It’s safe to assume that most drivers whizzing down the 101 freeway in southern San Francisco are unaware of the rows of fresh produce sprouting in their midst. But just a few feet away lies this remarkable urban farm, which empowers San Francisco residents, especially those in neighboring low-income communities, to grow their own food and participate in community agriculture.

Volunteers tend to the vegetables

Volunteers tend to the vegetables

Since it was founded in 1994 by members of the adjacent public housing community, Alameny Farm has grown by leaps and bounds. Formerly a place where people deposited trash, the farm is now home to a duck pond, a windmill, fruit tress, and of course, vegetables in various stages of cultivation. This has demanded serious dedication on the part of community members, who successfully revived the farm just a few years ago after its funding sources collapsed.

Participants of the public markets conference were lucky enough to get a tour of the farm from Executive Director Alice Caruthers and some very friendly volunteers. On the day we visited, the artichokes (pictured below) were just beginning to come into their own.

Begging to be doused in butter and lemon

Begging to be doused in butter and lemon

 

For more info on the farm and to volunteer, visit www.alemanyfarm.org

 

 

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