In the Visitacion Valley neighborhood, at the foot of McLaren Park — San Francisco’s second largest park– sits the city’s largest public housing site, Sunnydale. Currently undergoing a major revitalization through a private-public partnership led by the Mayor’s Office of Housing, the 50-acre, 785-unit site is home to more than 1,700 ethnically diverse people.
Since 2014, Urban Sprouts has operated a 2500sq. ft. urban garden—the Sunnydale Community Garden at Hahn St. & Sunnydale Ave. Two more gardens and a resource center are in the pipeline for 2017.
Urban Sprouts’ diverse grassroots programming builds community organizing, planning, urban farming, cooking, and nutrition skills and is offered in three languages (English, Spanish, and Cantonese).
The garden is a medium for community building as it restores and honors cultural connections to land, food, and people, increasing interactions between the many different cultures flourishing in Sunnydale and strengthening community relations through community-informed programming and peer-to-peer leadership opportunities.
Residents are involved in all aspects of developing and maintaining this aesthetically pleasing outdoor space for all.