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San Francisco Victory Garden

Originally posted in EcoLocalizer

The area in front of San Francisco’s city hall doesn’t exactly represent lush farmland but that doesn’t prevent it from being a viable SF food source. For the first time since 1943,
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Slow Food Nation founder Alice Waters and more than 100 volunteers planted the first edible garden in the City’s Civic Center. This victory garden, which takes its name from from 20th Century wartime efforts, helps to address food shortages
by encouraging citizens to plant gardens on public and private land.

Victory gardens continue to spring up in and around the City as food prices continue to rise and food sustainability becomes more of an issue. This Civic Center venture found its funding through various organizations including Slow Food Nation, CMG Landscape Architecture, City Slicker Farms, The Presidio Native Plant Nursery, Alemany Farms, Friends of the Urban Forest, Ploughshares Nursery, Urban Permaculture Guild, Coevolution Institute and many others.

Our salad bowl spins with the thought of the many crops being grown Amaranth, Snap Bean, Pole Bean, Dry Bean, Broccoli Raab, Ground Cherry, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Collards, Cowpea, Cress, Leeks, Okra, Bunching Onion, as well as Calendula, May Flowers, Sunflowers and many others. Being realists, we thought that in this City that how will these crops survive with all the pesky homeless and veggie thieves but the city provides on-site security to guard against theft.

Best of all, we applaud that instead of having a “veggie sale” or the like, the food grown in the garden will be donated to those with limited access to healthy, organic produce through the local food bank’s meal program.

Photo credit: Naomi Starkman

2 comments
  1. Megan McWilliams

    great post keith! i just love the work these folks are doing. i had the privilege of doing an article on and meeting w/ alice waters last year @ farm aid. i hope this project inspires other cities, communities and individuals to create their own victory gardens. i know i’ve expanding mine this year!

  2. Rachel

    Aweome! I’m thinking of contacting the Melbourne city council or state government and asking if they’re considering a similar move on council grounds. I’d love to see some veg being grown on on public lands!

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