We are located at 1399 43rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Our mission is to create a productive urban farm in our neighborhood, provide educational resources for Sunset Youth Services and the greater San Francisco community and improve and maintain St. Paul’s grounds so that they can be a source of pride for everyone who lives and works by Ocean Beach.
This project started as the brain child of Doug Jacuzzi, better known as DJ, a longtime Outer Sunset resident and owner of Soularch Designs. DJ approached Karla Lindgren, of St. Paul’s Presbyterian church, with an offer to take responsibility for the improvement of the Church’s grounds in exchange for the opportunity to develop the land into a community garden space. DJ put his considerable skills and knowledge to use and designed a garden that will make efficient, and accessible use of the roughly 2500 square feet of open space on St. Paul’s grounds. The design calls for 12 raised beds to serve as garden plots, with plenty of communal planting space, ornamental flourishes such as native succulents and trees, a hothouse, shed, and water catchment and composting systems. The church has graciously invited us to realize this vision on their property.
In the Spring of 2013, we first invited Sunset Youth Services to bring kids to the garden for educational programs. We love it when a group from SYS makes the trip up the street to get their hands dirty in the garden and learn about how to care for the land and grow their own food. SYS has a program at their center where students learn to cook for themselves, so the two projects dovetail to provide a balanced and in depth practical education for the youth of SYS. In the summer of 2014 we hosted a shop safety, design thinking, and woodworking course for students from Lick-Wilmerding Aim High that produced the informational kiosk that now welcomes visitors to the garden.
In December of 2013 we were accepted into the San Francisco Parks Alliance Park Partners program. In October of 2014 we were recognized by San Francisco Beautiful and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with a Beautification Award, and in January of 2015 the Neighborhood Empowerment Network named us a Best Green Community Project.
We hope to continue adding educational programming, and host field trips and workshops at the garden for students of all ages. We've already enjoyed classes on bicycle repair, composting, pottery, ukelele and more.
Ultimately the garden's purpose is to bring all kinds of people together to share St. Paul’s space. We have work parties in the garden on the first Saturday and third Sunday of every month which are open to the public. And we look forward to sharing many bountiful harvests with everyone in the neighborhood.