On Friday afternoon May 13, 2016 from 4-6 PM students and CommunityGrows partners came out for a great BBQ in Koshland Garden. Teachers from John Muir Elementary School joined parents from Rosa Parks Elementary School, along with Magic Zone and Western Addition Beacon kids for hot dogs, salads, chips, watermelon and cookies to celebrate the end of the school year. It was great seeing the kids hang out in the garden were they had their classes all year. Their favorite activity was picking raspberries and hanging out with their friends. Everyone had a good time. Mr Adrian Almquist, CommunityGrows Gardens Program Manager, cooked the hots and kept the conversations going with the kids. He said this was his favorite event of the year. For more photos check out our Flickr Photostream here.
On a rainy Saturday, January 9, 2016, CommunityGrows joined Buchanan Mall partners, Green Streets, Citizen Film and Mo’Magic to clean, green, serve and beautify San Francisco. Many volunteers throughout the City came to Ella Hill Hutch at 9:00 AM, donned yellow rain gear, and helped plant a tree in the front of Ella Hill Hutch Center and divided into teams to plant around the building and the mall. The event was sponsored by the Department of Public Works, the Recreation and Park Department and the Mayor’s Office.Mayor Lee joined Mo’Magic youth and director, Cheryl Davis to dedicate a tree in front of Ella Hill Hutch Community Center and to honor the good work in the community reactivating Buchanan Mall. Then Green Streets workers, Randolph Lee, Tyrone Mullins, Roger Blalark and Shannon Watts (also of CommunityGrows) lead the Mayor, Phil Ginsberg, Northern Police Station Captain Greg McEachern and other dignitaries on a walk through the mall. The Green Streets team talked about all the community effort that went into the Buchanan Mall project, with support from the Recreation and Park Department, the Trust for Public Land, and the Exploratorium. They talked about how this was just the beginning in reclaiming the Mall and bringing residents out to revitalize it.For more photos, see our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.
On Saturday afternoon, December 12, 2015 CommunityGrows hosted our 13th annual Wreath and Card Making event. Held at the Hayes Valley South Community Room, it attracted many residents, families and youth from the community. The BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) helped out getting everyone started with frames, boughs, and trinkets. There was warm cider and munchies to share. Residents keep coming back every year to relax, enjoy each others company and let their creative juices flow. We were also honored to have Devi Zinzuvadia from Mo’Magic help with the card-making table where lots of beautiful creations were made. A highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of London Breed, our District 5 Supervisor and President of the Board of Supervisors. We were so glad to share our creations with her. Everyone did an amazing job, and the wreaths and cards were spectacular! For more photos, see our Flickr Photostream here.
Yes, it was cold (50 degrees!), and overcast, yet who can keep us away from a BBQ? On Friday afternoon May 29, 2015, CommunityGrows held its summer kick-off BBQ in Koshland Garden to celebrate the end of the school year and all our great partnerships. We were honored to have the Bibimbap Backbackers here, a group of great young people promoting healthy eating with Korean cuisine. These energetic advocates aim to spread healthy eating habits by introducing healthy food. They believe that healthy eating habits provide a higher standard of living, and by extension, healthier communities.
The youth from Magic Zone, joined community members, CommunityGrows staff, volunteers, Advisory Board members, families and friends who brought chili, potato salad, cookie, and other specialty dishes to compliment the grilled hotdogs and delicious plates of bibimbap vegetables and brown rice. It was lots of fun and a chance for us all to “chill out” in every sense of the word! For more photos see our Flickr Photostream.
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 our after-school youth from MagicZone came to Koshland Park for a lesson in decomposers. A decomposer is part of the food chain. When something dies, like a plant or an animal, a decomposer breaks down dead plants and animals. Decomposers turn dead material into good fertilized soil. Worms are decomposers. Their job is to break down things like dead leaves and grass. Their waste makes the soil healthy. Having worms in your garden is a good thing!
These young students, who have been with CommunityGrows for a few years, were already very familiar with the garden and loved the opportunity to sift through the compost to find worms, rolly pollies and other decomposers.
Two of our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens), Aquarius Porter and Cesar Martinez, worked with the youth to help them sift through the compost and find the wiggly creatures.
To see more photos, visit our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.
On Saturday, December 6, 2014 a great turnout of the community with families and youth made our Wreath and Card Making event an overwhelming success. Our BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) engaged everyone arriving, showing them how to make wreaths for the first time. With so many great trinkets and baubles, ribbons, ornaments, and boughs of greenery, the creativity was overflowing.
It was so much fun to hang out with our friends and supporters and enjoy each other’s company. Here are some photos from the day. You can also check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.