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Take a Hike! San Bruno Mountain

May 20, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events, Garden /Plants, Hike No Comments →

This mountain is a treasure in the midst of our busy SF Bay Area, you’ll want to take a hike on San Bruno Mountain.  The San Bruno Mountain Watch has many hikes open to the public, you’ll learn more about this amazing place. They have a Spring Hike Series, You’ll learn more about the ecology of the area, wildflowers, butterflies and politics. The Mission Blue Butterfly lives up here, feeding on lupines, rare plants and windswept vistas of San Francisco, the bay and the ocean.

There is a local nursery in Brisbane that has plant sales and donates proceeds to Mountain Watch.

for more details look at this related post 

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or call 415-467-6631

Ecology Center Family Fun

May 12, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Bike riding, Events No Comments →

A Festival at the Downtown Berkeley Farmer’s Market on Center St. You can BART to it! Starts at 2pm May 30– games, contests and fun. Free.

for more fun listings that you can BART to see  go on… Get out of your car!

Stay in touch with the Food Business School!

May 10, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

So far, so good with the Food Business School! The  first classes are starting soon and this amazing new school is trying to get the word out to foodies and chefs alike. That would be everyone, right!?

If you subscribe to the FBS newsletter, you probably saw that the Concept to Shelf course with Neil Grimmer and Will Rosenzweig has been moved to the SF Ferry Building, which I think will be loads of fun.

Just in case you didn’t catch that, take a look at the FBS site/ newsletter. Subscribing to that is probably the best way to stay on top of all the great (and tasty) events and developments.

Information on the FOOD HACK in SF last spring, ah what a night! …or weekend for some!

           Grimmer and Rosenzweig

The Food Business School

NOW! At the SF Ferry Building

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
2555 Main St.

St. Helena, CA 94574

SF Green Film Fest May 28-June 1!!

May 03, 2015 By: James Avery Category: Compost, Events, Global 3D view, Health and Beauty No Comments →

Over the last four years, San Francisco Green Film Festival ( ) has brought over 200 compelling and relevant environmental film programs to Bay Area audiences. At venues across San Francisco we all have watched and loved the latest green independent documentaries on topics including: water in the West; better cities; nature and biodiversity; zero waste; and more.

All our films offered one thing: a unique perspective on the most pressing environmental issues.

But the Green Film Fest didn’t stop there. We have seen filmmakers, environmental experts, campaigners and local residents come together to watch, discuss and create ideas for a better world. We are using the power of film to spark environmental and social change.

It will be here soon, get ready to enjoy it!



April 21, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Discover earth, Events No Comments →

Today Wednesday April 22

11 am to 1:30 pm at Justin Hermann Plaza receive a $6 BART ticket

And you can enter to win a folding bike!  has EVENTS and FUN for you — there is a lot to do (without the car!!) is sponsoring this event.

Please share this info and take a look at all the fun in the SF Bay Area for EARTH DAY!

April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and it also happens to be the date of BART’s fifth annual Blue Sky Festival.

Join us from 11am to 1:30pm at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco for a lunch-time eco celebration. There will be environmental info and giveaways from more than 50 environmental exhibitors, plus valet bicycle parking, a Segway obstacle course and carnival games with an eco-twist. Get a BART Blue Sky Passport at the festival, fill it with stamps from six exhibitors and redeem it for a free $6 BART ticket.

The first 5,000 people who turn in a completed passport will get a free $6 BART ticket right at the festival! Stamped passports will be entered in a drawing to win a folding bike.

Official rules will be available at the festival.

You can also win a $100 Clipper card. Take a photo at the festival and upload it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #BARTBlueSky. Five winners will be selected at random on April 24, 2015.

Nature in the City: Earth Day Party | McCoppin Plaza

April 21, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Corporate Green, Discover earth, Events No Comments →


Price: free
When: April 22, 2015 – 12pm to April 22, 2015 – 5pm
Where: McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Nearest BART Station:
16th St. Mission (SF)

Join us for a simple day of nature. Plant the park, have a bite to eat, and slow down for a minute to observe. This will also be a fun, musical, hands-on, journalistic, adventurous day, when nature experts will share their knowledge and inspire us to discover local nature.

Nature in the City’s McCoppin Hub Plaza Earth Day
Presented by People in Plazas
Wednesday, April 22nd | Noon to 5pm
Valencia at McCoppin Street (one block south of Market)

Partners include: San Francisco Department of Environment’s Biodiversity Program and SF Plantfinder Database, Weaving Earth, Children in Nature Collaborative, and Children’s Day School with a special guest appearance by the resident Guadalupe Island Palms and their new neighboring plants: San Francisco native ceanothus, toyon, coast buckwheat, and ferns – who knew!

McCoppin Plaza
Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Nearest BART Station
16th St. Mission (SF)

REAL School Gardens

April 20, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

Fresh air. Lifting rocks. Children getting in the dirt — with purpose!

Nearly 200 volunteers teamed up with the nonprofit REAL School Gardens to create a hands-on learning garden at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in one day. Volunteers prepared planting beds, installed fence posts and flagstone walkways, and topped a pergola.

Watch the garden come to life – real stories.

   Girl with Grub

The new garden helps teachers engage students and hands-on learning is so good for kids and their retention of new ideas. Make the classroom an outdoor classroom. REAL School Gardens creates learning gardens at low-income elementary schools and provides training to teachers so they can use the gardens for instruction and academic success.

Find a garden in your neighborhood!  Or contact your local school, they can use your energy and enthusiasm!


Open Heart Yoga Festival May 2 – 3

April 18, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events, Yoga No Comments →

The Open Heart Yoga Festival is only 2 weeks away    so excited!!!
Don’t wait… Buy your tickets TODAY at
Also, dig into your giving yoga nature…

SEND Your Love to us in donations $$ —  Time  24/7 —- or Social Media! 

  • Donate to the festival at The festival does not fund itself… We need your help and support.
  • Jump on FACEBOOK and Like us! Share our Good News of this event.
  • Post info on Linked In, pictures on Instagram and others.  Let’s get the WORD out!

A BIG THANK YOU in advance!

And dear ones, when you post or tweet or FaceBoook….. use these hashtags below to enhance the search tools to FIND US! We are MANY…. yes we are….. hear us whisper…. namaste! 
?#?OHYF? ?#?openheartyoga? ?#?openheartyogis? ?#?openheartyogafestival? ?#?yoga??#?collegeofsanmateo? ?#?sanmateo? ?#?7monthspregnant? ?#?headstand??#?tripodheadstand? ?#?support?

About Open Heart YOGA   Open Heart Yoga — is just what it sounds like! Started with the Yoga program certification of YOGA Teacher Training at College of San Mateo, this group is dedicated to opening our hearts and enjoying health fitness and yoga for students, our community, and our Bay Area. Our students have great training and once they are certified in the 200CYT class, they go out to teach and make the world a better place. WE are amazing, and we are doing good deeds. Come join us! Denaya Dailey is our wonderful teacher.

The Wall that Heals

April 09, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Events No Comments →

A traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be making its only stop in the Bay Area this weekend when it visits the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

Residents wishing to show appreciation for those who served their country in the Vietnam War can visit the Wall That Heals, which will be on display in San Bruno beginning Thursday, April 9 through Sunday, April 12. On Friday April 10, each person’s name from San Mateo County, who had served and died in the Vietnam war will be  read. 50,300 names are on the wall.  The 107 names that were read were OUR hometown heroes.

Leo McArdle, who is helping coordinate the event, said he hopes thousands of people will come to pay their respects at the wall, which will be on display all day for no charge at 1300 Sneath Lane in San Bruno, CA.

The Wall That Heals is a 250-foot long, and 6-foot tall replica scaled to size and constructed in the shape of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It will travel to the Los Angeles area after its four day stop in San Bruno at the Golden Gate Cemetery.

“It’s beautiful,” said McArdle. “It’s an exact replica.”




The wall tour is put on by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, the nonprofit organization that constructed the wall in Washington, D.C., which hosts more than 4.5 million visitors a year.


Food Hackathon in SF

March 09, 2015 By: Jacqueline Smith Category: Compost, Corporate Green, Events, Food, Garden /Plants No Comments →

It was the  inaugural session of The Food Business School (FBS), the new center for executive and graduate education at The Culinary Institute of America.  In addition to announcing course details and faculty, the launch signifies a growing urgency to offer solutions to the large-scale global food systems issues we face.

Bee clover

FBS Executive Director and Dean William Rosenzweig invited Greeneroo to the launch of The Food Business School Friday and the Food Hackathon: Friday, February 27, 2015 with a topic of  “Nutrition for All”. We loved checking out the new and bold ideas. This couldn’t happen at a better time. Making real food a focus for a hungry city and nation, is essential. So many thoughts, the best supper conversation we have had in awhile:

  • Living Walls with food growing for the underserved
  • Better distribution
  • Combining existing tech with start-ups
  •   Taking a second look at problems that have been solved and using scaling to create more good
  • Developing new ways to grow clean food
  • GMOs, seeds, farming, farmers
  • Ways to go from mere discussion to action to implementation

amaranth1This innovative forum occurred at Galvanize, 44 Tehama St., San Francisco which was a suitable and beautiful space for inspired food inspiration and brainstorming.  The crowd was electric with ideas, and ready to be let loose on some thorny problems.  There was problem solving coaching, and encouragement to keep an “open heart” which really resonates. Anytime you mix corporate power, with small business, and struggling foodies, and clean food startups… there could have been fireworks – but it was collaboration instead.

William, an educator, entrepreneur and social venture investor has dedicated his life to finding healthy and sustainable solutions to food and environmental crises. In addition to founding The Republic of Tea, William is professor at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, managing director at Physic Ventures, a venture capital firm investing in socially responsible business, and has been involved in growing companies such as Odwalla, Stonyfield Farms, Revolution Foods, Yummly and many more.

This event and format is highly recommended, you’ll leave feeling inspired and engaged, with Next Steps and “what ifs” in your head. –the editor