Community gardens to take root in Oceanview neighborhood

The first of three community gardens planned in the Oceanview neighborhood will take root Wednesday.

The new edible garden will be located on the corner of Brotherhood Way and Arch Street, an area that’s lacking accessibility to grocery stores with fresh fruits and vegetables, according to city officials.

The garden, named Sisterhood Farms, is expected to include planting beds, available for both individuals and groups, seating areas, an orchard and the construction of an outdoor classroom.

Construction on the other two edible community gardens in District 11 will begin later this year. Crocker Farm will be located east of Crocker Amazon Park’s soccer fields on Geneva Avenue, and a garden on Geneva and Delano avenues is planned to start construction by the end of the summer.

Funding for the project was acquired through a $150,000 grant from the San Francisco Environment Carbon Fund as well as $150,000 from Mayor Ed Lee’s 2015-2016 budget.

Public Works will take on the first phase of the project, which includes grading, paths, and other infrastructure. Once that phase is finished by early summer, community volunteers can begin building planting beds and compost bins, and planting trees and vegetables.

“As a supervisor serving an underserved part of The City, I am thrilled that our long-term community development efforts are resulting in more vibrant neighborhoods, greater connections among residents, and beautiful unifying projects like Sisterhood Farms on Brotherhood Way,” Avalos said.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the community garden will take place Wednesday from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

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