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Radio Interview With Bonnie Ora Sherk Features A Living Library & Islais Creek Watershed !

ViewIntoRedwoodCircleBouldersBonnie Ora Sherk was interviewed on KPOO FM, 98.5 on Connecting the Dots by Judy Drummond on August 28, 2014.  Bonnie Ora discussed A Living Library and all the Branch Living Library & Think Parks underway in San Francisco and New York City, and multiple opportunities to develop Branches around the world.  Listen to the Broadcast here ! In the interview,  she also talked about the Living Library Nature Walk, that is underway, and is a model for the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in SF that interconnects eleven neighborhoods, that could eventually link community resources like schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces through development of a new, narrative landscape, with other features, including the daylighting of Creeks where possible.

Bonnie Ora Sherk Interviewed For New Video About A Living Library

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:


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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 !





Solar Cooking at OMI/Excelsior Branch Living Library & Think Park Teaches Students About Energy and Appropriate Technology

1-IMG_65506th Grade Science Students from James Denman Middle School learn about solar energy and solar cooking from new A.L.L. Teacher, Brennan Blazer Bird at the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park.  Students harvested tasty, fresh vegetables and flowers from the Living Library Gardens, and prepared Mexican-style Nachos that baked in the Solar Oven, while they learned more about science, energy concepts and appropriate technology.

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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 !!!


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