With the weather warming up and some moisture in the ground, we got to work direct seeding some of our favorite flowers this week, including cosmos. Cosmos grow to 4-5 feet tall and have a steady supply of flowers for … Continue reading →
In 2013, Collective Roots and our nutrition education subcontractors reached over 11,000 people through our innovative nutrition programs including Cooking Matters, Fresh Fest, the Rethink Your Drink Campaign, and our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Tasting programs throughout Santa Clara, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties. Check out our results and celebrate our success!
As we begin to plant our seedlings this year, we decided to build PVC frame coverse with bird-netting to protect our precious seedlings in the greenhouse. Last year we lost a number of seedlings to birds and mice. This year, our little plants will be well protected!
The best thing about these covers is they double as bed covers in our garden. Once our seedlings are ready to be transplanted, we’ll cover them up and make sure they are well protected until they grow big and strong!
Check out Collective Roots’ Executive Director Kris Jensen on ABC’s Beyond the Headlines, talking about the work of Collective Roots to address food insecurity, hunger, and healthy food access in East Palo Alto.
Collective Roots is featured on the Edible Schoolyard Blog! Check it out!
At Collective Roots, we seek to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. Our programs empower community members to grow their own food, encourage kids to safely prepare healthy snacks, promote seed saving and other sustainable gardening practices, and allow students and community members to try new fruits and vegetables through taste tests, cooking demonstrations, and nutrition classes. These programs – divided into school-based and community-based interventions – are all vital to our mission. Over the years, we have found increased impact and success as we strive to better integrate our community programs with our school-based classes and activities. Read more for some examples of our integration efforts.
Sadie Taylor, who has lived in East Palo Alto for 46 years, said she’s accustomed to going to Safeway in Menlo Park or Foods Co. in Redwood City for groceries simply because she always has. She also goes to the California Avenue farmers market, which she said has things that the East Palo Alto market doesn’t. She knows that Mi Pueblo has a lot of fresh produce but doesn’t shop there often, she said. She said she doesn’t know why. Taylor also has tended to a garden of her own for the last 10 years, growing collard greens, turnips, green beans, tomatoes and more. “(Fresh food) is very important to me,” Taylor said. “Homegrown food, yes.” She called the farmers market a blessing, one of many positive changes she’s seen in the almost half century she’s lived in East Palo Alto. ”I appreciate it. That’s another change. We never had a farmers market here before.” Read more.
Stanford’s Cardinal for the Community program (C4C) worked with Collective Roots on Saturday to install a garden at the Community Reentry Program of East Palo Alto -a social service agency for parolees and youth on probation. Eleven student athletes representing women’s soccer, men’s golf, and track and field got an early start on Saturday morning to assemble eight, raised wooden garden beds designed for growing food for East Palo Alto community residents. Read more.
Youth in the community and older residents may be surprised to learn that EPA was once home to fruit orchards and plant nurseries. One tour through the city and that history becomes evident. There’s an abundance of fruit trees, wild plants and wildlife within city limits. “Just learning about East Palo Alto history and learning to appreciate things in my community, I never tripped on the fact that I have a lemon tree, an orange tree, a plum tree,” said Ms. Phillips. “You walk around East Palo Alto all the time and you see these trees and don’t trip off it. Everybody doesn’t have that in their city. “Taking the tours around East Palo Alto and seeing the urban farmers, the Cooley Landing. It made me have a better appreciation for things I see in my community. I see them every day. The rest of my family is from San Francisco. They don’t have that. They have buildings, cars and public transportation.” Read more.