Category Archives: For the Classroom

Get Involved by Volunteering!

As Slow Food San Francisco looks forward, we have lots of ways for people to volunteer and get more involved in community and food. These are the first of many opportunities with Slow Food San Francisco! We are grateful for your support, and could not do this work without your support. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

  • Childhood Obesity Bay Area Conference: The Childhood Obesity Bay Area (COBA) conference is an annual event hosted by Slow Food San Francisco to bring awareness, education, and solutions to a national epidemic. Now in our sixth year, we are looking for volunteers this fall to play large leadership roles in planning and executing the event on Saturday, November 4th at UCSF. If interested please reach out to Sally Rogers: sally@slowfoodsanfrancisco.com
  • Community and Partnerships Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: The Community and Partnerships Committee is looking for members to be involved in creating connections within the community and developing educational workshops that facilitate growth and expansion of the values behind Slow Food. This could be any part of the following process: creating a relationship with a local business to use their space and developing, scheduling and executing a workshop featuring a local talent. Please contact anais@slowfoodsanfrancisco.com.
  • School Gardens Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: SFSF has implemented gardens in several schools in San Francisco as well as hosted a tour of a garden at a prior COBA conference. We will be organizing an event on Earth Day 2017 (April) in conjunction with a few other organizations in SF that will be interactive for families. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with this event and who are eager to push Slow Food principles to the youth for future projects in this Committee. Tasks may include: helping maintain organization; picking up donations, set up and clean up, being a “game leader” when we break off into groups, keeping track of raffle ticket sales, some marketing and helping the workshop leaders with their tasks. Contact jessica@slowfoodsanfrancisco.com if you are interested.
  • Communications Committee of Slow Food San Francisco: Want to use your voice to connect people to Slow Food San Francisco? Our Communications Committee is looking for key volunteers to help with the monthly newsletter, redesigning our website and social media outreach. If you’re interested, get in touch with amber@slowfoodsanfrancisco.com.

Past Events:

  • Slow Wine 2017 Tour: Next Tuesday, January 24th, Slow Wine will be in downtown San Francisco! We would love for you to volunteer at the event from 12-5, helping with logistics (registration, coat check, etc.). You would have significant breaks during that timeframe, however, so you would have access to explore the event and all the fabulous Italian wine! Contact sally@slowfoodsanfrancisco.com if you are able to help.

I Just Want to Learn Everything!

Kids painting personal pots in Sanchez garden

Kids painting personal pots in Sanchez garden

Last week, a gaggle of young students gathered at Sanchez Elementary School for “Cooking and Gardening Camp: All Plant Parts.” Hosted by the school and 18 Reasons, this four-day summer camp focused on the science and art of growing and cooking edible plants. The kids, ranging in age from 9 – 12, came from public schools all over the city – joining together to get their hands dirty both in the garden and the kitchen.

Rosie Branson Gill, program director at 18 Reasons, and Athena Barouxis, Sanchez School Garden Coordinator, led the camp activities which ranged from dissecting flowers to trying out new knife skills. The camp took place in the middle of Sanchez Elementary’s magical garden – complete with raised beds of countless edible plants, multiple compost bins and a vertical, hydroponic wall teeming with kale and chard growing over a sunken pool of Koi.

Sanchez principal Isola's support prominently displayed in the garden

Sanchez principal Isola's support prominently displayed in the garden

Rosie explained the importance of this camp: “All Plant Parts camp is part of an on-going relationship between 18 Reasons and The Sanchez School. Together we are teaching kids how to enjoy growing, cooking and eating fresh and delicious food. We feel that, if kids are engaged at a young age, they’re more likely to embrace good, clean food and hopefully maintain a healthier lifestyle.”

The kids seemed thrilled with the prospect. On the first day they learned about seeds and roots and “FBI” (fungus, bacteria and invertebrates) in the morning and then tried out their new “claw” and “bridge” moves with their knives as they chopped carrots and sliced radishes for their seed & root sandwiches. They even took turns shaking a glass jar full of heavy cream to make their own butter! Throughout the week they made every single thing they ate. Though a few kids appeared a bit reluctant to try some of the more exotic plants and foods, Rosie encouraged all the kids to try everything twice and taught them, “Don’t yuck my yum!”

Rosie encourages kids to play with their food

Rosie encourages kids to play with their food

Slow Food San Francisco has had a relationship with Sanchez school for years and has funded many components of their garden with money raised at other events like Golden Glass, Food from the Heart, etc. Recent donations have funded many aspects of the school’s garden including:

– Upgrading the original Sanchez School garden to include drip irrigation, wooden planter boxes, redwood pathway markers, benches, and the relocation of lemon trees.

– Restoring and repairing the rainy day assembly area art and murals

– Maintaining and upgrading the Native Plants and Sculpture Garden

Slow Food San Francisco was thrilled to participate in the All Plant Parts summer camp by providing scholarships for two students to attend from Sanchez school. And to see these kids gleefully playing in the garden and soaking up the cooking and planting lessons – it was well worth the investment. At one point they tried to outdo each other – describing the gardens at their own schools and trying to see who had the most fruit trees*. And then, when asked what she hoped to learn during the week, little Mady, age 8, exclaimed, “I just want to learn everything!”

Kate, age 9, focuses on her knife skills

Kate, age 9, focuses on her knife skills

* These kids are lucky enough to have gardens at their schools due in large part to the efforts of the San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance.