One pair of dirty hands at a time, San Franciscans are building an Urban Agriculture movement with skills they learn at the Garden for the Environment.
In 1990 we started with a vacant lot and an idea. What if we tried to teach everyone in San Francisco to garden? What would happen?
Garden for the environment, looking north, 1992
26 years later we can proudly say we have taught thousands of San Franciscans to grow their own food, choose smart and ecological plant choices, and remove their lawns through hands-on workshops.
Our students have started urban farm projects, dozens of school gardens and successfully advocated for urban agriculture legislation. Our students know how to compost. Our students use less water in their landscapes. Our students grow their own salads. Our students are leading the urban agriculture movement across the Bay Area.
Garden for the environment, looking south, 1915
Over the course of the year we teach hands-on workshops to over 600 adults, bring over 900 city youth to the garden for immersive field trips, train 25 adults to be the leaders in the local sustainable gardening movement, and grow over 500 lbs of organic produce with help from volunteers.