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San Francisco Urban Farm To Rise As Symbol Of Social Justice

Alvina Wong (right) tries to untangle a lengthy garden hose with Marilyn Duran at the Hummingbird Farm in San Francisco

The once-fallow field, owned but previously unused by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is on its way to becoming an urban farm capable of growing up to 1,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables each year

By Dominic Fracassa
San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2018

Excerpt:

The College Hill Learning Garden in Bernal Heights was the agency’s first such program. Opened in April 2016, the center is designed to teach students about healthy food and environmental sustainability and is operated by Education Outside, a nonprofit focused on science and environmental education.

The new garden is the PUC’s second urban agriculture program, and the third is still “under consideration,” according to Tracy Zhu, the agency’s acting community benefits manager.

“As an agency, what’s really important for (the PUC) is to develop public and community partnerships, and one of the opportunities that the agency has is activating our land,” Zhu said. “As we think through the best way to ensure that our underutilized land is maximized, local partners help define what those uses (for the land) might be.”

To help figure out the best use for the Crocker-Amazon field, the agency enlisted the help of the nonprofit People Organizing to Demand Environmental Justice and Economic Rights, or PODER, which operates primarily out of the Mission and Excelsior neighborhoods. The organization will oversee the garden’s operations.

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