The Tenderloin People’s Community Garden
This garden has become an inspiration for all types of inner city gardening, a true example of turning a lump of coal into a diamond.
The Tenderloin neighborhood is one of the only neighborhoods in San Francisco without a full service grocery store, making access to fresh, affordable food a daily struggle for the many poor and low-income residents.
This effort began in 2010 with the transformation of a once vacant lot near City Hall into a vibrant and vital community garden. Over 380 resident volunteers of diverse ages and ethnicities have joined together to grow food and strengthen their community. The land is owned by the City and leased to TNDC. To date, the project has produced hundreds of pounds of produce to distribute to Tenderloin residents for free, an impressive yield for a 25 foot square garden plot. Produce includes broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, cabbage, corn, red and green tomatoes, and ornamentals. Volunteers have also contributed plants that reflect their own tastes and cultures, including bok choy, mint leaves, and Chinese melon.
“We learned that, just like us, vegetables are not grown up in one day”;
“We need to work hard and care about the garden and need to wait, and we and the plants will grow up together”;
“We learned to be patient and work hard and we will have a good harvest.”
Learn more about the Tenderloin People’s Community Garden at www.tndc.org/our-services/community-garden/
There is always work to be done at the garden; volunteers are welcome.