Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Sunday gardener (times 100)

Once a year, Stanford men from Kappa Sigma, and Stanford women from Kappa Kappa Gamma adopt the Quesada Gardens for a day. This year, stalwart volunteers from University of San Francisco were part of the work and festivities.

A group of guys broke ground on Quesada Gardens' new "Founders Memorial," an elegant sitting space designed by Bayview resident-volunteer Steven Aiello (pictured in hat). James Ross worked with Steven and the others for hours, until the scent of a cookout at the mural site below became too attractive.

A group of the women joined QGI Horticulture Chair Tony Tarket to plant new street trees, and to repair others. Clusters of volunteers contributed more work to the new food production field in the middle of the main garden, while a weeding party formed near the top.

Above the Quesada Garden, more volunteers from both schools, including Professor Seth Wachtel (USF), completed the elaborate retaining wall system for the Bridgeview Garden, a teaching and learning space devoted to food production.

Many residents came out to work along side these amazing volunteers, and then to enjoy "community" with a plate of food in hand. Quesada Gardens organizers thank each and every person who participated in what was an inspiring example of dedication to strengthening this part of Bayview, a model of social transformation.

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