Plant a Seed: Support our Youth!

April 2020 Newsletter

Dear Friends,
It’s been a hard few weeks. Self-quarantining and COVID-19 has had an impact on us all, and as our day-to-day operations change and new routines are being made, we want to keep you updated on our plans. Our top priority right now is the safety of our community, our youth, and our team.

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CommunityGrows staff will be working remotely until the shelter in place mandates are lifted. That being said, we are still committed to connecting youth with the gardens and the kitchen, and are working hard to develop lessons and plans to share and keep youth engaged (see more below).  
We want to thank you all for your patience during this time and to express how much we appreciate and love our community. We hope to continue providing resources and support to you and your families during this time (see Other Resources for unemployment, food, childcare, and more). If there’s any content you want to see, concerns about the shared garden spaces, or questions that you have, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 
With gratitude,
The CommunityGrows Team   

Featured Stories

Our Plan for Sheltering in Place

Long Distance Learning: 

With schools closed, we know that many people are stepping into the role of teacher for the next few weeks. Our hope with creating digital lesson plans and activities is that our students and community will be able to stay connected with the gardens, and to lighten the load for people who taking on these educator roles. Starting next Monday we will provide lessons once a week with activities with a focus on Nature in Your Neighborhood. The first lessons will be geared towards Kindergarten and 1st grade students – who would have been the next groups in the garden – and later lessons for 4th and 5th graders. Activities will be structured in varying formats, and will be available on our website, social media platforms, and in our newsletters. We will also share Crafts and Recipes that can be done at home! If you have any questions, please contact us at
Koshland and Covid-19: 

At this time, following the shelter in place order, SF Rec and Park discourages us from visiting community gardens. We know that for some of you, the garden may be part of your essential functions. If you do choose to visit the garden, please take every precaution possible to protect yourself and other members of the community - read more about guidelines and info here...
BEETS Virtually Explore Connection Between Climate Change, COVID-19, and Hope

After taking time earlier in the week to  explore articles and videos like Rebecca Solnit's Extraordinary Achievements of Ordinary People and A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, members of the BEETs Leadership Crew facilitated a virtual discussion focused on the connection between climate change, COVID-19, and hope. Although we can't check up on the peas and carrots we planted last month, the BEETs are staying busy during the month of April through learning about the Green New Deal, and envisioning what a hopeful, climate-resilient future could look like for all of us.

Crafts and Activities 

Toilet Paper Animals
Supplies: toilet paper rolls and crafty supplies you have on hand - markers, paints, construction paper, pipe cleaners, fabric scraps, etc.

Directions: Using your supplies and imagination, create fun animals to display around the house! Also good to use in puppet shows or story reenactments! Need more inspiration? Click the links below for ideas:
Leaf Rubbing Activity
Supplies: paper, colored pencils/crayons, and leaves

Directions: Go on a nature walk today and bring a couple of leaves back with you! To do a leaf rubbing, place the leaf under your paper, h
old down your paper, and then color over your leaves. 

Featured Recipes

Roasted Chickpea Snack

Shared by Seed to Mouth Educator Yaya

Kid Jobs: pinching, pouring, stirring, eating, smelling

Learning objectives: Choosing spices is a creative skill that you can practice and develop. Begin to know spices based on smell, color and texture. Delicious snacks can be healthy, homemade, affordable, and fun. Practice fine motor skills. 

  • 1 Can Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Any mix of spices that you like [I generally do Smoked Paprika and Garlic, but this is a nice way to develop and share a preference]. 
Supplies: Mixing Bowl, Stirring Spoon (or you use your hands!), Baking Tray, Oven.

See Full Recipe Here...

Sweet Potato Tacos
Shared by Seed to Mouth Educator Yaya

  • 2 lbs (about 4 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 and 3/4'' cubes
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chili powder, to taste
  • Chipotle powder, cayenne, or hot sauce, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 12 small or 6 medium tortillas
  • 1 15 ounce can of refried black beans
  • 1 lime, in wedges
  • Sliced avocado, pickled red onions, pickled jalapenos, chopped fresh cilantro, hot sauce, Lazy Taco Slaw, or your choice(s) thereof, to finish
As a regular napper, Yaya says this meal (delicious and light) gives her energy and keeps her going to the end of the day. See the full recipe here: Sweet Potato Tacos
Oldies but goodies...

Other Resources

Resources from SFUSD: Food Jobs and Unemployment: Undocumented Workers: Childcare
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