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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

What U.S. Municipalities Can Learn From San Francisco's Urban Farming Movement - Huffington Post

Francesca Vietor, President, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, writes,
In 1995, San Francisco's now-thriving Alemany Farms was a four-acre, illegal dumping site growing tires, cars and refrigerators. Community leader and former San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners Director Mohammed Nuru spearheaded a unique, community-based collaboration to put at-risk, low-income youth to work transforming the vacant lot into an urban farm. San Francisco's first "urban youth farm" was planted, providing 50 lucky teens with business, landscaping and non-violent resolution skills while offering a healthy alternative to a life of drugs, crime or violence. Today, Alemany Farms stays true to its original vision; growing organics foods and creating green jobs for residents of low-income communities with the values of environmental justice and social equity firmly rooted.
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