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Looking Back on 2017

Annual Report Cover

It’s here! We are happy to share with you our 2017 Annual Report and new one-page infographic. Read on for some highlights, or click the buttons below to download digital copies.

“Positive engagement with the environment is proven to have lasting effects on children’s physical and mental health, and we want to ensure that all kids have the same chance at being healthy and pursuing their dreams.”

— Kelly ErnstFriedman, CommunityGrows Executive Director

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Consistent, free access to safe outdoor spaces and education

We’re curbing Nature Deficit Disorder — the idea that there are negative behavioral and emotional effects from spending less time in nature — one garden-based class at a time.

Lasting effects on physical and mental health

“What I really like is when we get to water the plants, eat some berries, and just walk around, get to know the place, and feel that nothing could harm me. I feel like I’m meant to be there.”

– 5th Grader

All youth can be healthy, eco-literate leaders

“The garden represents a place for growth and new beginnings. Like the garden, our lives are constantly changing. We don’t recognize change in ourselves, but it’s there. We just need to look back to see how much we’ve grown.” 

– 2017 BEETS Graduate

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CG establishes Work-Site Wellness Policy!

image1Cultivating health is important not just for the kids and families we serve, but it’s vital for our staff as well. Thanks to support from Kaiser Permanente, CommunityGrows had the wonderful opportunity to work with Tuline Baykal from Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC) to create our first official Community Grows Work-Site Wellness Policy!
Provide access to free, safe drinking water
-pure and simple
Implement beverage standards for staff 
-no added sweeteners
-no artificial flavors
-low-fat and low-calorie
Encourage employees to integrate physical activity
-walking challenge
-walking meetings
-physical activity breaks
Support healthy food choices
-local and seasonal
-emphasize fruits, veggies and whole grains
-provide vegetarian options
-proteins including lean meat, fish, beans, tofu, eggs, nuts, and seeds
-no trans-fat, low saturated fat, low sodium and sugar
-use healthy fats for cooking
-substitute fresh fruit or yogurt for dessert
-portion control
-provide recipes and recommendations on wellness bulletin board
Check out our full Work-Site Wellness Policy!

We are Chrissy Field Heroes!

Our own Barbara Wenger of Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group has won!
2008 Crissy Field Center Community Heroes Award

The Crissy Field Center, an urban environmental center, announces The Community Heroes Award. This award honors the accomplishments, challenges and successes of community members who work tirelessly to preserve, protect, and raise awareness about our environment.

The Center’s Community Advisors select Community Heroes from your nominations. Heroes who are selected are honored with a ceremony at Crissy Field Center on Saturday, May 10, 2008, where we unveil a year-long exhibit depicting each of the honorees in life-size photographic portraits and companion digital stories that share their unique experience making positive environmental change in their communities.

This is an opportunity for unsung heroes and community leaders to share the limelight and receive well-deserved recognition for their valuable contributions and positive impact regarding the environment.

What is a Community Hero?

Community Heroes are people from all over the Bay Area and from all walks of life. They come from all races, ethnic backgrounds and age groups, working in common to protect, restore, and raise awareness for the environmental issues that are relevant to their communities. Many are engaged in grass-roots activism, others work on legislation, and several are educators. Many call themselves volunteers, while others have built careers working in the environmental movement.

Whatever their approach, methodology, or position, they all fit one very important criterion: their work has made a positive impact on the community and has inspired others to get involved and make a difference.

Staff Update!

Koshland Garden is kept lively by the work of 3 staff,
hundreds of enthusiastic John Muir Elementary students,
over 50 dedicated community gardeners,
the oh so very many generous and appreciated volunteers who share their time with us,
and all our visitors and community members who come by to say hello and give the garden some love.

Join us! Our garden workdays are 2-5pm each Wednesday, and our weekend events are always posted on this blog.

New to the staff this year is Elokin, Garden Educator with John Muir Elementary, and BEET Ranger Program Coordinator.
Look for the BEET Rangers starting in April- this is Koshland Garden and the Hayes Valley Neighborhood PARKS Group’s exciting new green-job internship program for Western Addition teens.
Contact: gardenkids@gmail.com (415) 643-3638

Nora Brereton continues with Koshland Garden for her second year, as Garden Educator with John Muir Elementary, and Community Garden Coordinator. Please get in touch with her to sign up for a plot.
Contact: noraborealis@juno.com (415) 424-5770

Barbara Wenger is the Executive Director of the larger organization that Koshland Garden is a program of- the Hayes Valley Neighborhood PARKS Group. She continues her work as the Founder of Koshland Garden, and Executive Director of the entire project, and tireless leader who keeps everything moving from behind the scenes. She’s amazing!
Contact: hvnparks@hotmail.com (415) 431-8112