photos see our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.IMG_4866

John Muir Salad Days are here again!

IMG_3470With a grant from Kaiser-Permanente we are honored to offer Salad Days again this year at John Muir Elementary School. CommunityGrows staff Melissa Tang and Cha’Shay Woldridge joined Advisory Board member Casey Johnson in the morning Friday, October 2nd, 2015 to cut and peel organic vegetables, donated by Veritable Vegetable. IMG_3468Carrots from Something Good Organics were shaved and HoneyCrisp apples from Cuyama Orchards apples were cored and sliced, and then combined with a spring mix of greens from Jayleaf. IMG_3487Even though most of us shaved off a little of our fingertips, the morning and lunch were a huge success. In the cafeteria, waves of students came by to get salads and enjoy seconds. IMG_3500Three big bowls were gone in no time. A delicious party. Stay tuned for more salad days at John Muir Elementary School throughout the year. IMG_3492For more photos, check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.

Thanksgiving Event at John Muir Elementary School

CommmunityGrows joined many partners, including MoMagic and Community Partners United to celebrate Thanksgiving with the neighborhood at John Muir Elemetary School. Here are some photos from the event.


Ms. Welch, Nora Brereton and Ms. Brown:


Three Angels Dancing:


Our New Northern Station Captain, Ann Mannix and daughters Lauren and Kate:

Camilla Dawkins and Liz Jackson Simpson:

Takaija Gardener and Maysha Jackson from the YMCA Beacon Center: