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Rosa Parks' kindergarten students prepare harvested lettuce
for a school wide garden salad tasting in the cafeteria.


Rosa Parks Garden
and Nutrition Program

A dedicated volunteer green team, led by parent Barb Fujimoto and a team of family members have tirelessly worked since 2006 to bring the dream of having a school garden at Rosa Parks to fruition. 

Last summer they finally broke ground, pulling up the asphalt in the middle of the schoolyard and adding raised beds to see the garden starting to come to life.

Beginning this school year, all students and teachers take part in Rosa Parks combined garden and nutrition education program. It is taught by Nora Brereton, the PTA funded Garden Coordinator at Rosa Parks, and Louise Hjortenfalk, Site Nutrition Coordinator at Rosa Parks. 

In garden class, the students get to choose what seasonal vegetables to plant, learn how to use and care for tools, set up rules to respect the garden and learn science content that links to grade level standards.  When they transition to nutrition class, they taste and prepare easy to duplicate fruit and vegetable snacks, often with produce picked directly from the garden, and learn the science of nutrition and cooking techniques.

What is new. . . .
The green team just planted three apples, a peach, a pear, a plum, a lemon and a fig tree.




• CBS EcoZone Green My School Contest

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Rosa Parks' kindergarten students harvest lettuce.

The CBS EcoZone Green My School contest launched in late 2008 and encouraged students and teachers throughout the San Francisco School District to submit entries letting us know why their school should win a green makeover.

Over 30 schools submitted entries, with Rosa Parks Elementary School as the eventual winner. All of the participating schools received a sustainable educational leave-behind. The total green makeover and curriculum is valued at over $250,000 in products and services.

The Rosa Parks school's entry was a video filmed as a student newscast that featured interviews about the urban garden, composting and other eco-friendly programs devised by kids on campus. In the video, the children also shared their vision for a green school, including wishes for a solar rooftop.



Friends of the Urban Forest Tree planting

Our families and community members raised close to $5,000 for the planting, and approximately 85 trees were planted.  Most of the trees going to the school are native to California, including California buckeyes, coast silk tassels and western redbuds.



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