Volunteered at Giannini Middle School’s school garden today in San Francisco. Giannini is a public school with one of the largest school gardens in the city. Casey (pictured above) is the program director and was hired by the PTSA to run the garden. Classes visit the garden throughout the week, however it is mainly the 6th grade that is involved. There is also a student Garden Club once a week. The garden was developed and maintained mainly due to parent help and donation, as well as volunteers. Students also volunteer in the garden to meet their community service requirement.
Today we: painted wood for garden signs and rocks for garden decoration, transplanted strawberry and yarrow plants into the new food forest/orchard, and built the outer layer of the cob oven.
Ben (who invited me to the work day) runs a SF organization called Grow Your Lunch and helps schools like Giannini establish and develop their school garden program. He is definitely a great resource and offered to help me network within the Bay Area.
Felt great to get involved with a specific program, connect with youth, and get my hands back in the soil!