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Food Pharmacy Update + Carey School Compost Bins + Free Composting Class

Happy Friday, San Mateo Gardeners!

Here's a quick GROW San Mateo update:

1. "We Grow for the Pharmacy"....Success!

Since we started on October 11th, we've made 8 deliveries to the Food Pharmacy from the generous donations of 6 gardens across the community.  A huge thanks to all those who have donated.  As you can see from the photo below, the Food Pharmacy clients are loving the fresh produce!

Top: early morning Wednesday; Bottom: end of day
As you are planting your winter garden, please consider growing some of these for the Food Pharmacy:
  • garlic
  • leeks
  • beets
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • stevia
  • lemon
  • pak choy
2) A new compost bin for The Carey School

The Carey School is a private elementary school here in San Mateo and has an amazing garden plot & outdoor education program.  We're going to put a 3 bin compost system into the back corner of the garden which will not only regenerate organic material for the school's raised beds - but will also be a great learning area for the little ones.

This is the back corner of the garden at The Carey School that will be turned into a composting area.
Here's the schedule for the build:
  • Initial Build: Saturday, Nov. 2nd
  • On-site Install: Saturday, Nov. 9th
Please let me know if you're interested in participating (

3. Free Composting Class at Los Prados Community Garden

If you have time tomorrow, stop by the Los Prados Community Garden for a free home composting class taught by the County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability. 

On the right is the compost bin built by GROW San Mateo volunteers.
4. San Mateo Arboretum Society Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden

In case you missed the post yesterday, click the link below for our update on the work the Arboretum Society is doing to revamp the garden in Central Park:

Cheers & GROW San Mateo!


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