GreatNonProfits 2009 Green Choice Winner!

GreatNonProfits 2009 Green Choice Winner!
Green Choice Winner 2009

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April Workday a Great Success!

On Saturday, April 17, 2010 we had a workday in Koshland Park and Garden, sponsored by Kaiser-Permanente. Twenty-two neighborhood friends came out to help us move woodchips, prune tree wells, sift compost, building planter aisles and spruce up the park and garden. Thank you to the great volunteers and Kaiser-Permanente! “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless." Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Harvesting Favas with the Beacon Kids

Today first and second graders from the after-school Western Addition Beacon Center worked in Koshland Garden harvesting FAVA BEANS! Favas, really part of the pea family, are very nutritious and have many health benefits. They are especially high in fiber and iron and low in sodium. They even contain L-dopa, which is used as a drug for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, and eating them reduces the risk of heart disease. Shell before eating. Planting favas returns a lot of nitrogen back to the soil. Yumm!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Starting a Garden at the Hayward Recreation Center

On Wednesday, April 13, 2010 we began a nine-week program to create a garden at Hayward Recreation Center through a partnership with the Buchanan YMCA, across the street from Plaza East housing on Laguna St near Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. Youth designed the layout of the garden, what was to be planted, and then started digging. The following week they planted starts and added rich compost and water. It is exciting to see the changes each week, and we'll keep you up to date.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Handful Players Reherse in Koshland Garden

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, the Handful Players came to Koshland Garden to rehearse their upcoming play by Eugenie Chan entitled Rainbow in Your Corner. The play highlights how the children of San Francisco's Western Addition community meet the legendary John Muir and discover and learn to preserve the natural beauty of the neighborhood; the play is filled with classic jazz, soul, and gospel music and original lyrics. They will be performing this play on May 15th at Yoshi's in San Francisco at 1:00 PM. Tickets are $5 at the door. Kids 18 and under free. They may perform for us in Koshland Garden too, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

New FACEBOOK Page for CommunityGrows

Down-Home Workday in Koshland Park

We had a very friendly neighborhood workday this past Saturday. Many residents and families from Hayes Valley Apartments joined us to move a mountain of wood chip and transport native plants from the John Muir School front garden.

Some of the morning crew, including Freddie from the Recreation and Park Department and Megan Schufreider, Manager of Student Services at the California Academy of Sciences (tall blonde on the right).

Tulsi Pi and daughter Isabel Frazier and son.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Wreath & Card Making-12.12.09

CommunityGrows organized a Wreath and Card Making Event, with local partners, including Community Partners United, Hayes Valley Association and Trash Mash Up on a rainy Saturday in December. We had over 45 participants including many residents from Hayes Valley Apartments and a great team of volunteers from BuildOn organization! Thank you for a great day! More photos will be up on Flicker in the new year!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thanksgiving Event at John Muir Elementary School-November 21, 2009

CommmunityGrows joined many partners, including MoMagic and Community Partners United to celebrate Thanksgiving with the neighborhood at John Muir Elemetary School. Here are some photos from the event.

Ms. Welch, Nora Brereton and Ms. Brown:

Three Angels Dancing:

Our New Northern Station Captain, Ann Mannix and daughters Lauren and Kate:

Camilla Dawkins and Liz Jackson Simpson:

Takaija Gardener and Maysha Jackson from the YMCA Beacon Center: