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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The gardens looked healthier after some weeding and trash pickup.

 

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And the water and deadheading went a long way towards beautifying the plots.

 

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Not to mention how welcoming the area looked after the leaves had been swept and collected!

 

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There was also some heavy lifting involved, not that it stopped Colleen! (full disclosure: the bag is filled with leaves).

 

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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.

 

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Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1390On Friday afternoon August 11, 2017, volunteers from the GAP came out to help us prepare our Rosa Parks Gardens for the upcoming school year. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1381After introductions and tours of the Upper and Lower gardens, two groups worked on watering and breaking up a area for planting. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_14328.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1379Tilling hoes and shovels did heavy work on the hard earth opening up the soil. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1423Compost was mixed in and cover crops of beans, oats and crimson clover were added to bring nutrients back. The chickens enjoyed the afternoon taking naps in the dirt and fluffing out their feathers. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1418At the end of the day everyone shared what the experience was like and what they learned. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1366It was also the last day of our great Rosa Parks Garden Educator, Jay Jordan, 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1454and the second day of his wonderful replacement, Anna Luberoff. IMG_1360Thank you so much GAP volunteers for helping us get the gardens ready for school. For more photos check out our Flickr Photostream here. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_14558.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1445

Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

IMG_0195On Saturday April 29, 2017 Rosa Parks Elementary held a workday in collaboration with CommunityGrows and the Buchanan YMCA Healthy Kids Day. IMG_0185This free event for families and friends-to charge into summer-included a bouncy house along with very helpful and healthy resources.IMG_0198Many families turned out to work in the gardens, getting them ready for summer planting-so much work to do!IMG_0201CommunityGrow staff Jay Jordan keep folks engaged in weeding, mulching and watering, as well as picking up trash. Here is one of the Rosa Park’s parents working near a Brussels sprouts plant.IMG_0181Seed-to-Mouth instructor Crystal Leon oversaw a table with food for a summer fare. IMG_0207She prepared a breakfast porridge of brown rice, almond milk and mashed bananas that was delicious especially with the addition of summer berries, grapes, pineapples, bananas and melons. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds topped the dish.IMG_0220It was a beautiful way to spend a healthy day outside enjoying the sunshine! For more photos from the day check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.

Earth Day with International High School

IMG_0168On Saturday, April 22, 2017 CommunityGrows celebrated Earth Day with students from International High School in Koshland Garden. It was a great day of weeding, pruning, planting and cleaning up the garden for the summer.
IMG_0174IMG_0175IMG_0173 We were also happy to have two of our Advisory Board members Sarah Penney and Catheline Leung join us.IMG_0170 Paul Bergkamp led the crew through mulching the vegetable beds and composting. Great day to celebrate being outdoors and give thanks to the earth! Thank you International High School and Sarah and Catheline!IMG_0178

Workday with Avila & Associates and FUF

11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8325On Saturday November 5, 2016 CommunityGrows held a workday in Koshland Garden to celebrate our partnership with Avila & Associates, and Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF). Avila and Associates provides provides civil engineering, environmental services, and water resources engineering services to public agencies at the federal, state and local level; private property owners; civil engineering professionals and other professional service firms. One of the many environmental services they provide is field surveys and regulatory reporting. Leanne Feely-Botanist, Sarah Flaherty-Wildlife Biologist, and Rachel Spadafore-Ecologist/Senior Project Manager, all participants in the workday, do this research. They talked with many of the BEETS about what they do and how they are working to save different endangered species. Here they are with volunteer Janine Kaiser.11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8416 The morning started with introductions and welcomes from staff members Jay Jordan, Garden Educator, and Melissa Tang, BEETS Program Manager. Then people commenced to flipping compost, trellising peas, weeding the mustard and strawberry beds, collecting leek seeds, thinning radishes and preparing bed for the BEETS to plant starts. 11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_barry_img_8385Lots of Jerusalem Artichokes, onions, collards, kale and herbs were also harvested. 11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_deondre_img_839211-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8391Sarah Penney-CommunityGrows Advisory Board member, Emily Danford-CommunityGrows office/communications volunteer, and three wonderful students from University High School (Judith Edwards, Joley Costa, and Nicole Cuthbert) also helped out in the garden. 11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8389At 1:00 PM the volunteers were joined by a group of youth from Friends of the Urban Forest, who led a workshop in pruning trees. Alex Javier, Education Coordinator for FUF, talked about the essentials of pruning and tree care, the types of cuts to make, proper pruning techniques, and equipment safety. 11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8437Then the youth went off to the orchard to trim back and prune the fruit trees. 11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8460It was an amazing workday with lots of knowledge gained about the environmental field and how to care for the earth through the pruning of trees. Thank you Avila & Associate and Friends of the Urban Forest for a very engaging and worthwhile day.11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8495 For more photos, check out our Flickr Photostream here.11-5-16-kp-avila-fuf_img_8356

The Chickens Have Arrived!

9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7475Saturday, September 10, 2016 was an exciting day at Rosa Parks Elementary. As usual, this workday was a blowout fantastic event with so many families and friends. It was also the exciting arrival of five new chickens for the coop in the upper garden! Scroll down to read more…The Green Team and other parents from the school laid out a delicious spread of snacks and goodies for everyone to munch on during the morning.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7465A group of neighbors showed up and joined Principal Jacobsen as well as University High School student Ian, and our CommunityGrows staff and BEETS intern, Ivan Gladamez, and Advisory Board member Sarah Penny.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7399 Tasks for the day were split between the Upper Garden under Garden Educator, Jay Jordan’s supervision, the Lower Garden under Garden Assistant Cha’Shay Woldridge’s supervision, the Courtyard work under parent Wayne, East Gate, under Jocelyn and the Chicken Coop, under parent Debra’s supervision.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7410Everyone pitched in and the youth went right to work exploring bugs and butterflies, as well as watering.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_74189-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7408In the lower garden, the teachers’ plots were gleaned and made ready for the new school year.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7451 9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7466In the upper garden, compost was rotated, tomatoes were staked, vines were attached to arches, weeds were pulled, sage cuttings were planted, and collard starts were prepared.9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_73979-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7435The highlight of the day was the arrival of five new chickens to occupy the newly restored and renovated chicken coop. 9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7522Everyone wanted to hold the chickens that were very accommodating. 9-10-16-rp-wkday-chickens_img_7517We hope they find their home a pleasant place. The students will love taking care of them! For more great photos from the day, check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.

Yale Alumni Rock!

We love the rain! Even when there’s a workday in Koshland Park and Garden. On Saturday, May 7th eighteen volunteers from the Yale Alumni group came out to help us spruce up the park and garden. IMG_6689Besides helping Freddie Ealom, our Recreation and Park Garden in the upper park, everyone took on the tasks of composting, IMG_6704weeding, moving mulch with wheelbarrows,removing debris,IMG_6692picking up trash, IMG_6705weeding strawberries, IMG_6701and pruning the Mock Orange mock-orange-flower-37699491-SFWand Black Knight Butterfly Bushes that grace the entrances to the garden.buddavidiiblackknightflower-SFW IMG_6703Everyone was in a jovial mood, and after an hour and a half, we got done early, just before the rain really started to come down. IMG_6708Thank you Yale Alumni for making the day a great success! For more photos see our Flicker Photostream here.IMG_6690

Rain and Three Sisters at Cobb Elementary

IMG_6031On Saturday, April 9, 2016 the rain was coming down, but that did not deter our CommunityGrows staff Jay Jordan, who was on a mission to get volunteers involved in the garden at Cobb Elementary School. Most of the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) showed up and they were joined by ten hardy volunteers: two from University High School (Lucia Tice and Jan Wignall);IMG_6021 a CommunityGrows Advisory Board (AB) member, Casey Johnson; a couple AB candidates; a wonderful family with a toddler; and other family and friends.IMG_5982The activity for the first part of the morning was weeding all the beds on three different levels of the garden.IMG_5993 The BEETS were real troopers, some without rain gear. Yet they did not complain as the rain came drizzling down! What a devoted crew! The second half of the morning we all gathered together to learn about the Three Sisters. IMG_6023Jay read from the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. “Native people speak of this gardening style as the Three Sisters. There are many stories of how they came to be, but they all share the understanding of these plants as women, sisters. Some stories tell of a long winter when the people were dropping from hunger. Three beautiful women came to their dwellings on a snowy night. One was a tall woman dressed all in yellow, with long flowing hair. The second wore green, and the third was robed in orange. The three came inside to shelter by the fire. Food was scarce but the visiting strangers were fed generously, sharing in the little that the people had left. In gratitude for their generosity, the three sisters revealed their true identities—corn, beans, and squash—and give themselves to the people in a bundle of seeds so that they might never go hungry again.” It was really nice to hear this story as a group of volunteers and then be presented with the seeds of these three sisters. Everyone took a few of these seed in flower pot and went around the garden planting the three seeds close together as a group. IMG_6039In the fall, we will reap a bountiful harvest.IMG_6065IMG_6057IMG_6068IMG_6024IMG_6020 For more photos, see our Flickr Photostream here.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

IMG_5354On Monday, January 18, 2016 over 90 volunteers came out to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. This event was sponsored by the African American Arts and Culture Center (AAACC) and CommunityGrows. Volunteers began arriving at 8:30 AM on a morning reprieved from the wonderful rain we’ve been having in the Bay Area.  IMG_5350After a light breakfast of bagels and coffee, Mohammed Soriano Bilal, Director of the AAACC directed everyone to the buildings Burial Clay Theatre to hear an inspirational talk by John William Templeton. IMG_5362Mr. Templeton curated a African American Freedom Trail brochure which leads visitors to the various historic landmarks, such as the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco founded in 1852, that illustrate the remarkable contributions of African-Americans to the city. He is also the author of “Come to the Water: Sharing the Rich Black Experience in San Francisco,” “Our Roots Run Deep: The Black Experience in California” and other books.  He is founder of ReUNION: Education Arts Heritage, an instructional video network designed to provide culturally responsive curriculum to schools globally.  Templeton also operates SF Soul Shuttle tours which bring the African American history and culture of San Francisco, including where to dine, meet, shop and worship. He spoke about Martin Luther King coming to San Francisco and his importance for the African American community.
Then over 90 volunteers, many from the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program, Playworks, Lick-Wilmerding and University High School divided into three groups and traveled to three garden sites to work. A group from Lick-Wilmerding under the leadership of CommunityGrows staff Kelly Ernst-Friedman and Melissa Tang, worked in the garden and parking lot of the AAACC picking up trash and mulching and gleaning the native plants.IMG_5364
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IMG_5389A large group from Playworks joined CommunityGrows staff Adrian Almquist, Crystal Jones,  and BEET (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) Jennifer Nazara to work in Koshland Garden.IMG_5478IMG_5461IMG_5489IMG_5485Another large group from University High School joined CommunityGrows staff Jay Jordan, Cha’Shay Woldridge and BEET Adrian Valencia to work at Rosa Parks Elementary School garden.IMG_5411 IMG_5447IMG_5421IMG_5425
IMG_5403At the end of the workday morning, groups convened by at the AAACC for a delicious lunch and BBQ. So much good work was done to make these gardens and spaces shine. All the volunteers were awesome. Thank you so much to everyone for this very successful day!IMG_0650For MANY more photos check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.

Workday with LEJ and Girls 2000

7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2722On Saturday, July 25, 2015 the CommunityGrows BEETS(Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) hosted a workday in Koshland Park and Garden. Two other teen groups from the BayView joined them, Literacy for Environmental Justice and Girls 2000. After a warm-up getting to know you activity, our BEETS let a tour through the garden, pointing out the memorial planting area, the herb garden and orchard. 7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2627Then the teens broke up into groups through out the park and garden to plant natives, paint signs, do pruning, weeding of the paths and beds, sweep the stage area and collect trash. We harvested beets, carrots, potatoes and rose geranium. 7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2710Recreation and Park Gardener, Freddie Ealom worked with 8-10 youth moving a ton of wood chips to the upper park area. 7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2688LEJ teens, under the leadership of Anthony Khalil, and Girls 2000, under Brandi Mack’s leadership added a great culture exchange of youth environmentalist. 7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_26397.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2675Sharing knowledge among groups was awe inspiring. After a great lunch with macaroni and cheese, everyone made a commitment to come together again soon.
Thank you for an very productive and enlightening day.7.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_27327.25.15-KPWkday-LEG-Girls2000_IMG_2705For more photos see our Flickr Photostream here.