Jacob Watta's normally pensive-looking face and clear brown eyes light up as he bends over to pull a fragrant leaf off of a plant festooned with flesh-colored flowers.
Watta found Quesada Gardens shortly after moving to Bayview from his home state of Pennsylvania. When walking to the library, he saw the median strip garden on the 1700 block of Quesada Avenue, and was so curious and excited about the discovery that he tracked down the resident leaders.
Watta began volunteering right away, and must have liked the experience. Now he is the group's official Volunteer Coordinator.
"I feel much happier and more attuned when I am working with plants," Watta explains when asked why he is so passionate about gardening. "It's very grounding."
If you are interested in helping with the gardens, gathering space and art projects that are part of the Quesada Gardens Initiative's network, Watta invites you to join in the Every Saturday Volunteer Day series that he coordinates.
Meet other volunteers and project leaders at 1747 Quesada Avenue at 10 am. Contact Jacob Watta at 415.314.2850 or by email for all the details.