John Muir School’s Pollinator Project

11.14.13-JMES-Markos_IMG_3426On Thursday, November 14, 2013 John Muir Elementary School in San Francisco was a-buzz with activity as parents, teachers, principal Chris Rosenberg, CommunityGrows staff and the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) joined Markos Major, for a Pollinator Garden Project at the school. They planted California native and other climate-adapted plants, feed the garden’s Recology compost, sowed hundreds of cover crop seeds (fava beans and peas), and celebrate San Francisco’s biodiversity!
As coordinator of the “Climate Action Now!” teen environmental education program Markos makes it his mission to communicate the connections between climate change and consumption choices. With a focus on empowerment through action, Climate Action Now! examines how everyday choices like composting and eating locally grown seasonal (mostly vegetarian) foods can help reduce the effects of climate change.
One of the highlights of the afternoon came when the teens were planting in front of the school and Director of Programs, Nora Brereton discovered a tiny frog in one of the planter containers. It was a thrill rarely met with! After everyone had a chance to see the frog before Markos safely returned it to a pond in San Francisco.