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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Assemblymember Alex Lee 2024 Unsung Hero Awards

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Assemblymember Alex Lee recognized Elaine and 19 other constituents in District 24 as his 2024 Unsung Heroes.

 

Elaine was selected for the following reasons: Elaine is a volunteer at LEAF Center and LEAF Urban Garden, which focuses on environmental education, regenerative agriculture, organic farming and community building. Elaine was instrumental in creating community gardens at the California Nursery Historical Park in Niles and the LEAF Urban Garden at the corner of

Mission Blvd. and Mowry Ave.

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Tri-City Voice

April 2, 2024 Vol 23 No 14

 

"Uniting for a greener tomorrow: Youth4Good and Fremont LEAF"

 

News Article written by Olivia Ma, a member of the Youth4Good Volunteering Dept. 

This article is about the collaboration between Youth4 Good, a volunteer group that serves low income communities, and LEAF. Youth4 Good helps coordinate the LEAF Second Saturday Volunteer Events. 

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Tri-City Voice
Jan 23, 2024 Vol 23 No 4

"LEAF is on the move"

News article written by Dan O’Donnell, 

a fellow local gardener

 

This article is about our big move from the LEAF Stone Garden to the LEAF Urban Garden.

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2023 LEAF
Earth Day Celebration

City of Fremont Earth Day Celebration

on April 22, 2023 

captured on NBC Bay Area. 

LEAF had 19 booths with 40+ enthusiastic volunteers answering questions and educating our community about how we can live a more sustainable life.

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2022 Best of Fremont Award

LEAF was selected among the most impactful organizations in Fremont. This award recognized LEAF CR Stone Garden as the best of the best in the Community Garden category. We are honored to have been given this wonderful accolade.

The People's Garden

In Nov 2022, LEAF C.R. Stone Garden was given the accreditation of "The People's Garden" by the USDA. This is a government program that recognizes community gardens that exemplify the following.

  1. Grow fresh, healthy food

  2. Support a resilient, local food system

  3. Teach people how to garden using sustainable practices

  4. Nurture habitat for pollinators and wildlife

  5. Serve as greenspace for neighbors to gather, reflect, and enjoy.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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On July 23, 2022, we celebrated the completion of Phase One of the California Nursery Historical Park Master Plan with a Ribbon Cutting Celebration with City of Fremont Parks and Recs Community Service Director, Suzanne Wolf, Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, and Fremont's City Councilmembers. Lots of time and effort went into successfully renovating the 20 acre park which included the move of LEAF Center to the park's northeastern corner. 

YouTube Video of LEAF Center

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Speech

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Excellence in Community Engagement

StopWaste, a public agency dedicated to reducing waste in Alameda County, has made a priority of recognizing businesses for the positive impact they have on their communities.

In June 2022, LEAF was recognized for its Excellence in Community Engagement! Amidst the wonderful compliments given us, the following areas of our mission were highly commended.

  • Food Insecurity

    • Community garden planter rentals

    • Donation harvests to 2 food banks

    • Fruit Tree Gleaning campaign, preventing food waste

  • Sustainable Living & Mindful Consumption

    • Focus on composting, food, and plastic waste reduction

    • Earth Day Recycling campaigns, preventing textile waste

    • Regenerative agriculture practice and creative reuse

  • Community Education

    • Earth Day and other outreach events

    • Talkin’ Dirt online webinar

    • Mentoring Scouts and high school students

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