By Damien Raffa, Presidio Trust
Since shelter-in-place orders commenced, local health care leaders have emphasized the critical importance of access to nature in the midst of this crisis, including nature experiences at home.
With the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights’ “Plant a seed and watch it grow” in mind, our collaborative quickly conceived a simple project to distribute seeds, soil and a biodegradable pot to families living in the city’s equity zones.
Thanks to a partnership with SFSU’s EDvance program and First 5 San Francisco, 3,352 trilingual seed kits along with books, sidewalk chalk, and other educational materials, will go home with families of early childhood centers, family childcare homes, and emergency childcare sites.
Sueli Nunes, Preschool Program Supervisor at the Felton Center in the Mission, helped prep the kits in the nature-rich courtyard of her site and sees the value of this experience as an opportunity “to bring nature into the home and learn to care for a living thing.”
The kits were lovingly assembled by volunteers from the Family Child Care Association of San Francisco, Felton, the Presidio Trust, SF Public Library, KaBOOM!, SF Rec & Park, SF Department of the Environment, EDvance and SF Children & Nature. We could not have done it without them.
In a few weeks, 3,352 flowers will bloom across San Francisco. If you have some in your home or in your students’ home, please send us some pictures and share your story.