This is a valentine to all you who are following the adventures of the Free Farm Stand. These days the stand is mostly sharing good vibes more than sharing good produce. During these skimpy times for produce and when things seem to run out faster, I feel really appreciative when, like this week, people show up with something to share. Robyn’s brother was driving up from L.A and brought a sack of lemons with him to bring to the stand. An older Chinese woman brought some lemons, someone else dropped by another big bag of them (have you guessed it is citrus time?), and towards the end a another neighbor dropped off the most fragrant limes from his backyard tree. A total of about 42 lbs of fruit. We also had a kale and collards from the Free Farm. And our favorite root to share right now, Yacón.
We can all learn a lesson from the recent non-violent revolutions in the past few weeks, that we the people have the power to transform our society. For example, we can create a world of sharing versus buying and selling, but we have to do it ourselves. We can make a shift from being merely consumers in a consumer oriented society, to caring for our neighbors and others in a family oriented world (where we look at strangers and neighbors as family). This may sound a bit too Lovey Dovey, but I believe for myself this is the way to live a good life.
My friend Antonio gave me a flier for a free event he will be talking at that sounded interesting “Underground Food Politics”: “With urban homesteading all the rage and backyard and vacant lot food production on the rise it appears we’re taking big steps toward encouraging self-sufficiency in the Bay Area.” They will be looking at how much of this food movement is focused on making sure everyone has access to local organic fresh food , what he calls food sovereignty and the idea of food security (and in my mind how much focus is there on making sure those in need get served) versus how much is thefood movement is focused on setting up small hip businesses that serve mainly those with money. He encouraged me to go to present my view, but these days I feel that the time for talk is not as important as is the time for us to act. The event is on Wednesday February 23 from 7:30pm-9:30pm at CounterPulse 1310 Mission Street at 9th.
Talk about action, I am trying to get the Esperanza Garden (on Florida near 19th St.) to really take off this year and grow more food for the stand. I think we have at least two “garden anchors” to help lead the garden crew this year and on Tuesday February 22 at noon until about 2pm there will be a garden cleanup and possible bed preparation. Please come out if you have the time or contact me to get more information how you can help.
Here is another thing you can go to:
Please join the San Francisco Urban Ag Alliance at the Planning Commission’s hearing to support the urban agriculture zoning proposal. We need as much support as possible! Wear green to identify yourself as a supporter; we’ll have stickers on hand as well. Here are the details:
Thursday, February 17th
City Hall, Room 400
1:00 PM – SFUAA supporters to meet up on steps of City Hall
1:30 PM – Hearing begins in Room 400
2:30 PM – Estimated time for our issue (could be a little earlier or later)
You are welcome to speak at the hearing but it’s not necessary, so please come whether you plan on speaking or not! For more information you can go here: http://www.sfuaa.org/. The zoning proposal would do two things: 1. Allow gardens – both non-commercial and commercial gardens – in more parts of SF 2. Allow people to sell the produce grown in their gardens.
I can’t say I am enthusiatic about people selling the produce they grow in their gardens, I think it is the wrong model, but still people should have the right to sell it if they want. This proposal also seems to affect people growing food and donating it, they have to follow the guidelines in the proposal.
The Free Farm is going strong and we have pretty much completed one greenhouse and the other one should be finished in a week. We will begin planting seeds probably this Wednesday. Please join us any Wednesday or Saturday from 10am-2pm (and the first Sunday of the month from 10am-noon).