The BEETs (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) program at CommunityGrows is led by Kunal Palawat, who describes themselves as a Desi gardener, critical environmental justice researcher, and cook. They bring multiple years of experiential education, community organizing, and scientific research experience to CommunityGrows. More than that though, they bring and share their passion for the land that is contagious and inspiring. And it all started with a love for food and soil.
3 Ways to Connect Your Child to the Environment
Summer classes have officially ended, and our garden educators spent 6 weeks teaching students from kindergarten through 6th grade about gardening and cooking skills. It was fun, challenging, and therapeutic.
From a Seed to a Community
I joined BEETs on a reference by my teacher. I joined for the sole reason on how they interacted with nature. It was something I had grown interested in, something I wanted to explore. Nature was depleting every single day, and my anxiety over climate change had really pushed me to the job.
Breaking News: Kids actually love salad!
This December, Salad Day has made a comeback into the gardens at Rosa Parks Elementary and for the first time ever at Leonard Flynn Elementary in San Francisco. Vegetables that were...
Wreath Making + Holiday Fair back in person!
After weeks of planning, we still can’t believe how time flew by so quickly that we are halfway through December. CommunityGrows staff had the opportunity of safely...
Meet our 2021-2022 Americorps VISTAS
Our CommunityGrow's VISTAS are members of the Americorps VISTA program. The VISTA program started in 1965 and serves in all 50 U.S. states and U.S....
Welcoming Students Back to the Garden
On a beautiful sunny day, I hear cheerful little voices slowly beginning to approach the garden. Two small classes of kindergarten students from John Muir Elementary are coming to learn in person at the Koshland Community Garden.
New Series: “What’s in Season Wednesday?”
Today we are kicking off our new and exciting series, “What’s In Season Wednesday?” on our CommunityGrows Instagram page…
CG at the Teachers’ Climate Institute
A few weeks ago 4 members of CommunityGrows (CG) presented at the Climate Insitute's Teaching Climate Justice conference. At this...
Black Community Heroes
Celebrating Black Visionaries
In community we can create what’s bigger and more beautiful than ourselves as individuals. With this in mind, we are partnered with 20 schools and...