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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. territories. Through capacity building activities such as fundraising, grant writing, research, and volunteer recruitment AmeriCorps members in the VISTA program serve in an office setting …

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. Our CommunityGrows garden educator, Ms. Cristina, greets the children with enthusiasm and explains …

Today we are kicking off our new and exciting series, “What’s In Season Wednesday?” on our CommunityGrows Instagram page. We’re sharing every Wednesday different fruits and vegetables in local grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and gardens that are harvested this time of year. Eating and shopping seasonal produce benefit local farms, …

A few weeks ago 4 members of CommunityGrows (CG) presented at the Climate Insitute's Teaching Climate Justice conference. At this event, a wide variety of speakers presented their work and reflections on climate justice and how it is represented and taught in the United States. Two of our BEETs (Band …

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 community centers across San Francisco. Together, we have grown countless amounts of plants, sparked curiosity and confidence within our youth, fed hungry bellies …

On a sunny December afternoon, I sat down at my computer to have a discussion via Zoom with the spirited Band of Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens (BEETs)  Leadership Crew. A vital part of CommunityGrows programming is a paid teen internship where San Francisco youth can learn about the environment, …

Garden Update 2020 How are the gardens you ask? They’re still growing with what they have, and appreciate the care they are able to receive. Things have been a little lonely without all the kids running around— but that’ll make the eventual return all the more exciting. Our staff has been …

This year has brought many curve-balls. How we’ve been preparing for and conducting our classes has been unlike any other, but our teachers are rising to the challenge, and are dedicated to giving their students something special. Our wonderful educator Yaya and partners at Booker T. have been working together to …

The BEETs Program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year! The BEETs Program is a paid internship for teens ages 14-19, which focuses on environmental justice, gardening, and job skills. This year, the program will take place virtually, as well as in-person in various outdoor locations throughout the city. This is a PAID …

Dear CommunityGrows family,With a grateful but bittersweet heart, I am officially announcing that I am leaving my position as Director of CommunityGrows this summer.  I am headed over to the East Bay to continue to  support equitable opportunities for health and wellness and connections to the Earth like we do …