Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Seeds of Change Contest
Visit Seeds of Change's Facebook Page to vote for your favorite San Francisco community gardens in need!
Help your favorite or local community garden or farm by voting now through 5/17/2013. You can vote once a day. The gardens with the most attention will be up for a $25,000 grant or one fifteen $10,000 grants.*
STARR KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION GARDEN
At this time the PTA is the sole funder of our Garden Coordinator's salary plus classroom and project supplies. Improvements to the garden and infrastructure are likewise dependent upon community support. This limits the depth of the curriculum.
With the support of a Seeds for Growth grant we would expand the number of teaching beds, add a small greenhouse, a tool shed, a potting bench and cold frame. This would also support an after-school element to the program that is wanted by the community.
Urban Sprouts seeks funding to create an outdoor kitchen in the garden at June Jordan School for Equity and provide educational programming to engage the community. We see the kitchen as the heart of the garden; a place for education, nourishment, and community building. An outdoor kitchen provides a space for us to increase the use of food grown on site, while providing students and the community with cooking opportunities and lessons focused on healthy eating and the local food system.
JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER GARDEN PROJECT
If awarded a grant, we will use the money to fund Phase Two of the garden. Phase Two is the expansion of the garden into a larger outdoor space that will give all JJC residents, male and female, access to the garden. The outdoor space is significant because in the seven years that JJC has been open and operating, detainees have yet to be permitted to go outside and use this space. We will use the money to fund the supplies necessary for this expansion and to fund our garden educator.
BRYANT ELEMENTARY SEED TO TABLE GARDEN
FoHM would use $10,000 to start a schoolyard vegetable garden and develop a green garden curriculum at Bryant Elementary School for children and families. Bryant is an inner city school in San Francisco's Mission District, the sunniest neighborhood in San Francisco. Bryant is a small public school serving 300 students in grades Pre-K through 5th. The students are approximately 90.4% Latino, 2.4% African American, 7% Asian and other and 91% qualify for free and reduced lunch.
SUNSET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S LEARNING GARDEN
Sunset needs to hire a contractor to build a new garden design. Over 11 years, we expanded an herb garden into an outdoor classroom. We need to make repairs and redesign space to better serve our needs and give our students an even better base to understand food and the environment. We have district funds designated for building materials and our PTA has fundraised for a new garden based on a cohesive plan. However, professionals have advised us we will also need about $10,000 for construction.
SPRING VALLEY SCIENCE SCHOOL
If we received the $10,000 or $25,000 grant, we would spend it on augmenting our school garden, which will be in place after the summer of 2013. It will go towards a water collection system to harvest rain water and help irrigate our garden in a sustainable way. If there's any money let, we can purchase some gardening tools that we can use for our outdoor classrooms.
Our Oasis is the product of over ten years of coordinated initiatives aligning out ADA facilities upgrade, school yard greening bond, site based sustainability commitment and school wide anti-bullying/ school climate programs. Now, having built the space and designed the curriculum, we need to ensure that the programs continue to thrive to serve our students' and communities needs. Funds are needed to support a Garden coordinator to maintain the space and support students' use and access.