OCTOBER 21: 1-4pm

Community Garden Workday with Pumpkin Carving and special Seedling Sale! (pumpkins, stencils and tools provided)

We may not have the oomph to produce pumpkins with human faces like the farmer in the story above from 1938, but we can certainly get a small jack-o-lantern army together over a sunny afternoon!  This Sunday, we will have our regularly scheduled garden workday with some delightful accouterments.  You can carve a pumpkin in the yard for the upcoming Halloween Haunted Garden on Oct 31.  Filmmaker, Kristi Stephens Adams, will hold a seedling sale for her new film, From the Ground Up, that explores San Francisco’s Victory gardens and others to illuminate the culture of growing our own food in urban areas.  There is also work by the Space TranSFormers to check out- a greenhouse in the making, a rain catchment system, and new community food growing plots all planted away!

The weather looks appealing and there will be mulch, mulch fun to take part in this weekend.  Stop by Kezar Gardens and say Hi!  We are not evicted yet.

The upcoming documentary From the Ground Up provides an inspiring look at gardeners in three cities, juxtaposing these modern urban farmers with the original Victory Gardeners who during WWI and WWII grew food in backyards, on balconies, any wherever they could.  At their peak, these gardeners yielded 40% of the produce consumed in the US. Today a Sacramento teacher and her young sons “take on City Hall” to fight for their front yard vegetable garden; a team of San Francisco artists planting a modern day Civic Center Victory Garden and redefining the use of urban green space; Puerto Rican migrants in Massachusetts work to elevate their quality of life by growing vegetables in once vacant lots. By creating a documentary and other media with opportunities to participate, From the Ground Up seeks to inspire people to grow a small bit of their own food then share it, creating a tangible way to connect to their local food system, strengthening their communities and economies.

We are having a seedling sale to encourage and meet local urban farmers while raising some funds for our post-production costs.