Come and join with the Master Gardeners of San Mateo and the REAL program (Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership) for the Annual Statewide California Coastal Clean-up Day. Afterwards, we will join together in a potluck and socialize together as a group.
This event will be held at Redwood City High School, which serves at risk youth in San Mateo county. The leadership academy organizes this event as part of their school volunteer service requirement. Redwood High School has a 1/2 acre working garden where the students learn valuable life skills by maintaining, planting, and harvesting in the garden. Cordilleras Creek runs directly through the school property, along the side of the garden.
The clean-up event is completely open to the public, and strives to recruit neighbors and community organizations to get involved, and includes a fun team effort from several other local schools. These groups will focus their efforts on the creek.
The Master Gardeners support the event by providing an Invasive Weeds information table and Invasive Plant Removal Team captains who lead groups to clear the invasives from the creekside and garden areas. Our Urban Farmers meet-up group will specifically focus on the garden. The invasive plants include in the creek area include blackberry bushes, ivy, horsetail, and Arundo Bambo. In the garden we will focus on those, along with crabgrass, and bindweed. In the process you will learn to identify invasive plants and how to eradicate them.
In addition to the clean-up and info about invasive weeks, we will learn more about the history of the garden and about the Master Gardener program and how you can become a Master Gardener in your county. We will also have information on identifying and controlling garden pests.
At the end of the event, the (REAL) Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership students stage a fun awards ceremony for "most spirited team", "team with the biggest catch"; "team with the largest haul"; and other such fun acknowledgments.
Our day runs like this:
9:00 - We will gather in the front lawn/field of the school, which can be seen from the street. We have plenty of street parking and there is a school parking lot. Please carpool if you can. We will have a sign-board at the street. Register and Early Morning Coffee & Bagels (time to get groups signed in)
9:20 - Circle Up and Introductions. (Safety Tips; Danger Area Alerts; Meet the Teams; Where to bring your haul)
9:45 - 11:30 - Clean Up Efforts
11:30 - Group Photo and Awards Ceremony
12:00 - Pic-Nic Lunch in the Garden (bring your own, or some to share)
1:00 - School Gates Locked
Light snacks and water will be on site. Please bring a pot luck lunch item to share and produce for our produce share. We also encourage you to bring your water bottles , sunscreen and hats. Although the school has some tools to share, more may need if there is a big crowd, so please bring your favorite weeding tools.
When you sign-up for this event, please also go to the link for the Coastal Cleanup SM County Volunteer Sign-up Form and complete the form. This will help the event coordinators know how many people to expect. Please note on the form that you are with the Urban Farmers MeetUp. This page also has the link to the waiver form, required by all to be filled out, printed and signed. Bring it with you the day of the event.
The Urban Farmers Coop events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch into a project at the hosts location.
What to bring
For this event, please bring any of the following:
- Clean up and weeding tools: gloves, shovel, spading fork, trowel, weeding tools
- Potluck item: that either contains something that you have picked from your yard, something that you would like in the future to come from your yard, or something that you have made.
- Crop Sharing item(s): Food items you have harvested from your yard to exchange with other members (if you have any)
- Some good positive energy
About Urban Farmers Cooperative
The Urban Farmers Cooperative events are working/learning sessions where we all pitch in on a project at the host's location. Here is what we do:
- We meet to help out a fellow host farmer
- We do some work, exchange ideas, and learn something at the same time
- We bring food from our gardens and share all the wonderful foods we are raising
- After the meeting we all take home something that we did not bring
By RSVPing YES to any of our MeetUps you are agreeing to our posted waiver:
Our goal is to bring our community together through safe and fun learning events.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming MeetUps.