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Workday with Bain & Co. and Gateway High School

On September 29, 2017 volunteers from Bain and Co and Gateway High School joined CommunityGrows for a workday in Koshland Garden. Melissa Tang, our new CommunityGrows Director of Programs, working with Adrian Almquist, Garden Programs Manager, led the day and assigned tasks.IMG_2117 These great crews turned the compost, IMG_2111prepped beds in the lower garden, weeded, moved concrete blocks, IMG_2103pruned ivy near the stage and above the shed, IMG_2102chopped down fennel, IMG_2094touched up the mural, aerated roots on trees, gleaned the nasturtiums, weeded grass out of the blackberries, sweep steps and the stage, IMG_2104weeded along outer edge of garden, organized the gloves, checked tool shed, and watered.

During the workday we had a visit from the new Recreation and Park Department’s Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program Manager, Mei Ling Hui.IMG_2110She was able to identify one of the mysteries of the garden: a citrus tree that seemed to grow gigantic limes. It turned out that this was a grapefruit tree, IMG_0172and Mei Ling suggested we prune it back and give it lots of nitrogen. We are very excited to discover the identity of this gem in our orchard.

Both Bain & Company and Gateway High School worked very well together, accomplishing so many tasks to get our garden in shape for the fall environmental education classes. IMG_2108IMG_2115Thank you so much for your great work! For more photos, check out our Flickr Photostream here.

Moving Heaven and EARTH!

9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1971On 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. 9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1978An hour into the workday, everyone came together in the lower garden to rehydrate and partake in the delicious spread brought by the parents.9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1988 One of our new CommunityGrows Advisory Board members, Jessica Jauw, came to help out with her nephew. 9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1999It 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. 9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1976Drip 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!9.9.17-RP-Wkday_IMG_1994 Congratulations Anna for doing such an amazing job! 9.14.17-RP_IMG_2088-SFW9.14.17-RP_IMG_2083-SFWFor more photos from the day check out our Flickr Photostreatm here.

GAP Workday in Buchanan Mall

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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The gardens looked healthier after some weeding and trash pickup.

 

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And the water and deadheading went a long way towards beautifying the plots.

 

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Not to mention how welcoming the area looked after the leaves had been swept and collected!

 

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There was also some heavy lifting involved, not that it stopped Colleen! (full disclosure: the bag is filled with leaves).

 

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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.

 

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Morgan Stanley Shines at Koshland Garden

IMG_1470On Wednesday August 16, 2017 a large group of Morgan Stanley volunteers came out to help us get Koshland Garden in good shape for the upcoming school year. After welcomes and introductions by the CommunityGrows staff, Melissa Tang, Director of Programs led everyone on a tour of the garden. IMG_1490The memorial planting garden was under renovation and expansion thanks to a Community Challenge grant from the City of San Francisco.IMG_1535Walking through the rows of beds volunteers learned about and tasted various plants that were growing. In the fruit orchard they got to see apples, lemons, prunes, persimmons, raspberries, blackberries and figs growing for fall harvest. IMG_1495Then volunteers were assigned different tasks that keep them busy for the afternoon.IMG_1517 They got to clean up the memorial circle, prune ivy, IMG_1512rake paths, sweep stairs, weed berry bushes and community beds, IMG_1534as well as sweep the stage, turn over the compost IMG_1505and prune along the fence line. IMG_1531IMG_1528When all this was done, everyone enjoyed watering. At the end of the day the group reconvened to talk about their experiences and what they enjoyed and learned from their visit. Thank you so much Morgan Stanley for providing this volunteer opportunity for us.IMG_1503 We are extremely grateful for your support and hard work! For more photos, please check out our Flickr Photostream here. Thank you again!

Great GAP Volunteer Day at Rosa Parks Garden

8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1390On Friday afternoon August 11, 2017, volunteers from the GAP came out to help us prepare our Rosa Parks Gardens for the upcoming school year. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1381After introductions and tours of the Upper and Lower gardens, two groups worked on watering and breaking up a area for planting. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_14328.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1379Tilling hoes and shovels did heavy work on the hard earth opening up the soil. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1423Compost was mixed in and cover crops of beans, oats and crimson clover were added to bring nutrients back. The chickens enjoyed the afternoon taking naps in the dirt and fluffing out their feathers. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1418At the end of the day everyone shared what the experience was like and what they learned. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1366It was also the last day of our great Rosa Parks Garden Educator, Jay Jordan, 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1454and the second day of his wonderful replacement, Anna Luberoff. IMG_1360Thank you so much GAP volunteers for helping us get the gardens ready for school. For more photos check out our Flickr Photostream here. 8.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_14558.11.17-GAP-RP-IMG_1445

Workday with Starbucks!

6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0580Koshland 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.6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_05866.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0583Long 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. 6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_05936.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0589A couple new gardeners were thrilled to finally get a plot and get off the three year wait list. 6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0584Thank you everyone for a great day. The garden looks terrific!6.10.17-KP-Wkday-Starbucks_IMG_0592

Sun and Fun in Buchanan Mall

6.9.17-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_0510What better way to be outside on a beautiful sunny day, than to give back to the community by spiffing up Buchanan Mall. Citizen Film, the Village Project and most of the CommunityGrows staff rolled up their sleeves to plant and mulch this wonderful space, making it even more inviting. 6.9.17-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_0487This five block area has been undergoing a transformation thanks to Citizen Films and many community partners. Today’s event got kids to put their hands in the dirt and do a lot of weeding and cleaning up of the site. 6.9.17-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_04336.9.17-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_0431They really got into having the responsibility of working with shovels, pitchforks and trowels, all under adult supervision.6.9.17-Buchanan-Mall_IMG_0526The space was truly transformed when the work was done. Thank you everyone for making the neighborhood more beautiful!
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Work and Health Day at Rosa Parks Elementary

IMG_0195On Saturday April 29, 2017 Rosa Parks Elementary held a workday in collaboration with CommunityGrows and the Buchanan YMCA Healthy Kids Day. IMG_0185This free event for families and friends-to charge into summer-included a bouncy house along with very helpful and healthy resources.IMG_0198Many families turned out to work in the gardens, getting them ready for summer planting-so much work to do!IMG_0201CommunityGrow staff Jay Jordan keep folks engaged in weeding, mulching and watering, as well as picking up trash. Here is one of the Rosa Park’s parents working near a Brussels sprouts plant.IMG_0181Seed-to-Mouth instructor Crystal Leon oversaw a table with food for a summer fare. IMG_0207She prepared a breakfast porridge of brown rice, almond milk and mashed bananas that was delicious especially with the addition of summer berries, grapes, pineapples, bananas and melons. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds topped the dish.IMG_0220It was a beautiful way to spend a healthy day outside enjoying the sunshine! For more photos from the day check out our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream.

BEETS build gardens at Plaza East

IMG_20170415_131716138_HDROur Fall-Spring cohort of BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated & Employable Teens) embarked on a special project to improve the backyards of seniors living in Plaza East Apartments. They spent months preparing for the project by learning how to consult with residents, design container gardens and create a garden care guide based on what they learned.IMG_20170124_165808783 IMG_20170413_164113608IMG_0991The garden guide highlighted the importance of growing organic, having healthy soil, weeding, mulching, watering and pruning. It also had advice on pest management. IMG_20170412_103400823IMG_20170502_162944037IMG_20170422_120004692_TOPWith a lot of sweat and love, the BEETS transformed overgrown gardens into spaces with endless possibilities. They also worked with the resident to design and build a container garden for their new space. IMG_20170422_122341724_HDRAll three residents received a maintained yard, new container garden, a garden tool kit and a garden care guide.IMG_20170502_170353610_HDR One resident said, “I can actually see myself out here in the yard.”IMG_20170415_133553962 We hope our three seniors can spend more time outside in their yards to practice their gardening skills, exercise, get some fresh air and to simply smell the roses.Attach0 (1)

Earth Day with International High School

IMG_0168On Saturday, April 22, 2017 CommunityGrows celebrated Earth Day with students from International High School in Koshland Garden. It was a great day of weeding, pruning, planting and cleaning up the garden for the summer.
IMG_0174IMG_0175IMG_0173 We were also happy to have two of our Advisory Board members Sarah Penney and Catheline Leung join us.IMG_0170 Paul Bergkamp led the crew through mulching the vegetable beds and composting. Great day to celebrate being outdoors and give thanks to the earth! Thank you International High School and Sarah and Catheline!IMG_0178