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Green Light for San Francisco’s New Urban Agriculture Program

Treasure Island Job Corps Farm. Photo by Eli Zigas.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has given the green light for the Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) to take the lead coordinating the city’s support of urban agriculture.

By Eli Zigas
Food Systems And Urban Agriculture Program Manager
July 17, 2013


With its approval, the board of supervisors is setting up an institutional structure for urban agriculture support. The on-the-ground work is now set to begin. The program’s first year will be crucial, and SPUR recommends prioritizing a number of projects to demonstrate early success. They include:

Clearly establishing the urban agriculture program as an initiative that works across agencies and assists gardeners and farmers of all types.

Operating as a “one-stop-shop” for urban agriculture that provides the public with a single point of entry when seeking assistance for projects on public or private land.

Establishing at least three urban agriculture resources centers that provide compost, mulch, tools and other material support on a regular basis during the coordinator’s first year.

Working with the City of San Francisco Real Estate Division to complete the audit of city-owned rooftops suitable for urban agriculture.

Developing a strategy to reduce community garden waiting lists within the coordinator’s first six months.

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