Monday, April 14, 2014

Making Medicine in the Garden



On Sunday, April 13th, Graze the Roof hosted an exciting community workshop exploring the topic of Herbal Medicine Making...

Participants gathered together in the garden to learn about the many medicinal properties of a few powerful flowers, including calendula and chamomile. These two plants are from the, asteraceae family, otherwise known as the sunflower family. In addition we also studied lavender, which is from the lamiaceae family, the mint family. We learned that chamomile is very soothing for children, and lavender is known for relieving stress, anxiety and fatigue.  


The workshop featured a demonstration and teach-in on how to make your own Calendula infused salve, a medicinal ointment. Calendula flowers are known to be very soothing to the skin. They also have been used for centuries to heal wounds and an array of skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties. This makes Calendula useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed  skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings and diaper rashes. All these extraordinary qualities makes Calendula flowers ideal for a medicinal slave.

The salve was made from Calendula infused, organic olive oil. We extracted the infused oil using a tea towel. The next step is to melt beeswax into the oil; once the beeswax is entirely dissolved into the oil, you have created, calendula salve! We all went home with a small container of salve!


You can learn more about Margaretha, our inspiring herbalist instructor at her website : 

Thank you Margaretha for the inspiration and knowledge!

Stay tuned for our next FREE Community Workshops coming up in May and June!...







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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Season of Aromatics ::: ONIONS AND GREEN GARLIC!


After many months of patiently waiting for our onions and garlic to mature, today we got the chance to harvest five pounds of red and white onions, and green garlic, as well as other ripe spring vegetables, including : green and red celery. 

After we harvested the onions and green garlic, we applied traditional farming techniques to clean our harvest. With this technique, all you have to do is take the outermost skin from the onion or garlic, and peel it back untill the skin meets the roots. At this point, you want to snip off the roots along with the peeled back skin, using a pair of garden shears or scissors. This cleaning method is highly beneficial considering the absence of water, especially in times of severe drought. 

It is always such an honor to bring our weekly harvest down to Glide Memorial Church's Soup Kitchen! The GLIDE chefs appreciated the seasonal harvest of aromatics.


Graze the Roof was discovered by a french couple traveling around the US and Canada who came and volunteered in the garden. During their stay, this is what they had to say,  “We were glad to help and learn about rooftop agriculture with Nik, Graze the Roof is one of our '5 free and cool things to do in SF' on our blog."


Check it out.

Come be a part of the gratifying and fun educational experience! Our volunteer days, are every Thursday from 10a-2p. No experience required!


Email grazetheroof@gmail.com with any questions you might have about our project!

Hope to see you in the garden sometime soon!

Spring is the season of aromatics...





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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Graze the Roof on The Today Show!!





This Thursday Graze the Roof was featured on the TODAY SHOW !!


Don’t miss it! The program will be featured on Easter Sunday, April 20th 2014. 

The Today Show is a daily morning action television talk show that airs on NBC. The episode will feature Nik Dyer and The Today Show cast harvesting a variety of vegetables such as spring onions and mixed greens which we bring down to Glide Memorial Church’s soup kitchen! Our harvest helps to feed the locals living in the Tenderloin, providing many individuals with a hot meal made with love, featuring some of Graze the Roofs very own goodies!


Join us Every Thursday from 10a-2p with Nik and our passionate team of volunteers and interns as they help to steward the dynamic living landscape of our rooftop garden, bring something to share for our potluck lunch!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Learning to Craft Custom Raised Beds out of Upcycled Wood!


This month, we invited our friend, Anders, a master carpenter to join us for our FREE Community Workshop to teach an introduction to carpentry for urban gardens. We worked together to design and build our own customized raised bed. This bed was made from a pile of wood which had been accumulating on the roof for the past several years. We were able to turn "trash," into "treasure!"


Everyone was able to acquire hands-on experience with power tools to construct the bed from start to finish! We learned basic carpentry skills, and got acquainted with various essential tools and their respective application in the construction process.

Thank you Anders!












The finished product!


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Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year



We are so excited to welcome 2014!

To kick things off, we will be offering TWO educational tours THIS Sunday, January 12th, 2014 at 10:30a and 12:30p following GLIDE's Celebration Services in the Sanctuary.

THEN…

Join us for the first FREE Community Workshop of the year on Urban Fruit Tree Stewardship and Winter Gardening tips from 1p-3p.

To Register for our workshop, please email : grazetheroof@gmail.com

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Every Thursday from 10a-2p join Nik and our passionate team of volunteers and interns as they help to steward the dynamic living landscape of our rooftop garden. 

We encourage collaboration and would LOVE to hear your ideas on how we can make Graze the Roof more innovative, regenerative and productive. Visit us and tell us how!

We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

In the spirit of making the city a greener place,
Lindsey and Nik Dyer

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Honey Harvest




I love September. 

Sungold tomatoes, late summer basil, summer squash, cucumbers, lettuces and kales, green beans, and carrots. It seems like gardens everywhere are overflowing with delicious goodness. Up at Graze the Roof, we have lots to harvest at this time of year, including honey!!!

We need many helping hands on Sunday, September 22nd 2013 from 1p-3p to harvest honey from our two thriving bee hives.

This community workshop is FREE to the public and the more the merrier, so please invite your friends, family members, colleagues, students and teachers. 

Paul Koski our wonderful resident Bee Keeper will be guiding us through the process and each workshop participant will get a hands-on opportunity to harvest honey. Each jar of honey that we process will be sold and the proceeds directly benefit the development of Graze the Roof. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP today!!! This is our most popular annual workshop and we'd love for you to be there!

HONEY HARVEST
When : Sunday September 22nd 2013
Time : 1p-3p
Where : Graze the Roof, rooftop of GLIDE, 330 Ellis St. 


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LOCAL FOLK MEDICINE : Garden Herbs, Heath and Wholeness






On Sunday it was my great honor and pleasure to welcome a dear friend and mentor to Graze the Roof to teach about Local Folk Medicine: using garden herbs for health and healing. 

Margaretha Haughwout, [http://beforebefore.net] guided us through an inquiry-based approach to learning about common garden weeds. These "common" garden plants, including California Poppy, Yarrow, Mullein, Calendula, Borage and Chamomile have diverse properties that can support both our physical and energetic wellness. 

In the words of Bonnie, a workshop participant from Guerrero St. Gardens, [http://guerrerostreetgarden.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/foggy-august-faith/]

"Through inquiry based learning, folks gleaned a calming groundedness from California Poppy, a comforting protection from Mullein and a sense of blissful courage from Borage — all traditional and scientifically proven uses for such plants.  We spoke of the doctrine of signatures –  the incredible phenomenon that plants display their healing characteristics in their physical presentation.  As a fellow urban dweller it was humbling to witness others rebuilding a relationship with the natural world."

Each participant left the workshop with a renewed faith in the power of plants to help heal and support wellness, as well as an empowered perspective on nurturing wholeness. 

For me, that afternoon, illuminated incredible parallels between our work in the garden and the greater mission of GLIDE...

... Faith, Stewardship, Community, Compassion, Possibility ...

Thank you to Margaretha and all of the workshop participants for an inspiring afternoon. 

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*Our next community workshop is scheduled for September 22nd 2013 from 1-3pm : 

IT'S TiME TO HARVEST HONEY


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