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CommunityGrows

About

Our mission is to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income, diverse communities.

CommunityGrows, a project of the Tides Center, was established in 1994 to respond to the tremendous needs in the Western Addition community. Back then we were known as the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Parks Group and our goal was to reclaim Koshland Park from rampant criminal activity. Having been successful, we created the Koshland Park Community Learning Garden and Western Addition Peace Wall and, working in conjunction with John Muir Elementary School, we developed the park’s first community garden and nutrition education program for youth. In the past decade, CommunityGrows has renovated and/or maintained eight other parks and gardens in the Western Addition, providing welcoming oases for residents and outdoor classrooms for youth. Today, CommunityGrows serves over 1,330 youth each year through three interconnected programs: Environmental Education; Seed to Mouth cooking classes; and the BEETS paid teen internship.

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