10-10-10 and Hayes Valley Farm, a 350 Garden Action Day event
The date 10-10-10 inspired community action events all over the country and, here in San Francisco, there was an amazing work/party at Hayes Valley Farm. Accessible from Laguna and Oak Streets, this urban farm must be seen to be believed. Hilly and park-like, meandering paths wind through groves of trees and vegetable garden space alike, and it is all tended by volunteers from the community and beyond. It is beautiful!
The Farm occupies an area the size of a city block, or two. The plot had been vacant and unused since 2003. Before that, it was the site of a decrepid freeway overpass, one that was severely damaged and put out of commission after the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989. In 2010 the city finally approved the land as a public greenspace and a farm was born, over a thousand volunteers having turned out to create this working-teaching garden. Read the full history here:
Today, the community organized a full day of volunteer work, free classes and workshops and live music and food. Here are some of my photos of the event:
From the Hayes Valley Farm website:
A community-run farm.
Hayes Valley Farm’s mission is to serve as a community and agricultural hub empowering San Francisco residents to connect with one another, grow their own food, and learn about sustainable ecological systems. Learn more about our vision and process.
As any current San Francisco gardener can attest, a garden becomes a magnet and a catalyst for community health just by being visible. As neighbors see eachother enjoying the bounty of a kitchen garden, perhaps pausing in the morning to enjoy the sweet flesh of a sun ripened strawberry, it often leads to sharing garden knowledge and garden surplus. Connections are made and bonds are established simply by seeing food production so close to the kitchen. A catalyst, because every gardener discovers the dilemma of too many zucchini or so much arugula they could feed the neighborhood. Surplus happens in a garden. Community bonds frequently follow a surplus as extra veggies and fruits are shared with neighbors. The garden caring and neighborly sharing leads to a diverse diet promoting improved eating habits and stronger community bonds.
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