On Saturday, September 9, 2017, CommunityGrows kicked off its partnership with Rosa Parks Elementary by literally moving over 40 cubic feet of beautiful soil into the two school gardens. Parents and students, many from the Green Team of the PTA, began arriving around 10am and pitched in where needed. It was a warm and sunny day, with lots of sweat equity going on. An hour into the workday, everyone came together in the lower garden to rehydrate and partake in the delicious spread brought by the parents. One of our new CommunityGrows Advisory Board members, Jessica Jauw, came to help out with her nephew. It was here that our new Rosa Parks Garden Educator, Anna Luberoff, emphasized the dire need to get all the soil moved by 1pm. Crews mobilized with five wheelbarrows, and by the end of the day, all soil had been brought into the gardens. Beds were shaped in an empty area 24 feet wide with 18 inch paths, and soil was added to all the plots. Drip lines were moved, dead plants pulled, and soil broken up and rejuvenated. Weeds invading raised planter boxes and fruit trees were weeded. Strawberry and blueberry plants were transplanted into temporary pots. Raspberries were pruned. Sage was dug up and transplanted. Beds in the lower garden were weeded and soil added. Trash was picked up and paths were mulched with straw. It was an extremely ambitious day for our Garden Educator’s first workday! Congratulations Anna for doing such an amazing job! For more photos from the day check out our Flickr Photostreatm here.
On Friday, September 8th, volunteers from GAP joined CommunityGrows in Buchanan Mall and the AAACC to help us get the gardens in shape for the Fall season.
We started our afternoon with a visit from two Citizen Film representatives. They shared the story of how the community came together to create, and now maintain, the Buchanan Mall street gardens.
For the first part of the workday, we divided and conquered. One group assembled student journals for the Rosa Parks garden classes, while the other group began working in Buchanan Mall.
The gardens looked healthier after some weeding and trash pickup.
And the water and deadheading went a long way towards beautifying the plots.
Not to mention how welcoming the area looked after the leaves had been swept and collected!
There was also some heavy lifting involved, not that it stopped Colleen! (full disclosure: the bag is filled with leaves).
Thank you so much to the GAP volunteers for taking part of their Friday to help us clean up and give the gardens a fresh new look for Fall! Check out our Flickr page for more photos.
Koshland Garden got a spiffing up on Saturday, June 10, 2017 with the help of a great crew from Starbucks. Thanks to CommunityGrows Advisory Board member Jaromy Schmidt, who manages a Starbucks stores in San Francisco, many of his team came out to support us and brought delicious coffee. Adrian Almquist, Garden Programs Manager led the morning, and got people weeding the pathways, composting, and pruning back blackberries, ivy and mock orange plants.Long time neighborhood volunteer Richard Johnson trimmed the ivy along the ramp of the peace wall. CommunityGrows ED joined the day to meet and greet, take photos and organize the garden gloves, finding 23 lonely right handers! At 1:00 PM some of the community gardeners came by to check out the upcoming plans for garden renovations. A couple new gardeners were thrilled to finally get a plot and get off the three year wait list. Thank you everyone for a great day. The garden looks terrific!