On another warm, dry, sunny day at The Free Farm, we were occupied in the following activities:
Planting and harvesting
My Getup classmate Eli, who is Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager at SPUR (SF Planning + Urban Research), sent this link to SPUR’s latest publication, Public Harvest: Expanding the Use of Public Land for Urban Agriculture in San Francisco, at http://www.spur.org/publications/library/report/public-harvest. The Free Farm is mentioned on page 13 as an example of “the explosion of urban agriculture projects that have started in the past few years” and on page 14 as an example of a communally managed community garden.
Participating in a communally managed community garden like The Free Farm means we get things done by consensus. And so long as our ideas or proposed activities support our mission to “grow organic produce, foster garden education and build community,” almost anything’s possible. Some recent empowering examples: presenting container gardening workshops to seniors and others with mobility issues who can't easily visit The Free Farm (thanks, Margaret!), incorporating universal design principles (handrail, garden table top) to make gardening more accessible to persons of all abilities (thanks, Page!), and giving away hecka local seedlings and produce, with instructional support, to make it easier for people to eat healthy (thanks, Tree! See “Grow plants, cook plants” posting below).
Another Getup classmate Sophie wrote about how volunteering at The Free Farm inspired her to further work in fighting hunger at http://revolutionhunger.tumblr.com/post/21413751936/growing-solutions-to-hunger-in-san-francisco
Garden table: on the same page with Page :-)
For our Garden Table project, we have used the Manatee Master Gardeners blueprint for inspiration. But for the most part, our team is coming up with our own materials (mostly scavenged as we follow the “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra) and customizing the design to suit our space. Yesterday we decided to redesign the Garden Table so it will now resemble our farmstand cart + handrail legs, both built by Page. With retired math instructor Mary double-checking our calculations, Wendy and I measured and marked the pieces that were cut by Page with his equipment.
Eating and meeting
http://www.takebackthetract.com/), which activists took over on Earth Day with the intent to transform the 10-acre Albany site owned by UC Berkeley into an agro-ecological farm! On May Day, Jason will post coverage of his first-hand observations on Occupy the Farm at http://www.earthisland.org/journal/.
More planting, watering, weeding, sharing food, building trellis
http://www.satyamag.com/sept05/greger.html) In the web of life, some animals like cats and dogs are carnivores that eat other animals. At Golden Gate Park, feral cats are major predators of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc.
At The Free Farm, “be all you can be” without joining Uncle Sam, so come grow with us!
Public Service Announcements:
Wed., May 2, 2012, 1:30-3:30 pm SF Food Security Task Force
City Hall - 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Rm. 278, SF 94102 http://www.sfdph.org/dph/files/mtgsGrps/#foodsecurity
Thurs., May 3, 2012, 5:30 California Native Plants Guided Tour
SF Botanical Garden, 9th Ave. & Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park, SF Served by Muni #71 & #44 lines, 1 block from N-Judah, 2 blocks from #6, #43 & #66 bus lines. Every year we try to arrange for one of our programs to be an after-hours stroll and picnic in San Francisco Botanical Garden’s award-winning Arthur Menzies Garden of California Native Plants. This year’s visit will be led by two of the Garden’s expert luminaries. Our chapter conservation chair (and much more) Jake Sigg spent 16 years as caretaker and supervisor of the Menzies Garden. Jake will share with us the history of many of the well-established plants, as well as some wonderful stories from the past. Ted Kipping has been involved with SFBG most of his life, as gardener, treeworker, and always generous volunteer of time and expertise. A trained geologist, skilled in botany and horticulture, Ted’s breadth of natural history knowledge is extraordinary, and his ability to see, interpret, and explain his observations is unsurpassed. He will concentrate on the wealth of trees and shrubs in the garden. Bring your bag supper and enjoy a communal dinner in the garden. Enjoy guided walks from our experts, and take advantage of the opportunity to ask them questions. Garden admission is free for all attendees. Meet in parking lot behind County Fair Building before 5:30 pm. Please be on time, as we may have to lock the gate behind us. http://cnps-yerbabuena.org/