Friday, February 23, 2007

Draft Designs for Food-Producing Garden at Bridgeview

For years, residents like Joel, Mary and Bill have cared for a vacant lot in the Bayview on the corner of Newhall and Bridgeview. When they saw what their neighbors were doing at the Quesada Garden less than a block away, they thought: What if the neighbors behind the Quesada Gardens Initiative supported the Bridgeview residents to transform the lot into a garden, and helped maintain it over time as a place for the community to come together?

That idea is now a reality! The Bridgeview neighbors began working together with the Quesada Gardens Initiative, and talking about a good, community-defined use for the lot.

Architecture and Community Design students, led by Professor Seth Wachtel from the University of San Francisco, were already working with the Quesada Gardens Initiative on a residential urban farming project, and immediately volunteered to help neighbors develop design schemes that will enhance the community. Their work is pictured.

Early this year, San Francisco Parks Trust awarded the Quesada Gardens Initiative an Innovator Award to begin the development of the lot. Now, QGI is pursuing new funding to further involve residents, especially young people, in growing critically-needed, healthy produce for Bayview Hunters Point markets.

We are VERY interested in hearing about your ideas for the project. Please respond to this post, or email

1 comment:

Shane said...

It should come as no surprise (since I am Mr. retaining wall) that
I want to restate that due to the steep slope there will need to be retaining walls and terracing. This will greatly increase the efficiency of watering and make a much more pleasant and safe work environment.