Q'anil, Bay Area Garden Projects
San Francisco Bay Area, California
We currently garden at sites in Berkeley, Oakland, and Treasure Island. We pair up with organizations that have unused gardens or parking lots and build food security for the community by building infrastructure and growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, and useful crops. The produce is picked up by people who use the local food pantry and given to kitchens that run weekly meal programs.
We share information, resources, and knowledge with our sister-garden Milagro Allegro Community Garden in Los Angeles.
Santiago Food Project
and Environmental Leadership Training
San Antonio neighborhood, Oakland, CA
Built on a former parking lot, we grow fresh, healthy food for those who need it and provide education and workshops that empower people to grow their own food and connect with their neighborhood. At St James Episcopal Church in Oakland.
Environmental Leadership Training
A bilingual Spanish training program that includes workshops, garden work days, field trips, and resources on urban agriculture and appropriate technology practices and techniques. The students learn how to work in the garden as well as about issues of food justice and food security enabling them to do project work in their own communities.
We hosted visitors from Guatemala who shared their knowledge about amaranth. We celebrated the amaranth harvest and learned harvesting methods. Gracias to sponsors Qachuu Aloom, Seed Travels, Garden's Edge, BASIL Seed Library, and the Ecology Center.
Oct 4, 2018
Santiago Food Project Garden Report
This quarter was the end of the summer season so we did a lot of work harvesting crops. We harvested the amaranth and the tree sisters and different crops and made the cultural and spiritual link with the Latino community. We held workshops with the community and conducted the Green Environmental Leadership program, and made celebration for all the community to celebrate the summer equinox end the fall solstice. We prepared the beds for winter and are planting cover crops to get nitrogen into the soil and help the living biology of the soil, that we call the soil peoples. We sprayed compost tea to work with the soil fertility twice a month to help with healthy soil and our water conservation goal. We recently harvested the first time amaranth seeds from Santiago Garden possibly the first time in the area, now we have Santiago garden amaranth seeds to share. We hosted a harvest workshop from our relatives from Guatemala. We’re planning a celebration for the winter Solstice on December 20. We are organizing and planning a training in spring 2019 that is multiple weeks and teaches about urban agriculture and traditional knowledge. The congregation and others are invited to participate.
Marigold and flowers
Created new beds; Estimated and ordered soil; Shovelled soil; arranged for volunteer help
Created green waste stations for compost materials
Planted Summer crops; selected crops from local nurseries; added amendment; planted
Added new irrigation; selected parts from irrigation store; installed and tested irrigation
Wood chips in the garden area
General Maintenance including:
Check drip irrigation
Maintain and clean the garden
Distribute wood chips
Fertilize soil with amendment
Remove and compost old plant material
Preparing beds and soil
Composting yard material on site.
Workdays to clean garden
Outreach and Education
Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox celebrations. Arranging for garden blessing with native drum and music, Aztec dancers. Arranging food, educational materials. Performing outreach to neighborhood, distributing flyers to homes and talking with people about our urban agriculture project.
Green Environmental training – conducted training for 10 bilingual students to learn urban agriculture with the garden site as well as classroom and field trips. Organized training program in June - September; create curriculum; schedule training
Donations and Administration
Meetings with Episcopal Impact staff and St James staff
Updated website to include events, and garden resources
Took photos and distributed
We’ve included a link to photos of the garden and activities this quarter, here:
All our relations!!