Gallery: San Franciscans Turn Abandoned Lot Into Full-Fledged Farm


A proposed 239-unit development in San Francisco‘s Hayes Valley has yet to come to fruition, leaving an ugly, empty lot in its place. Seeing this, a group of enterprising citygoers have decided to turn the lot into Hayes Valley Farm, an education and research project sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust.

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  1. manny February 7, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Projects like these are great and bring communities together

  2. jeanX February 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    The Bay Area is rich in farms,
    so I wonder what real farmers think of this effort.
    It’s easy to grow things in this climate, better than having
    them shipped East, which is now the case.
    It’s much better to have local produce,
    than to ship things across the land.
    It would require a dietary change—
    food that my grandparents ate:
    chicken, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc.
    These are all possible in most cold climates.

  3. eherold February 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    it would be wonderful if the future development plans could incorporate some of the edible landscaping and gardens!

    besides, in this economy, i doubt the city will move very quickly on whatever they had in mind for the space. the neighborhood itself seems to have figured out how to use the land just fine!

  4. Jess @ Openly Balanced February 3, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    How wonderful! And who knows what the future might bring. These temporary efforts could provide the momentum needed for the development of more permanent urban agriculture.

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