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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Civic Center Extension for Slow Food Nation Victory Garden

Posted By on Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 8:18 AM

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Slow Food Nation's Victory Garden in Civic Center, from which 100 pounds of produce a week is currently being harvested (according to SFN founder Alice Waters), was just granted an extension to remain in place on-site until November. Organizers had planned to move it to a permanent location before the end of this month.

"By all accounts, this has been a wonderful installation for the city and has been a highly visible demonstration of our commitment to the issues embodied in how our food system operates," said Mayor Gavin Newsom in a press statement. "From protecting the environment, to supporting our local and regional economy, to ensuring we can provide access to wholesome, nutritious food for all San Franciscans, the Victory Garden has given us a powerful platform from which to make the case for more good, clean and fair food in this country."

The Victory Garden has had its detractors and critiques for being heavily guarded by security and not actually feeding the homeless who need it in the immediate area. But it is hopeful that San Francisco citizens will learn lessons of both community and just how easy it is to raise one's own food in these climes.

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