Yearly Archives: 2017

Photo of Jay teaching a gardening class Saying Farewell to Mr. Jay Jackfruit

September 1st, 2017

This month we are saying farewell to one of our beloved Garden Educators, Jay “Jackfruit” Jordan. Jay came to CommunityGrows in 2015 as a recent graduate of Northwestern University’s African American Studies program. Since then he has managed four of our community gardens, including the ones at Rosa Parks Elementary School — meaning he did … Continue reading Saying Farewell to Mr. Jay Jackfruit

Tags: Employees Highlighted, Environmental Education, Rosa Parks Elementary School

IMG_1665 Choose Peace-Stop the Violence

August 27th, 2017

On Saturday, August 26th there were a lot of rallies going on in San Francisco. In fact, two blocks away from our office and Buchanan Mall, thousands of people mobilized around Alamo Square to show their disdain for white supremacy. Months before these rallies developed, our Western Addition community came together to present a Peace … Continue reading Choose Peace-Stop the Violence

Tags: , , Buchanan Mall, Peace Festival

IMG_1551-SFW CommunityGrows wins Neighborhood Justice Award

August 24th, 2017

CommunityGrows has won a $3,000 grant from the District Attorney’s Office Neighborhood Justice Award. The award will help CommunityGrows build neighborhood cohesion, by employing the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) to beautify a community garden at the African American Arts and Culture Complex and maintain Buchanan Mall as a safe space, between … Continue reading CommunityGrows wins Neighborhood Justice Award

Tags: , Neighborhood Justice Fund

HappyBoy-with-Snack-Crystal-2017 Summer Fun: Nutrition & Cooking at the YMCA Hayward Rec

August 24th, 2017

This summer CommunityGrows’ Rec Connect class has met with cooking class coordinator Crystal Leon with a theme of summer simplicity that will also be able to carry students throughout the school year. That theme is: After School Snack. With the goal of putting together a series of lessons that included all recipes that the kids … Continue reading Summer Fun: Nutrition & Cooking at the YMCA Hayward Rec

Tags: , , Buchanan YMCA, Cooking Class

IMG_1512 Morgan Stanley Shines at Koshland Garden

August 17th, 2017

On Wednesday August 16, 2017 a large group of Morgan Stanley volunteers came out to help us get Koshland Garden in good shape for the upcoming school year. After welcomes and introductions by the CommunityGrows staff, Melissa Tang, Director of Programs led everyone on a tour of the garden. The memorial planting garden was under … Continue reading Morgan Stanley Shines at Koshland Garden

Tags: , , , , Koshland Garden, Koshland Park, Koshland Park, Morgan Stanley, Volunteers, Workdays

Now hiring for 2017-18 BEETS program!

August 17th, 2017

Attention BEETS applicants: we’ve extended our deadline! BEETS will gain skills around landscape design, outreach and communication, and project management. This year we are working with partners to create garden spaces along the Buchanan Mall! The application deadline is rolling! Apply TODAY! Download the application below or email for more information.   Download BEETS Application  

Tags: , BEETS, Buchanan Mall, Job Postings

8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1383 Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

August 13th, 2017

On Friday afternoon August 11, 2017, volunteers from the GAP came out to help us prepare our Rosa Parks Gardens for the upcoming school year. After introductions and tours of the Upper and Lower gardens, two groups worked on watering and breaking up a area for planting. Tilling hoes and shovels did heavy work on … Continue reading Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

Tags: , , , , GAP, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Volunteers, Workdays

IMG_1344 Health Faire at Ella Hill

August 5th, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017 was an overcast day, but that didn’t stop hundreds of kids and families coming out to the Health Faire at Ella Hill Hutch. The rewards were getting fully-loaded backpacks to start school. Many organizations and health agencies gave these families an opportunity to learn about resources in the community. There was … Continue reading Health Faire at Ella Hill

Tags: , , Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, Health Faire

6.26.17-KP-WABeacon_IMG_0816 Summer Fun with the Western Addition Beacon

August 2nd, 2017

On Monday, June 26th the Western Addition Beacon Center youth came to Koshland Park for their fun time in the garden. Adrian Almquist, Garden Programs Manager led the class through the cycle of life—from seeds, to plants, to fruits and vegetables. They got to plant fava beans and starts of kale and then watered the … Continue reading Summer Fun with the Western Addition Beacon

Tags: , , , Koshland Garden, Summer Science, Western Addition Beacon

8.1.17-NNO-EEH-IMG_1310 National Night Out

August 2nd, 2017

On Tuesday night, August 1, 2017 the community came out to celebrate National Night Out. It was a night for politicians, police officers and fire crews to come by and meet the community. CommunityGrows maned a table to show vegetables from the garden, pass out information about upcoming programs and opportunities, and offer fruit skewers … Continue reading National Night Out

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