Please enjoy A Living Library: Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden, a Presentation by Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director ofLife Frames, Inc. & A Living Library.
On August 14 another great group from Salesforce led by Aditya Devhar, joined forces with Life Frames Inc.'s, Bonnie Ora Sherk, and Recreation and Park Deparment Staff in Holly Park, to plant more California Natives in the Living Library Nature Walk. On this day, their work focused on the Children's Playground in the Park. Ceanothus, Matilja Poppies, and fragrant Salvia were planted under the existing Ceanothus Ray Hartman trees that had been planted earlier as part of the Nature Walk.
The Living Library Nature Walk is linking multiple parks, schools, public housing, and streets in the area through a new narrative landscape, all leading to the currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park. This Nature Walk is a prototype for what could be happening throughout the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco that interconnects eleven neighborhoods in Southeast and Southwest San Francisco
Everyone had a great time on this day, and the area is greatly improved ! See for yourself !
A.L.L. ECO-Stewards Learn Green Skills & Help With Planting & Plant Establishment of Living Library Nature Walk
This summer a group of neighborhood High School youth from nearby Alemany Dwellings were paid interns who met three days a week and learned green skills by helping with the planting and plant establishment of the California natives in the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk in St. Mary's Park. They received a monetary stipend for their work, while also making a contribution to their community. Have a look at these young people at work !
Thriving Redwood Circle in Living Library Nature Walk Lands Beautiful Boulders & Native Understory Plantings
We are so excited that our Redwood Circle in the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk at the south side of St. Mary's Park circling Alemany Farm near the currently hidden Islais Creek, is very healthy and growing !
John Miller from SF Recreation & Park Department (RPD), and I, found, purchased, and planted four gorgeous boulders on July 18, to help define the entrance to the Redwood Circle planted with California Native Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens). Funds from our grant with California Strategic Growth Council were used.
This Living Library Nature Walk is a prototype, narrative, ecological landscape transformation, that could be occurring throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in San Francisco, that interconnects eleven neighborhoods. In Bernal Heights, this Nature Walk is connecting multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces calling attention to the Watershed, the Islais Creek, and diverse native species of plants and wildlife. Two days later, on July 20th, we hosted two volunteer groups to plant the entrance area, and add native riparian understory plants in our Redwood Circle plant community, as well as some large Dogwood trees (Cornus nuttallii) and native shrubs on the nearby hillside. Our plant palette included a few varieties of Dogwood, California Rose, Sword Ferns, Wild Ginger, Redwood Sorrel, Woodland Strawberries, Huckleberry, and other species. It is beautiful !
Young Adults from Jewish Community Federation began the morning planting, and the NYC YMCA Global Teens High School Students representing every NYC Borough, participated in the PM Volunteer Group, along with Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director of A.L.L., Craig Heckman of the Alemany Farm's Native Area Group, Jasmine Woo, our Summer Nature Walk Intern, Brian from RPD, and Yiwen Gong who came from Yale University to participate !
Everyone had a fantastic time, and hundreds of native plants were planted. Our Redwood Landscape is growing and becoming a more lush environment! Have a look !
And, then the PM Group, the NYC High School Students came to the site, and finished all the planting ! A great day and a beautiful transformation ! The Redwood Circle is so beautiful and a wonderful place for respite !!! It is our natural cathedral in the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk in St. Mary's Park !
Thank you all, for your generous help and contribution to growing the Living Library Nature Walk !!!
Bonnie Ora Sherk was interviewed in the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park Lower Garden on August 8, 2014, by Starr Sutherland, who is shooting and editing a new video on A Living Library, for Producer, Patricia Watts, Founder & WestCoast Curator for ecoartspace. This video will be shown on the ecoartspace website as a companion piece for a prior video interview with Bonnie Ora, in which she discusses her earlier art works, linked here.
Stay tuned to see the new video ! See pics below of Starr and colleague Matt, getting ready for the video shoot:
A.L.L. Green Futures Stewards Practice Sustainable Business And Sell Bountiful Produce To Neighbors !
This summer our A.L.L. Green Futures Student Stewards learned about Sustainable Business, the Triple Bottom Line, and how best to present to the public, by preparing their abundant fruit and vegetable produce, making floral bouquets, packaging seeds with colorful labels, and then selling their bounty their Farmstand at the neighborhood BART Station. All proceeds from their efforts will go back into supporting their Afterschool and Summer Program. For their efforts, they earned $126 dollars, learned math, and had fun ! Have a look at their adventure !
Children in the Chinatown Branch Living Library had a real treat with A.L.L. Teachers Briggin and Danielle ! They made delicious ice cream, adding fresh fruits from their gardens, and using rock salt and ice to freeze the flavored cream. The children also learned math through measuring all the ingredients. Have a look at these adorable pics !
FOODshed: Art and Agriculture in Action, curated by Amy Lipton at Smack Mellon Gallery in adorable Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY, from June 7-July 27, features Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library. The exhibit focuses on New York artists who work with food and agriculture. This exhibition features A Living Library, and specifically showcases an installation on the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park. View more information about the exhibit on the Smack Mellon Website and ecoartspace blog. Also read the FOODshed Press Release.
Another exciting exhibition that features Bonnie Ora Sherk's work with A Living Library and her earlier Life Frame, Crossroads Community (the farm), is in Turin, Italy, at Parco Arte Vivente (PAV). The international exhibition, which opened on May 30 through November 2, is Vegetation As A Political Agent, curated by Marco Scotini and Andris Brinkman. The Museum has invited Bonnie Ora Sherk to visit Turin this fall, and explore with the Museum and local community, the opportunity to create a Turin Branch Living Library & Think Park.
Roosevelt Island Branch Living Library & Think Park: Preparation & Planting On Roosevelt Island Day – June 21
Elementary School Students from Roosevelt Island learned science, math, and literacy, and about gardens and plants while preparing the garden beds of the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park for the Annual Living Library Planting on Roosevelt Island Day, this year, held on June 21.
And they wrote about their experiences in their A.L.L. Journals... .and then continued to dig in the earth !
And, then came the planting on Roosevelt Island Day - June 21 by the community led by Bonnie Ora Sherk ! A great time was had by all and another beautiful Living Library Garden was created by the Roosevelt Island community !!!
Stay tuned for updated pictures as the beautiful RI Living Library Garden grows !!!