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June and July garden and volunteer photos

In June and July Quesada Gardens organized and hosted several volunteer groups, including Habitat for Humanity, Good Eggs, Youth Conservation Corps, Bloomburg and ARC of San Francisco.

These groups, organized by our tireless-but-probably-exhausted Co-Chairperson Shane King, help to keep our garden tended and weeded. Carlos John Davila and Co-Chairperson Craig Cannon led groups, helping direct the workers and organize the game plan.

Joel and Mary McClure, as they have for years, directed volunteers at the Bridgeview Teaching and Learning Garden, a project they maintain.

Neighbors Carlos Davila and his daughter Meah, Wei Ming Dariotis and Hussain AbdulhaqqTai Tran and Mark Philpot, Jeffrey BetcherMaxine Kraemer, and Rithy Chan are just some of the neighbors who have been working very hard to make the garden beautiful and welcoming. Thank you everyone. And I’m sorry if I missed anyone, I’m not ALWAYS watching!!

Please enjoy some photos from the volunteer groups and from some neighbors working in the garden.

Elizabeth Skow

Jeffrey Betcher neatens plantings on sidewalk in front of the Pettus’ home. 
Images: Craig Cannon
The models posing with their traffic cut-outs. One has been installed on Quesada Ave.
Hussain Abdulhaqq in his skirt of Nastertium.
Wei Ming working in a terraced section of the gardens.
Images: Maxine Kraemer

LEJ grows next generation of environmentalists

Anthony Khalil works with youth and volunteers
at the LEJ nursery at Candlestick Park.  Photo: Footprints
Volunteerism is driving grassroots change in Bayview Hunters Point.  Literacy for Environmental Justice has shared that “over 1900 loyal volunteers and students collectively invested 10,000 hours to restoring local ecology….”

That’s important, not just because there’s work needing done (they’ve grown over 10,000 plants at the new wetlands at Yosemite Slough), but because the volunteers themselves can have meaningful, even transformative experiences.  Here’s what two LEJ youth have said:

“I liked how we had a chance to work with youth of the Bayview neighborhood and we all got the chance of working together to do something positive.”  – Renneka Jones LEJ Youth Intern

“I improved my communication skills, gardening skills, public speaking skills, and also my follow-through skills.” – Jose Jimenez LEJ Youth Intern

Quesada Gardens Initiative builds community in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. www.quesadagardens.org

Gay for Good leave neighbors in awe

A volunteer service group called Gay for Good returned to Bayview Saturday, and left neighbors in awe of how much work got done.

Nearly 60 volunteers worked with a dozen neighbors to weed, mulch and prune the landmark Quesada Garden into seasonal shape.  A second Nourishmat garden was installed in the center section of the garden, along with planting beds constructed with bricks re-purposed from a neighbor’s old chimney.

Over 15 yards of compost was dropped off on Friday, by Recology, in support of the volunteer effort.  On Monday, a friend of Quesada who works for the City came by to pick up green waste.

Quesada Gardens Initiative builds community in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. www.quesadagardens.org