Hayes Valley Farm
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Freeway Turned Urban Permaculture Farm
In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake shook down the Central Freeway in San Francisco, along with a good chunk of the city proper. The freeway ramps led to nowhere for nearly 20 subsequent years, their larger abandoned lots providing only a haven for drug use and trash. In 2010, a massive volunteer project supported by the San Francisco Parks Trust began – to create an interim-use urban farm and education center on the former freeway. With the help of over 20,000 volunteers, Hayes Valley Farm blossomed into a thriving permaculture community farm producing a bounty of food, offering classes and workshops, partnering with local community activists and restaurants to increase local food security and environmental awareness and providing a safe, beautiful outdoor space for all to enjoy in the middle of the fair city. An incredible space to enjoy a picnic, take a workshop on gardening (or bee-keeping!) and enjoy a free outdoor yoga class. No prior garden experience necessary. Just drop in and if you feel like learning and lending a hand, introduce yourself to the farm manager on site. Check website for visiting (volunteer) days. **Hayes Valley Farm is open for 2 more weeks, then the space will be turned back to the city for development. Huge resource giveaway! Bring a bucket and stock up! HVF is part of a larger urban agriculture movement. Be part of the magic: http://www.49farms.org/
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