more about little city gardens

posted March 8, 2010

The latest project of Brooke Budner, our tireless artist and an accomplished young farmer.
Brooke just wrote an article about the project for Civil Eats.

Little City Gardens: Growing an Urban Micro-Farm
March 2nd, 2010 By Brooke Budner

A year ago, my business partner, Caitlyn Galloway, and I started Little City Gardens. We grow salad greens, braising greens, and culinary herbs in the heart of San Francisco, which we sell to a restaurant, caterers, and individual subscribers. Little City Gardens is a lot of things: a market-garden, a small business struggling to succeed, and an experiment in the viability of urban micro-farming. We started the business with a desire to apply ourselves to the redesign of our local foodshed. We wanted to grow produce in the city and sell it. And, crucially, we wanted to be paid for our work.

When we started in the spring of 2009, the economy had crashed and was declining and our employment opportunities seemed scarce. Very few urban farming jobs existed in San Francisco and the slim pickings were between garden educator and edible landscaper positions. We wanted to manage a farm, build soil, test crop rotations, and develop relationships with customers. We determined that our most exciting option was to see if we could create exactly the urban farming jobs that we wanted for ourselves. Generating one’s own employment seemed challenging but timely.

you can read the full piece HERE

While we’re at it, don’t forget their kickstarter campaign – 57 days to go!