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!

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


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, [] 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, []

"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. 


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



Friday, August 9, 2013

Volunteers + Passion Inspire Innovation

Graze the Roof inspires people. I've seen it happen dozens of times and it is always refreshing and always exciting. For some it is the sheer miracle of traveling up seven flights of stairs and arriving in an oasis of food, color, beauty, the buzzing of honeybees and community. For some it is the magic of possibility. Graze the roof captures the essence of what is possible when people come together to support a vision of urban transformation. For others it is the opportunity to engage in a project that gets their hands dirty, and connects them to an innate aspect of our humanity that can get lost when living in an urban environment. Growing food, and growing community is what we are all about. The volunteers that show up each and every week, help us nurture this mission of food and community!

After coming for a few weeks, a volunteer named Judy saw a need for a sink on the roof. She recognized the importance of our community potluck lunch that occurs every Thursday during the volunteer workday. She noticed that following the potluck, we had a very haphazard way of "doing dishes." She came to the conclusion that it could be done much more efficiently and went to work researching some different options. Yesterday, she came to the garden with the necessary supplies and after some collaborative brainstorming, we constructed a sink! We placed our sink near the compost so that we could use the gray water from washing dishes on the compost pile!

Thanks Judy and all of the other volunteers who help make it happen week after week. 


Weekly Workdays in the Garden
Thursdays 10a-2p
questions? contact

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Curious Minds Venture Into the Garden

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of welcoming a bright, curious group of young people to Graze the Roof. Here is what one young girl had to say about her experience in the garden : 

"On Monday, August 5, 2013 my friends and I went to San Francisco to tour a rooftop garden. I learned more about growing food in the city. 

Graze The Roof is an urban permaculture design experiment. We saw tomatoes, borage, grapes, worm boxes, and more.

My favorite part was how they upcycled materials from local businesses.
They upcycled tin cans, burlap bags, milk crates, and pallets. They are used as containers  to plant fruit, veggies, and herbs.
 Where does the food go??                      

Ten to fifteen pounds of salad goes to the Glide kitchen every week!
The Glide Church prepares 3,000 meals a day, 365 days a year for people in the community.

I am looking forward to visiting Graze The Roof again someday to help work in the gardens."

Montana Hamel
grade 4


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Happenings in the Garden!

Greetings Graze the Roof Friends and Family!

This summer season, Chad Calvert will be managing our summer volunteer workdays in the garden from 10-2 on Thursdays. 

If you have questions for Chad about garden workdays, getting involved, etc...please email him directly at 

THIS Thursday, June 27th, the garden will be closed, but will be open the following four Thursdays in July and all of August!

July 4th, 11th, 18th, and the 25th

Bring a lunch, water bottle and friend! Come with an open mind and come ready to dig your hands in the dirt. 


We are excited to announce an exciting community workshop opportunity in early August...

Join us at Graze the Roof to welcome Margaretha Haughwout, as she guides us through a workshop on health,  healing, herbs, and urban renewal. Margaretha was instrumental in the Hayes Valley Farm project and now manages Bloom Justice,

Margaretha Haughwout is an urban herbalist and urban gardener. Believing that true healing happens on personal, environmental and community levels, her work includes forays into permaculture, cultural theory and plant communication in addition to her formal herbal training. She completed the full time Roots program at the California School of Herbal Studies in 2012 and has studied formally with Deb Soule, Gail Julian, Trinity Ava and Autumn Summers. She is currently in an advanced apprenticeship in herbal energetics with Matthew Wood.

BLOOM JUSTICE is a flower farm at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. Bloom Justice collaborates with Mo’ Magic & the Magic Zone to provide teen programming. Bloom Justice will eventually provide flowers designed by local youth for neighborhood shops and restaurants. Teens earn money, learn garden skills, floral design, and marketing skills; the neighborhood gets flowers. Please join our mailing list to find out about events and ways to get involved!

Learn more about Margaretha and her life, and work here:

Space is LIMITED so please RSVP asap to secure a spot.

Where: Graze the Roof, rooftop of 330 Ellis St. 
When: Sunday August, 11th 2013
Time: 1p-3p
Questions or to RSVP:

Stay tuned for more exciting workshops in September, October, and November on topics including :::

Urban Beekeeping in Autumn = Honey Extraction
Rainwater Catchment with our Friends from the Urban Farmer Store


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Workshops!

Hello Friends!

Join us at Graze the Roof this spring for 3 inspiring workshops designed to empower, and inspire!

All workshops are FREE to the public - invite your friends, colleagues, neighbors and family members!

All workshops run from 1p-3p and take place at Graze the Roof; the rooftop of 330 Ellis St (atop the GLIDE Foundation building)

March 31st - Designing your Spring Garden 
...want to get a garden started this spring?!? Join us for this comprehensive and hands-on workshop outlining best practices and holistic approach to container gardening.  

April 7th - Designing Sustainable Habitats AND Visionary Place Making with Lisa Lee Benjamin of Urban Hedgerow 

Catalyst, Master Instigator
With love and beauty leading her, Lisa Lee Benjamin is a catalyst for the planet. She is profoundly dedicated to altering the way we live and transforming passion into action. As Principal of Evo Catalyst, an environmental design and consulting firm based in San Francisco, Lisa works internationally in collaboration, to open the possibilities and challenge our ideas of sustainability and community to create systems that work.

May - Tour Green Roofs of San Francisco
...Take a walking tour of some of our cities most verdant rooftops!

Please RSVP to

We hope to see you this spring!!!!

To sowing seedsgrowing delicious food and nurturing our community!
The Graze the Roof Team

We are inspired by this fellow urban gardener:

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Urban Fruit Tree Stewardship

To Urban Agriculture Enthusiasts and Fruit Tree Lovers!...

We are excited to announce our next community workshop ...

...learn how to prune, feed and care for your urban fruit trees; these techniques and strategies for fruit tree stewardship will help you cultivate beautiful and productive trees! 

Facilitated by Nikolaus Dyer of Purple Carrot

When: Sunday, February 10th
Time: 1p-3p
Where: Graze the Roof (the rooftop of 330 Ellis St.)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Introduction to Permaculture with Kevin Bayuk

Happy New Year!

Graze the Roof is honored to host a 2-hr Introduction to Permaculture workshop with inspiring local teacher, Kevin Bayuk.

Kevin works at the intersection of ecology and economy where permaculture design meets cooperative organizations intent on meeting human needs while enhancing the conditions conducive to all life.  He is a partner with LIFT ( where he provides strategy and guidance for emergent next economy companies helping them access growth capital and sustainable growth plans.  He also frequently teaches classes, workshops, does public speaking, facilitates meetings, plans events and provides one on one mentoring as a founding partner of the Urban Permaculture Institute San Francisco ( He is as fluent with information technology as with perennial polyculture agroforestry. Writing, speaking, researching and mentoring are his strongest skills.  He's help raise millions of dollars of venture capital for companies he's co-founded and he raises ducks in his small urban garden in San Francisco.

This community workshop will be an infusion of theory and practice. It will be a great opportunity for individuals new to Permaculture and for those who want to rekindle their passion for Permaculture. 

"Many people think permaculture is gardening. Yet that's a lot like saying math is only about building bridges. Permaculture is about creating an INCREDIBLE LIFE for YOU through nature connection and smart intentional design. It's about abundance. It's about LEADERSHIP." - Regenerative Leadership Institute

We hope you'll join us on January 20th 2013 from 1p-3p. Share this opportunity with your friends, family, students, and neighbors. 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Workshops! Full of Discovery, Wonder and Inspiration

January 20th 2013
Introduction to Permaculture with Kevin Bayuk of the Urban Permaculture Institute

February 10th 2013
Urban Fruit Tree Pruning with Nikolaus Dyer of Purple Carrot

March 31st 2013
Designing your spring garden with Nikolaus Dyer of Purple Carrot

April 2013
Visionary activation with Urban Hedgerow

Stay Tuned for MORE...

Non-Violent Communication for Building Community
Vermicomposting in the Urban Environment with Booka Alon

***On the Sundays when Graze the Roof hosts Community Workshops, we also run two educational tours, join us for a FREE tour at 10:30am and 12:30pm***

Questions? and/or RSVP to