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Salesforce Volunteers Work With Students At The OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park !

1-IMG_3076A large group of Salesforce Volunteers led by Brian Lewis spent several hours in early Spring, working with students at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Much was accomplished to care for, and enhance, the Living Library Gardens !

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The adults worked with the students to weed the Gardens, turn the compost, and also create multi-lingual signage for the diverse plants in the Upper & Lower Gardens !

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Everyone had a great experience and the environment was beautified !!!



A.L.L. Green Futures Students Create Art from Nature

A.L.L. Student Stewards learn about the art of Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural materials to create temporal works of art.  Students then move throughout the OMI/Excelsior Living Library Gardens and find materials to make their works of art.  See and enjoy their beautiful results !

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The middle school students enjoyed this experience and created beautiful works of art, some found in unlikely places !



A.L.L. Students Cook Foods of the Americas: Tortillas, Pupusas, Guacamole and More !

A.L.L. Students learn about nutrition and health for the soil, the plants, and people.  They also love and learn to cook delicious and nutritious food and learn new recipies ! Below is a beautiful cover made by a student for her A.L.L. Cookbook, and further below, are pictures of diverse multi-cultural lessons based on food, agriculture, and human culture.  Please enjoy as much as the participating middle-school and elementary schoolaged students did at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park over the past few months ! IMG_2887 Making Tortillas:

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Harvesting Fresh Vegetbles and edible flowers from the A.L.L. Gardens to fill the tortillas !

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Making Pupusas:

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Filling Pupusas with healthy ingredients from the nearby Gardens !


A 7th Grade Social Studies Class from James Denman Middle School is learning about the Americas.  In their A.L.L. Class in the OMI/Excelsior Lower Garden, they learn about the contributions towards modern agriculture and foods that the native Aztec and Mayan Cultures made to modern life.  Then the students made Guacamole, Salsa, and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Hmm; very delicious !!!  Everyone helped and enjoyed !!!

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Hands-on learning is fun and delicious !!!!  Talk, Think, & Do !  That is our motto in A Living Library !!!!


A.L.L. Green Futures Interns Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Horse

IMG_2950IMG_3049On a rainy day in January, A.L.L. Green Futures Student Stewards celebrated the Chinese New Year 2014, Year of the Horse by creating an Art Horse Parade to bring to the younger students at San Miguel Child Development Center.  Everyone had a great time !!!

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A.L.L. Green Futures Student Stewards Present Research About Raising Chickens


Student Stewards in the A.L.L. Green Futures After-School Program at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park earned money by selling their fresh produce and herbs, and bouquets of beautiful flowers that they helped to grow to neighbors at the local BART station. 

They researched different species of animals and decided that they would like to use these funds to bring chickens to their A.L.L. Garden environment.  To convince the Director of the Program and the School Principal, they made a presentation about the opportunities and constraints of such an undertaking.  These are a few pictures of their presentation.  Enjoy !


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