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    Fixing nitrogen in the soil with an initial crop of fava beans. Hayes Valley Farm, 2010

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    Shaped berms and the greenhouse at Hayes Valley Farm. Laguna Street at Oak.

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    Freeway Food Forest and a garden of signs at Hayes Valley Farm in San Francisco

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    Freeway Food Forest at Hayes Valley Farm, looking East towards San Francisco’s Civic Center.

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    Artist Suzanne Husky created the “Owl” structure at Hayes Valley Farm.

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    Farm Film Night at Hayes Valley Farm

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    The Hayes Valley Farm seed library, created onsite by artist Suzanne Husky, and filled with seeds from the San Francisco Seed Library, neighbors, and community members.

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    Hayes Valley Farm berms. San Francisco

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    Sheetmulching the Oak street slope with local materials. Hayes Valley Farm, 2010


Grow community.


In 2010, 450 Laguna Street opened into an abandoned lot, slated to be developed into condominiums within a few years. That same year, San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development gave community members, artists, educators and permaculture designers a lease to activate the area for temporary green space use.

For three years, thousands of people came to garden, work, and play at the place we called Hayes Valley Farm. Within six months we had grown our own soil, planted a field of fava beans, built a greenhouse, and raised bees. This empty lot used to be the highway 101 freeway on-ramp, before it was structurally damaged in the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

Hayes Valley Farm changed us and taught us about the nature of change. We continue to explore what’s possible today. From creating community gardens to building partnerships and practicing shared governance models, we hope to inspire new collaborations.

Photos: Zoey Kroll, Hayes Valley Farm, Chris Martin