Outside Lands Festival 2011: Support Your Local Nonprofits


For those of you who were at last weekend’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park know that there was much more to the festival than music and arts.

There were many local nonprofit organizations at the festival to help spread the word about good causes and provide more information about important issues. Here are just a few of the organizations that I learned more about during Outside Lands.

Friends Of The Urban Forest

Friends Of The Urban Forest is a nonprofit organization, based out of the Presidio, that strives to promote the benefits of an urban forest in the largely urban San Francisco through the planting of new trees, caring for existing trees, providing information materials, and conducting community events.

Garden For The Environment

Garden For The Environment is small organic farm at 7th Avenue/Lawton Street in San Francisco. The farm provides hands-on workshops to teach sustainable urban farming practices such as composting, gardening, and landscaping to local residents.

Music In Schools Today

Music In Schools Today advocates and promotes music education programs in SF’s public K-12 schools. Consider donating any unused instruments.

Oxfam America

Oxfam America is an international organization that works to end hunger, injustice, and poverty around the world.

Urban Sprouts

Urban Sprouts is a local nonprofit that strives to build school gardens in under-served SF neighborhoods in order to build “eco-literacy, equity, wellness, and community.”

Western Neighborhoods Project

The Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) was formed to “preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco.” WNP mainly focuses on events within the areas of Lake Merced, OMI District, Richmond District, Sunset District, and West of Twin Peaks. Please read examples of articles from the organization, as well as photos and video.

Please support your local nonprofits through donations or volunteering. And feel free to visit their websites or contact them for more information and other ways you can help.

[image via Mindshift Media]

Friends Of The Urban Forest’s 30th Anniversary Block Party


In San Francisco, Friends Of The Urban Forest (FUF) has spent the past three decades promoting the benefits of greening the city with trees in order to create urban forests for all to enjoy.

FUF is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a free Block Party on Saturday, 17 September 2011 (1-4PM PST) at its headquarters in the Presidio (1007 General Kennedy Avenue). The organization began in 1981 with a Neighborhood Tree Planting of 50 trees in Noe Valley.[1. Friends Of The Urban Forest, “TREEscapes,” Summer 2011.] It currently plants approximately 1,200 trees annually.[2. Ibid.]

The 30th Anniversary Block Party will include food trucks, Anchor Steam beer, massages, a bounce house, music, and other fun activities. Please RSVP to FUF Membership Director Greg Harrell-Edge greg[at]fuf.net or (415) 268-0785.

[photo via misterlevel]