Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Growing Kale at the Mayor's Office

Today we welcome guest blogger Allison Burson, who works in the office of Mayor Mike McGinn and helps tend their Giving Garden.

Over the past few years, volunteers have helped us start a garden on the west-facing balconies of the Mayor’s Office on the 7th floor of City Hall. We donate the produce to the Cherry Street Food Bank and encourage others to consider doing the same. The balconies get bright sun all afternoon and evening, and they get a lot of wind as well.

The food bank has requested dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale.

We are also growing raspberries, Sungold tomatoes, and lettuce. Thanks to Deb Rock from the Interbay P-Patch we have extremely robust rhubarb.

It doesn’t take a lot of space for a garden, and the food banks are really grateful for fresh produce.  


Thanks Allison and all the staff at City Hall who tend the balcony Giving Garden! If you'd like to start a Giving Garden at your workplace, check out the resources on our website or contact us. 

(photos by Allison Burson)

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