On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 the BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) enjoyed a cooking day at AT&T Park. The park, home to the San Francisco Giants also hosts a beautiful garden. It is a 4,320-square-foot patch, located just under the scoreboard behind the centerfield wall. Beyond providing a one-of-a-kind food experience within AT&T Park, the Garden serves as a living, learning classroom that encourages children to live healthier, more active lives. Through hands-on activities, children learn about the importance of healthy eating, see first-hand where food comes from and how it grows, and roll up their sleeves for a cooking class alongside Bay Area chefs. The BEETS enjoyed harvesting the huge stems of kale, chard and broccoli to make pizzas in the kitchen. They also got to make fruit kabobs which were really delicious!
Report by Crystal Jones, CommunityGrows Seed-to-Mouth Coordinator.
Tuesday May 2nd was a very exciting day for youth in the Seed to Mouth – Edible Schoolyard Program at the Boys and Girls Club. A group from Willie Mays had a chance to invite the Tenderloin Clubhouse to join them on a field trip to the Giant’s Baseball garden at ATT Park. The youth got to exercise both mind and body, when we arrived to meet Hannah Schmunk of BonAppetit, who was prepared with a garden scavenger hunt and a day of pizza making for the them. The hunt involved reading a clue and identifying which fruit or vegetable was in the clue, then as a team, going throughout the garden in a youthful frenzy to find it. After the scavenger hunt and jump roping relay race, the youth worked in groups to make garden pizzas and fruit kabobs, using both herbs and various other ingredients growing in the garden. Youth adorned their pizzas with kale, a super food very well known to our garden-loving bunch. They were all very excited to learn of it growing in the Giant’s garden, and to find out that it is Giants’ baseball right fielder Hunter Pence’s favorite vegetable!
Each student got to take home their very own Giant’s Garden tote bag, and were surprised to find small bottles of olive oil, along with personally designed vegetable seed packets to plant veggies at their homes or school gardens. For more photos from the day check out the Photostream here.
On Thursday, November 12, 2015 we did our first cooking class at Willie Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point. It was an honor to work in this kitchen, which is part of the first Edible Schoolyard Project built in San Francisco by Alice Waters in June 2008. CommunityGrows will be offering cooking and gardening classes in the 2,000 square foot garden and well-appointed kitchen. One of the main objectives of these programs is to involve youth in all aspects of tending the garden – along with preparing, serving and eating the food – as a way to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. On this day Tavi Baker, MPH, the Citywide Director of Health and Fitness at the Boys & Gils Clubs of San Francisco joined us with Dominick Anthony, Education Director at Willie Mays Clubhouse. We were interviewing candidates for the Seed-to-Mouth Cooking Programs manager. This new position will oversee our cooking programs in the Western Addition and Bayview-Hunters Point. These photos are of the youth making veggie wraps.
The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco (BGCSF) started serving the Bayview-Hunters Point community in 2005 at the request of Mayor Gavin Newsom and City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who asked BGCSF to transform an old Housing Authority site into a safe haven for local youth. Their partnership has been critical in this historic project. Other key partners included the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants, who built a Junior Giants Field on-site and later led the effort to rename the Club after the great Willie Mays. Now the Willie Mays Clubhouse provides full-service resources for 6 to 18-year-olds on Hunters Point Hill – a community that for decades had desperately lacked services for young people.
CommunityGrows is thrilled to be partnering with the Willie Mays Clubhouse at Hunters Point and thanks the Department of Children, Youth and Families for this opportunity. For more photos from the day, check out our Flickr Photostream here.