A transformative impact of San Francisco's public teaching garden, Garden for the Environment (GFE), is through its annual Gardening and Composting Training Program (Get Up!). Founded in 1996, Get Up! turns diverse citizens into key players in the Bay Area's gardening, social justice, and climate change movements. The program covers a wide range of urban gardening skills while addressing the broader context of the climate crisis. With a focus on hands-on practices, lectures, and field trips, participants build a community and connections with local environmentalists, becoming change-makers. The program also had a positive impact on individuals and the broader community through career transitions and community engagement.

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