Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Day at Graze the Roof

What started as a grey San Francisco morning turned out to be a great day of abundance on the roof.  With a huge and much appreciated donation from Deloitte, the garden is now equipped with bags of soil, plant food, new tools, and an umbrella to provide that coveted spot of shade!  And with the invaluable help from our weekly volunteers at Graze the Roof, we collected a bag of harvest to provide for the Glide kitchen downstairs.

Deep in the basement of the Glide Foundation building, the kitchen was bustling with other hard-working volunteers in aprons, cutting melon up in one room and unloading flour in another.  Our bag of seasonal goods weighed in at 8.5 pounds full of freshly uprooted onions, baby leeks, radishes, and beets, and bunches of oregano and thyme and was handed over to the cook in the lively kitchen.

The cook took one look at the unloaded rainbow of just-picked veggies, thanked us and over the loud radio playing music said, “I love when you guys come down here.  Really, I look forward to this bag.”

Thursday’s volunteer day was a sheer example of the connectivity and power of the people at Glide.  From the garden’s soil to the kitchen that feeds our community, the experience is truly enriching.

Come join the love every Thursday on the roof!  Volunteers are welcome to help play a part in the garden from 10am-2pm.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Native Plants Thrive at Graze the Roof

The Bay Area has been in the midst of a heat wave for the past few days!  These conditions have enabled many California native plants to flourish. The health of native plants supports the health of native wildlife, including important pollinators like bees, humming birds and butterflies.
California has especially beautiful native flowers; our state flower is the Golden Poppy. The Golden Poppy, known by locals as the California Poppy, became the state flower in 1903. Graze the Roof is a unique example of rooftop agriculture, and when all the right elements like adequate sun, water, and fertile soil are in place, it enables the California Poppy to emerge throughout the garden.

Native plants are good company in any garden, not only for the beauty but also to maintain the integrity of our living ecosystem, which helps to support our interconnected environment where everything has a place and a purpose.

Join us at Graze the Roof on Thursdays from 10a-2p. Visit the garden to observe our native plants growing alongside seasonal food-producing plants and get your hands dirty helping with the development of San Francisco’s premiere rooftop agriculture project.