Listen to the history of the Alice Fong Yu Garden Above.
The well-established school garden sits near the top of the school site along Lawton Street, and flows downhill toward the middle school yard. The raised beds in the garden were built to accommodate the hill’s topography, and make excellent use of this space. The garden includes a tool shed, an informal outdoor classroom space, and a well-loved digging bed. It is used by garden classes on a daily basis, and is also used: by the students’ garden club; as a lunch break play space (when supervised); by the GLO after school program; on parent work days; and as a venue for special events. – Green School Yard Alliance at AFY
Education Outside is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that helps public-school students of all backgrounds develop science skills, a love for nature, healthy eating habits, and resource conservation practices. We recruit, hire, train, and support the Corps for Education Outside, the nation’s first service corps dedicated to teaching science, sustainability, and food education in school gardens. Learn more at http://www.educationoutside.org.
Kristin Owyang is the Education Outside Corps member at AFY. This is her first year of service. Kristin was raised in the agriculture-rich city of Sacramento but didn’t experience the joy of growing her own food until she graduated from college and volunteered on a farm in England. After spending her summer on the farm, Kristin moved to Berkeley for graduate studies in molecular and cell biology. There, she developed a preschool science education program as a volunteer at Hopkins Preschool and continued to learn about growing food in cities through local urban agriculture organizations. She merged these interests when she began volunteering at the Edible Schoolyard at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Kristin quickly learned that there is no better place to learn science than in a school garden. She is excited to join the team at Education Outside and looks forward to bringing out the inner scientist (and gardener!) in all of her students at Alice Fong Yu.
Patty Fung (2011-2014). Patty’s favorite part of garden time is watching the kids take care of the space by doing maintenance work, hearing their discoveries in the garden, holding school garden farmers markets and taking kids out on field trips around San Francisco. In addition to working at AFY, Patty enjoys spending time working on multimedia/audio documentary work. She started the AFY Garden Blog website in August 2011 as a way to document the garden program and to connect what’s happening in the program to the larger community. It has reached over 17,000 views as of 2014! She also loves skateboarding and surfing. She is the staff advisor for Skateboard Club in addition to Green Club.