Garden City I


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Garden City I

  1. 1. Garden City: Workshop I Identifying Land for Gardens in San Francisco, CA October, 2009
  2. 2. Site Types – Land Estimates LAND ACRES Backyards 1,887* Street Parks 400 * Private Vacant Lots 108 Sidewalk landscaping 650 * Presidio Trust 1,491 RPD 3,466
  3. 3. Community Gardens
  4. 4. Recreation and Parks Dept. <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>May be depaved already </li></ul><ul><li>May have water meter </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Space – no conflicting uses </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Can take time </li></ul><ul><li>Conforming to RPD design </li></ul>Resources:
  5. 5. Street Parks
  6. 6. Unaccepted Streets
  7. 7. Street Parks Program <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Programmatic support from SFPT </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Can take time </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Community organizing </li></ul>Resources:
  8. 8. Vacant Lots (Private)
  9. 9. Privately Owned Vacant Lots <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for “site control” </li></ul><ul><li>New GDA's being developed by Planning </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Can take time </li></ul><ul><li>Water may or may not be available </li></ul><ul><li>Legal agreements site dependent </li></ul>Resources:
  10. 10. F. U. E. L. <ul><li>Friends of the Urban Edible Landscape </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilize privately owned vacant lots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remediate soil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Food/Fuel/Fiber Forests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perennial Polyculture Landscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To grow fresh organic food in the city to be distributed to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer urban farmers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local homeless populations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local food banks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local communities in need of fresh organic options </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Local farmer’s markets or other market opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other yields include </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Nursery” stock of important vegetation for SF climate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Waste diversion through heavy OM mulches </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Urban beautification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And more… </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. F U E L – How? <ul><li>Source then communicate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross reference two web resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create database of potential sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact property owners with form letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up email and phone for follow up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respond to opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Design then implement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate gardening teams to soil test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze water situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remediate, sheet mulch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant starts/trees </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. F U E L – How? <ul><li>Vacant lot database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vacant Infill site locator: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cross reference lot addresses with  this: </li></ul><ul><li>Owner dB: </li></ul><ul><li>Also: </li></ul>
  13. 13. F U E L – Who Benefits? <ul><li>- Free opportunity to utilize your land for community service     - Intention: to produce food on private vacant land     - Volunteer effort     - No cost     - Benefits for property owner        - Soil remediation = increase in property value        - Plants on site = potential increase in property value        - No cost for weed abatement        - Good press exposure for public service        - Increase in value of adjacent property values (in case they own)        - Improved community health        - Risk free     - No liability (community garden model) </li></ul><ul><li>    - $1 annual lease proposal     - 10 day (? Could be more, could be less) notice to remove all plants if owner decides to develop     property guaranteed by agreement    </li></ul><ul><li>- Specific request for next action - follow up phone call or email to     kick off the process </li></ul>
  14. 14. How Many?
  15. 15. F U E L – Let’s Get Started <ul><li>Get Address of Owner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click appropriate connection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E.g., Broadband Connection and then click “I understand the disclaimer - GO” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click –”Find Address or Intersection” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter property address of vacant lot and click “Click to Locate Address” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click on “Block/Lot Number e.g., 1228 013A” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Populate database with mailing address for property </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See example as follows </li></ul></ul>
  16. 29. Save FUEL db file or send to
  17. 30. Database
  18. 32. Sidewalks
  19. 33. Privately Owned Sidewalks <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Aquifer recharge </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Can be expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetation selection limited by conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Water access </li></ul>Resources:
  20. 34. Gleaning
  21. 35. Gleaning <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate if existing trees </li></ul><ul><li>Full utilization </li></ul><ul><li>If donated, legal on private land </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Community research </li></ul><ul><li>Harvests small at first </li></ul><ul><li>Violation of park code for parkland </li></ul>Resources: California Code Section 58501-58509 Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act
  22. 36. School Sites <ul><li>72 elementary and K-8 schools </li></ul><ul><li>13 middle schools </li></ul><ul><li>19 senior high schools </li></ul><ul><li>37 state-funded preschool sites </li></ul><ul><li>9 active charter schools authorized by the district </li></ul>
  23. 37. SFUSD <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Desire and need for maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Can take time </li></ul><ul><li>Water may or may not be available </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Access can be challenging </li></ul>Resources:
  24. 38. Backyards
  25. 39. Backyards
  26. 40. Privately Owned Backyards <ul><li>PRO </li></ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul><ul><li>Potential for “site control” </li></ul><ul><li>Water access </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity </li></ul><ul><li>Quickest </li></ul><ul><li>CON </li></ul><ul><li>Requires trust relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Access can be difficult </li></ul>Resources:
  27. 41. Ease of Site Implementation <ul><li>Liability considerations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal liability clauses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CA Civil Code 846 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Water </li></ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Community Organizing </li></ul>Resources:
  28. 42. Site Types – Comparison Table LAND Ease of Site (1-5) # of Potential Sites Backyards 1 60,000+* Street Parks 2 500 * Private Vacant Lots 4 952 Sidewalk landscaping 2 20,000+ * SFUSD 3 150 RPD 4-5 ?
  29. 43. Future… <ul><li>Mayor’s directive about surplus, vacant city property </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Likely public Fall 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>~ 60 acres, 40-50 sites of various size </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leasing RPD land </li></ul><ul><li>Community Orchard land-use designation </li></ul>
  30. 44. [email_address]