America’s Premier Urban Farmer is San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom
Take that, New Yawk.
Eat it, Portland.
Make up your own caption, it’s fun:
This will serve as our Civic Center Victory Garden, it would seem. Right at the well-irrigated and highly humid intersection of McAllister and Larkin.
Best of all, we got this garden just after Los Angeles got theirs.
It’s all brought to you by delicious Kraft Triscuit and Urban Farming.
All the deets, after the jump.
MAYOR NEWSOM BREAKS GROUND ON CIVIC CENTER COMMUNITY GARDEN AND ANNOUNCES
FINALISTS FOR AGRICULTURE DESIGN CONTEST
San Francisco, CA— Mayor Gavin Newsom today broke ground on a new community
garden in a vacant lot owned by the City and County of San Francisco,
located at McAllister and Larkin streets. The food grown at the garden will
go to volunteers who help care for it.
“Urban agriculture is about far more than growing vegetables on an empty
lot,” said Mayor Newsom. “It’s about revitalizing and transforming unused
public spaces, connecting city residents with their neighborhoods in a new
way and promoting healthier eating and living for everyone.”
The Civic Center community garden is part of a pledge by Kraft Triscuit and
Urban Farming, a non-profit headquartered in Detroit, MI, to build 50
community-based gardens in 2010. The Urban Farming program converts unused
land into a source of fresh food for the communities. Urban Farming and
Kraft Triscuit are providing soil, plant material, seedling, and part time
staff support to the community garden at the Civic Center.
Urban Farming, in partnership with Tenderloin Economic Development
Corporation, signed an agreement with the City’s Real Estate to occupy the
corner of McAllister and Larkin until January 2011. The food grown at the
Civic Center community farm will go directly to the volunteers who help
Mayor Newsom also announced that entries to the urban agriculture design
contest “Digging Deeper, Building Blocks for Sustainable Design,” are now
available for public view. The City helped launch the competition last fall
seeking innovative designs related to urban agriculture. The contest is
intended to promote a more innovative approach to addressing local food and
urban agriculture issues. Submissions include Chicken Cribs – billed as
“the quick and easy, self-assembly urban chicken coop” and Mobile Markets,
carts stocked with produce that can easily be taken to any busy locale.
The competition is sponsored by Autodesk, and by a coalition of design
professionals working in collaboration with the Mayor’s office. The design
coalition includes the SF Chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of
America (IDSA), the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA), and the
Interaction Designers Association (IxDA).
The public is invited to visit the Digging Deeper web-site to view all of
the ideas and to vote on their favorite ideas in the next 14 days. For more
information, please visit: www.diggingdeepersf.ning.com.
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