Hayes Valley Farm: A Top Urban Park

Posted On: March 29, 2011
By: ffdadmin

Hayes Valley Farm is a spot in Hayes Valley that is near and dear to my heart since my daughter spends time there on a regular basis with one of her after school programs. She has brought home a few vegetables that she helped to grow at the farm, and we’ve enjoyed them as a part of our dinner. I grew up suburban – not urban – so it makes me glad to see her participate in a program that helps her understand food comes from farms, not supermarkets.

Sunset Magazine recently published their list of the “Top 10 Urban Parks” in America, and I’m thrilled to say that two parks in San Francisco made the list.  As  you might have guessed by now, one of the winners on Sunset’s list is Hayes Valley Farm! From their article, the describe it as:

Plunked down on what used to be a freeway off-ramp,Hayes Valley Farm is the urban equivalent of the back-to-the-earth experience you used to have to drive to. Just a block from a strip of boutiques, city farmers are growing kale, snap peas, and beets. Drop by to learn composting or take a yoga class. Free yoga; soil classes from $25; 450 Laguna St.

The website for Hayes Valley Farm, which lists all of their upcoming programs, activities, and opportunities to be involved can be found at www.hayesvalleyfarm.com.

Congratulations to all of the fine folks at Hayes Valley Farm who managed to turn an oddly configured plot of former freeway into a rich and wonderful neighborhood resource. Current “drop-in” volunteer hours are every Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm.

And after an exhausting day of urban farming, be sure to take advantage of all of the great spots in Hayes Valley to grab a bite to eat, have a cup of coffee, or just enjoy watching the people wander past.