Apr 16, 2015

April workday report

Volunteers helped out at Saturday's community workday by planting dozens of new plants: ceanothus, mugwort, bee plant, yarrow, sticky monkey-flower, and white sage, to name a few. Some went into the area next to the playground, and others into the rain garden, helping to finally build up the plantings around the edges of the garden, something we've been hoping for a long time. The plants were provided by SF Rec and Park Department.

As we gathered in the morning, everyone's attention was on the worsening drought in California. San Francisco must cut water consumption by another 10 percent. Guillermo, the gardener from Rec and Park, told us that he will cut back further on watering in the Panhandle, and that fortunately, some new sprinkler heads have been installed that will help him to do that. Many other localities around the state must cut back by more than ten percent. Much attention has been placed on changes to gardens and landscaping, and losing your lawn is catching on.

Apr 8, 2015

Panhandle Workday this Saturday, April 11 - with Irises

There's a Panhandle workday coming up this weekend:

Panhandle community workday
Saturday, April 11
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the bulletin board (near Oak at Ashbury)
Gloves & tools provided

Come and enjoy the Panhandle with us. There are some Douglas Iris in the rain garden that you've got to see! 
Thanks Michael Helquist for the photo

Mar 14, 2015

March workday pictures from the Panhandle park

Kicking up some dust beneath the big trees
 At our March workday, volunteers made a big effort in the first half to remove eucalyptus leaves and gumnuts, and bring in a thick layer of compost fines, for an area near Fell @ Masonic.  With the healthy soil imported from the compost yard of Golden Gate Park, the grass will have a chance to resprout. Just nearby, right at the pathway, the work by the city is almost completed.

The curbcut at Masonic is complete and some work still remains to be completed by the corner
The group of volunteers was reinforced this month by families from the San Francisco Day School and had the support of Joel, the area gardening supervisor for the eastern end of Golden Gate Park. We also worked on our planted beds around the playground, spreading a thick layer of woodchips. There was also a lot of raking around some of the big eucalypus near Ashbury, and some brand new plants for the rain garden (ceanothus, mugwort, & bee plant). Guillermo wrapped up our morning with some recognition of the younger volunteers to express his appreciation for the support from the community.

At work with the heavy rakes 

 Closing circle

Mar 5, 2015

Panhandle Workday coming up Saturday, March 14

Here's something to look forward to: getting together with friends and neighbors in the light of morning, in our deeply historic neighborhood park. A sustained, three-hour physical fitness session with a balance of stretching, strength, and balancing challenges. Experiencing, the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural world in springtime. It's happening Saturday, March 14, and best of all, it's free and open to everyone!

Panhandle Community Workday
Saturday, March 14
9 am - 12 noon
Meet at the bulletin board (near Oak @ Fell) 

Our specific workplan is still to be determined, but community members typically contribute to a number of activities like raking leaves, removing weeds, spreading soil and woodchips, scraping mud from the pathways, trimming shrubs, and planting new plants.

2nd Saturday Work Days in Panhandle Park from Panhandle Productions on Vimeo.