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    Freeway food forest.
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    Sheetmulching the Oak street slope with local materials.
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    Fixing nitrogen in the soil with an initial crop of fava beans.
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    Berms on contour, edible and medicinal companion plantings.

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. Within six months we had grown a field of fava beans, built a greenhouse, and harvested honey from bees raised on a freeway on-ramp.

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