The back corner of Whole Foods Market Redwood City is being transformed with a vibrant, uplifting mural and community garden for all to enjoy. The mural and community garden are the result of a partnership between muralist Marlon Yanes, Whole Foods Market Redwood City, Community Advocacy Through Art (CATA), and Incredible Edible Mid-Peninsula. Estimated completion is late September, 2017.
A free Unveiling Ceremony and Party will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 5 – 7 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Redwood City. The unveiling ceremony begins at 5pm and is followed by a party in the store’s taproom. Free hors d’oeuvres for all and a GrowPot herb garden gardening kit for the first 50 attendees. Whole Foods Market will be honoring the work of Incredible Edible at the ceremony, presenting them with a check based on the amount raised between July 3 – September 1st as one of their Nickels For Nonprofits recipients. Whole Kids Foundation and its local garden grant recipients, which include various Redwood City elementary schools, will be honored as well.
The mural, titled Seeds for a Healthy Tomorrow, promotes the message that all community members, especially kids, can develop healthier eating habits through gardening, engaging with local food initiatives, and learning more about different fruits and vegetables. The mural was designed by Whole Foods Market’s regional chalk artist, Marlon Yanes, a Redwood City resident since the age of nine. Located at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Adams Street, the inspirational mural includes images of kids enjoying healthy, wholesome food in a playful garden setting. Yanes uses a special artistic technique in the mural to create the illusion of three-dimensional depth when viewed directly from the street corner.
A community garden in front of the mural is being designed by Incredible Edible Mid-Peninsula, a local nonprofit focused on growing a healthier Redwood City through edible landscapes and community gardens. Once complete, the garden will blend visually into the 3-D mural design. Members of the community are invited to help tend the garden if they are interested, in addition to simply enjoying the stunning setting and healthy living inspirational message.
For more information about the partner organizations, see the below links:
More information about community gardening and local food initiatives to come!