Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway are the guerrilla green thumbs behind Little City Gardens, a cherry tomato-sized urban farm in the Mission. Simultaneously a small salad mix business, a hub of food/community positivity, and what the farmers themselves call "a working model of food production in [the city]," Little City Gardens hooks up Bar Tartine
and several local caterers with greens (delivered, quite awesomely, on foot and by bike), offers tours, conducts workshops, and generally keeps it as real as water, soil, sun, and fat, writhing earthworms.
Budner and Galloway are fixing to move their operation to more spacious digs in a few months -- stay tuned for details. In the meantime, get to Bar Tartine (561 Valencia at 16th St.) and try all 25 of the herbs and lettuces Little City grows, in one well-dressed heap. Once spring rolls around, you'll be able to buy into their CSA once more. For now, as winter rains run rivulets through our gray city, hop online and check out the Little City Gardens blog
. Monday's entry (courtesy of Budner) on an idealistic vision of the state of farming and food in 2050 distills the urban farmers' mission much better than our paraphrasing. We'll leave you with a taste:
Farming is acknowledged widely as a creative art form. An art form that is guided by the efficiency of recycling resources, rather than the efficiency dictated by the market economy. Farmers are understood as designers who learn to observe ecosystems and to craft complementary agricultural techniques.