Below is the text for a press release that went out this morning:
SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is launching San Francisco’s first Urban Agriculture Program that will advocate urban agriculture and coordinate all related activities citywide. The Program will manage and support SF Rec and Park’s community gardens as well as expand its coordination to other similar projects on public properties. In addition, the goal of the program includes establishing urban agriculture resource centers, and streamlining application and wait list processes for community gardens and developing new urban farming projects.
“In 2012, my office authored the legislation to mandate the creation of the first citywide Urban Agriculture Program that includes a strategic planning process for sustainable urban farming,” said David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “We are confident that SF Rec and Park in partnership with SFUAA and SPUR will provide resources and tools for San Franciscans to successfully develop urban agriculture growth in our City.”
“SF Rec and Park supports and manages more than 36 community gardens citywide where people come together to share their commitment and passion for sustainable urban farming,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are pleased to be leading the City’s efforts in advancing urban agriculture.”
“The launch of the City’s new urban agriculture program is an exciting and important milestone in its effort to reach the goals articulated in the 2012 urban agriculture legislation,” said Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). “Hannah’s extensive experience working with urban farmers and gardeners in San Francisco will be a great asset to the City as it works to reach those goals.”
“The SFUAA is excited that the City of San Francisco is supporting urban agriculture and we can’t wait to see the new Program succeed. We look forward to working with Hannah on the implementation of the new legislation and building awareness around the importance of urban agriculture within our communities.” said Stephanie Goodson, the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA) Co-Coordinator.
In order to coordinate such efforts citywide, the Urban Agriculture Program will include an Urban Agriculture Program coordinator, a position currently held by Hannah Shulman. Hannah has spent several years working in community organizing through the lens of agriculture. She recently was a garden educator with BiRite, Garden for the Environment, and Urban Sprouts’ partnership with the Juvenile Probation Department. Prior to this, Hannah coordinated an urban farmers’ advocacy group in Philadelphia as well as managed a program that collaborated with prison inmates, community gardeners, and food pantries to address food security. She currently is the Director of Operations for Farmgirl Flowers.
“I’m honored and excited to work with the people of San Francisco to grow both green spaces and community in this role,” said Hannah Shulman.
Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Growth and Structure of Cities with an Environmental Studies concentration from Haverford College and studied at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. Previously, she was the coordinator of the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance.