Summer in the City… and on GLIDE’s rooftop!

by Lindsey Goldberg, Graze the Roof Project Manager and Educator

The dynamics of summer season is slowly setting in; bursts of heat, and clear skies, heavy clouds, to gentle fog and light rain. In San Francisco, you never know what the summer will bring. On the rooftop of GLIDE, the dynamics of weather brings energy, nourishment and inspires vitality to the garden. In our milk crate garden beds and five gallon buckets, we are cultivating delicious, seasonal food plants, an abundance of habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, birds, worms, and millions of microorganisms, as well as beauty; a place to be, to discover refugee and a place to learn, and to grow, to tend and to harvest.

Every week dedicated volunteers from all walks of life meet on the roof and passionately dig into the myriad of stewardship tasks required to keep our garden growing. From weeding to watering, from seed to harvest; we discover our strengths and cultivate new skills.

The garden is a mosaic of opportunity and a tapestry of delight, diligence and deliciousness.
This summer season we are growing dozens tomato plants, five heirloom varieties of basil, flats of mixed heirloom lettuces, carrots, strawberries, wildflowers, a wall of culinary herbs, cardoon, and brassicas galore (because we can eat kale all year long in San Francisco)!

The bee hive is buzzing, the queen is laying eggs and the workers and drones are doing their part to keep the system in balance, storing nectar, pollen and honey!

This summer we are also growing more youth education programs. Every week youth from the Family Youth and Childcare Center will get to visit and learn in the garden. We are expanding our curricular offerings in partnership with the FYCC’s teen program and will be teaching, “The Taste of Place,” a two-hour garden, cooking and nutrition series. Due to the expansion of the youth education offerings, we are changing the weekly volunteer hours to Thursdays 12 – 2pm every week, all summer long!

Join us on the first Sunday of every month for an educational tour of the garden, taste, smell, touch and experience the seasonal sweetness and appreciate the rich cultural history of this amazing urban garden in the heart of the Tenderloin. Tours meet in Freedom Hall at 10:30 and 12:30 following Sunday Celebrations.

We are also offering some GREAT workshops this summer; partnering with urban agriculture experts from all over the city to bring the GLIDE community an opportunity to enrich their connection to the garden, learn new skills, and harvest new perspectives on urban gardening:

JUNE 25th Integrated Pest Management: 9a-11a
JULY 23rd Art and Meditation in the Garden: 10a-12p

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Join GLIDE at the SF @marchforourlives this Saturday to support young people in demanding #GunControlNow! We'll meet at GLIDE at noon and walk to Civic Center together. Where your GLIDE gear if you have it, and click the link in our profile to read more about why gun control is a priority advocacy issue at GLIDE.
#marchforourlives #parkland #enough #IWillMarch @momsdemand @bradybuzz @sfmagazine @sfchronicle @theonj3 @angelabrown17 @sf_interfaith Today, GLIDE Harm Reduction partnered with @sfaidsfound, SFDPH and SF Homeless Outreach Team to conduct a health care pop-up at a homeless encampment. It was a great community effort and the Harm Redux crew reports that the residents of the camp really appreciated that we were there for them. GLIDE provided HIV/Hep C Testing and counseling. In spite of the rain, 21 people used our testing services, and many more just came to us to talk about their drug use and receive harm reduction counseling.
We're grateful to this crew! Left to right: Paul Harkin, Amber Taylor, Bill Buehlman and Jason Norelli. #rainorshine #harmreduction #healthcareisahumanright #gettested #healthcareforall GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
@glidefycc @bayresistance @momsdemand @cityhallsf @100daysaction #keepchildrensafe #safeschools #banassaultweapons #forthekids #ENOUGH #rainorshine

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