Rosa Parks chickens join a great workday!
A great turnout for our Rosa Parks Workday on Saturday, April 27, 2013.   Over forty volunteers from Starbucks joined many parents and friends of  the garden to do spring gardening and cleaning.  Another highlight of  the day was placing tiles on the growing caterpillar that graces the  wall around the Lower Garden.  These tiles were created by parents and  friends as a fundraising venture!  Check out photos from the day here.
Koshland Park and Garden Workday
this Saturday, May 11, 2013

5.11.13-KP-Wkday Flyer

Join us this Saturday, May 11th for a Koshland Park and Garden Workday from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.  We will be joined by a great group of Alumni from Yale University and  our volunteers from Starbucks and the neighborhood.  There will be  weeding, planting, mulching, sweeping, pruning, picking up trash and  making the park and garden shine.  Please wear layered, comfortable  work-clothes and closed-toed shoes.  Bring your own water.  Juice and  snacks will be provided.  For more information, contact Nora Brereton,  Director of Programs at 415-424-5770.  Hope to see you there!



BEETS Spring 2013 Graduation 

Beets Grad-Spring 2013

On Tuesday, April 30th thirteen teens graduated from our Spring 2013  BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) Program.   Two of them, Delvin Tobie Jr. and Shontay Vessell have gone through  three sessions for a year-long internship.  Other teens who finished the  four-month Spring 2013 session are Serena Adams, Claudia Williams,  Shayla Averett,Joseph Lilly, Julien Lundh,Jennifer Rodriguez, Mercedes  Cross, Julianna Echeverria, Armani Reed and Sydni Walker. After  describing highlights in the program, the teens received awards and kudo  from staff, family and friends.  Cupcakes rounded off the hour,  chillin’ and enjoying each others company.  Check out the video and photos here.

 Fillmore Farmers Market with Oasis for Girls!

BEETS-FarmersMarket On Saturday, April 6, 2013 under cloudy skies and drizzle, eight BEETS joined  seven young women from Oasis for Girls at the Fillmore Farmers Market  for a day of learning and fun.  Check out story and photos here.

UC Berkeley Partners with CommunityGrows

UCB-TeamThe UC Berkeley IABC (International Association of Business  Communicators), selected CommunityGrows as their group project this  spring to assist us with our Communications Plan.  A group of six women,  all students at UC Berkeley, spent weeks researching the best ways for  CommunityGrows to strengthen our outreach, both in social media,  corporate partnerships, and talent management.  Staci Ja Yoon Heo and  Camila Zattar led a team composed of Andrea Shen, Diana Luo, Stephanie  Jang and Mei Ling Hui. The team met with our Advisory Board and  presented us with two deliverables, which we hope to study and implement  in the next few months. Thank you for the great work. We are excited  about the possibilities and continued collaboration!


Spring Appeal is on its way.
We will soon be sending out our Spring appeal letter highlighting our CommunityGrows summer programs.  Get a jump start by donating now!  Thank you!
Bi-Rite Grocery Hightlights CommunityGrowsice cream
Bi-Rite Market and Creamery,  operating out of their new store on Divisadero St featured  CommunityGrows in their creamery for the month of April, by collecting  tips for us. If you’ve never been to Bi-Rite Grocery on 18th Street, or  the new Divisadero Store, or you’ve never tasted their award-winning ice  cream, you are in for a treat.
Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard Visit On Thursday, May 2, 2013, the CommunityGrows staff went to visit the  Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, for a little inspiration, reflection, and  exchange of ideas. Check out the story here.
Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

On Monday, April 8, 2013, our Seed to Mouth Cooking Class of CommunityGrows had three visitors from the San Francisco Foundation. On the menu was Vegetarian Minestrone Soup. Youth chopped  vegetables, and served this beautiful soup to our guests, then dived  into it themselves.  Check out story, recipe and photos here.

             seed packets

Koshland Gardeners Meet and Swap
Tuesday evening April 16, 2013 Koshland garden members came together to  swap seeds, show off their plots, ask questions and enjoy snacks and  refreshments. Check out the story here.
Tiles from the
Rosa Parks


tile at RP Girl George Williams

Please Support CommunityGrows!
We depend on charitable gifts to fund our programs.  CommunityGrows is a project of the Tides Center and all donations are fully deductible.  Please consider supporting us by making a gift today!  You can click on our the Network for Good site through the Tides Center here.  Your generosity helps us empower our youth through community service in San Francisco’s parks and gardens.
Thank You!  — the CommunityGrows Team! 
is a Project of the TIDES Center
Checks can be made out to
and mailed to Office Mailing Address below.
Contact Us:
Nora Brereton, Director of Programs
Lisa Drogin, BEETS Program Manager                        BEETS Application Drop Off Site: (415) 320-9578                310 Haight St, SF, CA  94102
Barbara Wenger, Executive Director
CommunityGrows Office Mailing Address:
762 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102-4119
Garden Offices:
John Muir Elementary School                Rosa Parks Elementary School
380 Webster St.                                      1501 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, California 94117            San Francisco, CA, 94115
Visit the
Koshland Park Community Learning Garden:
(in the lower eastern part of Koshland Park)
Corner of Page and Buchanan, San Francisco, CA 94102


Kid walking with shovel-tongue out

Thank you and Happy May! white chicken Kid in garden with gloves
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