Little City Gardens is a small, urban farm in San Francisco’s Inner Mission, owned and cultivated by two urban farmers — Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway. They have recently raised $20,000 to obtain three-quarters of an acre in the Outer Mission to support their growing farm. They have been through many challenges and setbacks, which included dealing with old zoning laws that required them to obtain a conditional-use permit before they could sell anything they raise. They would have had to spend thousands of dollars to obtain the permit, but, thankfully, the city is loosening its rules this coming fall by changing the zoning codes. This change will allow small urban farms like the Little City Gardens to operate more easily in the city. Budner and Galloway should let out a sigh of relief and be able to continue to build upon their belief that urban farming should be a common livelihood in the country.
Budner and Galloway’s bigger parcel has undergone a major clean-up with the removal tall weeds and debris. A lot of tilling, digging, composting and preparing planting rows are happening almost on a daily basis. Soon, the blank canvas will become a masterpiece of vegetables and herbs.
For more information on their progress, visit their website at http://www.littlecitygardens.com/.