In this intergeneration gardening program, Palo Alto third graders partner with community parents and grandparents to tend Gamble Garden’s produce beds throughout the school year. Together, the volunteers and students explore planting, composting, raising worms, pollination, and many other topics. Each week, the students prepare and enjoy a healthy snack from the garden and donate the remaining harvest to a local food bank. In recent years, the group has donated around 300 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables annually.
In 2015, Roots and Shoots teamed up with Palo Alto’s Downtown Streets Team. Homeless and at-risk adults help to maintain and harvest the garden produce over the summer months and deliver it to the food bank.