JULY Newsletter

WHAT MAKES AN IDEAL GRACIOUS NEIGHBOR?

Every one of them is special, but the ideal Gracious Neighbor loves to share, possesses an open mind, a commitment to building community.

This month we'd like to shine the spotlight on someone who has truly embodied this spirit of openness. Lu Rehling has been a member of the good neighborhood for 3 growing seasons. She shares the front yard of her historical designated Hillcrest home with the co-op.  Lu's garden serves many purposes beyond producing food for the harvest distribution.

Lu excitedly shares that her edible eden constantly opens her eyes to new and exciting types of food. She is eager to try new recipes and expand her palette. In fact, twice a week Lu's granddaughter Pearl visits, and the two have created a snack time tradition of picking something from the garden to enjoy together.  
This sweet activity has helped Pearl to develop a consistent habit of healthy eating and bonding with her gracious grandma.  Now that's the best of what we hope for.

Because Lu's vegetable boxes are in her front yard, they invite passers-by to engage with the plants and ask questions like "how do your cucumbers grow to be that big?" or "Wow! Blueberries!  May I try some?" or "What do you do to make your chard look so incredible?"  and these conversations often lead to the beginning of new friendships.  Good Neighbor Gardens serves to foster community connections and we rejoice in knowing that our Gracious Neighbors are helping to make that happen across San Diego.

Thank you Lu for your participation and generosity.  We are beyond grateful for your spirit of sharing and willingness to give in so many ways!

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EXTRA EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Our friends at San Diego Magazine invited us to be a featured guest on their Happiest Half Hour podcast.  We shared all about what Good Neighbor Gardens is doing in San Diego and definitely had a fun time while doing so!  It is an incredible feeling to be recognized for our work by one of the city's finest foodie publications.  Thank you SD Mag team for having us on the air!

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OUR NEWEST SCHOOL PARTNER

Good neighbor Gardens is proud to announce our new partnership with the Stephen W. Hawking Charter School for the 2017-2018 school year.  We have just completed our summer bridge program with a group of 30 students and are preparing to launch the full academic year program this August.  Hawking STEAM Charter Schoolโ€™s vision is to ensure that kindergarten through grade 12 students are engaged in discovery, exploration, and problem-solving through rigorous project-based learning activities, aligned to the Common Core State Standards (โ€œCCSSโ€) and the Next Generation Science Standards. We are excited to bring our garden education program to a school that is leading the way with ground breaking curriculum.

Hawking Charter faculty understand that we should be uncovering passion and inquisition in these children and celebrating the creativity that is inside of them.  We feel its a perfect match!

WE FOUND THIS VIDEO ON CHANGING EDUCATION PARADIGMS.  TAKE A LOOK!

SOCIAL CONTEST WINNER!!

The winner of our Show Us Your Grubby Hands social contest is  SARAH TRUEBLOOD! CONGRATULATIONS Sarah!  You've won a free restorative yoga session with our Gracious Neighbor JoAnn, founder of OG Yoga!  private class and can invite up to 4 friends to join in on your private class.  Enjoy & Namaste.  Please emailgoodneighborgardens@gmail.com to redeem your prize!

We encourage you to continue to tag @goodneighborgardens in your social posts and use the hashtags below to share your photos with the good neighborhood.  We love seeing how you get involved.

#goodneighborgardens
#1bigfarm
#urbansharecrop
#whatsgrowingon

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Kieara Gunn