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Newest San Francisco community garden brings a welcome splash of greenery

Maria Uchi fills her plot at the Geneva Community Garden in Ingleside with edibles, including a calamansi citrus tree, with her sister-in-law Belen Uchi (right). Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

“This is going to be the hottest park corridor in the city pretty soon,” Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department, told the crowd.

By Jenna Lyons
February 24, 2018


The garden just opened, but already about 30 people are on the waiting list, said Mei Ling Hui, the city’s community garden program manager. People are allowed to plant “pretty much everything,” with the exception of cannabis and plants that grow so tall they might unintentionally shade the others.

Steve Wasserman, a resident of the Forest Hill neighborhood, managed to get one of the 60 plots before they filled up. He said he plans to grow some tomatoes, carrots, onions, beets and shishito peppers.

“I grew up in the Midwest in the suburbs, with a big yard and a big vegetable garden every summer,” said Wasserman, 64. “Gardening is something that I’ve been involved in for a long time.”

But he found the yard at his home is too small, shady and foggy for good gardening.
“When this opportunity came up. it was a great chance for me to put my hands back in the dirt,” he said.

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