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Take a tour of Hayes Valley Farm

Located in the center of San Francisco, Hayes Valley Farm is an education and research project with a focus on urban agriculture. With its roots in Permaculture, the site which was previously an eyesore, has been turned into a living community hub where people come regularly to meet and connect with each other. Friends exchange food, recipes, stories and knowledge about ways we can all live in greater harmony with our surroundings. They are surrounded by an abundant and rich forest of food that encourages connection and understanding of the vital life systems that support human kind.

The project started less than 6 months ago but has moved in leaps and bounds. It is founded on an interim use agreement for a two to five year time frame – after which the city moves forward with other development plans for the site.

The vision includes three main goals:

  1. to create a successful, sustainable urban farm where community members can access healthy local food
  2. to serve as a model and a resource center for urban agriculture education and green job training
  3. to build community resiliency around local food production

David Stockhausen, a former PRI Australia intern, is teaching Permaculture Bootcamp at the site on July 11.

David & the project was featured on our Confessions of a Permaculture Aid Worker Podcast recently.


  1. Aloha! Thanks so much for the kind words. Our class was pretty amazing, and I love to see/hear what your all up to. Any updates from the rest of the crew?

  2. Nice idea, but is it good to plant vegetables too close to (in the middle of) traffic? (exhaust fumes, dust, …)

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