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Panorama view of the MY Farm site

MY Farm at Mission HS Benefits Students and Residents

01/15/14

Mission High School, Friends of SF Environment and architecture firm EHDD recently teamed up to transform 7,900 square feet of concrete and asphalt into Mission Youth (MY) Farm, an urban farm that now provides students with learning opportunities and the community with fresh, locally grown produce.

As a learning space, MY Farm acts as a bridge between classroom lessons and practical skills—students can learn about a plant’s life cycle in biology class and then see it unfold in real time throughout the year or use their economics knowledge to run a farm stand. Students will not only learn about sustainability, gardening, and the local food movement, but also how to engage with both community-based organizations and with community members.

Mission High already has nearly 50 partnerships with community-based organizations, local businesses and colleges, and adding MY Farm aims to benefit the surrounding neighborhood as well as Mission High students. The rain garden improves the community’s water supply, and the farm itself provides a much-needed green space to the area.

The design of MY Farm—pro bono work by EHDD—took the purposes of MY Farm into account. As an outdoor classroom it is ADA accessible, and the farming space is large enough to produce enough to supply produce to the school cafeteria, the student-run farm stand, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box, and local grocery store Bi-Rite.

MY Farm is overseen by a full-time garden coordinator, who runs the programming, with funding secured by Mission High School’s principal and community school coordinator.

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