Curran House Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Roof Top Garden
September 20, 2013|
Tenderloin Residents are Growing a Healthier Community
On September 19th, TNDC residents of Curran House Family Housing celebrated the one year anniversary of their urban rooftop garden. Since the garden opened last year, residents have grown and harvested more than 400 pounds of fresh vegetables.
To commemorate the occasion, residents organized the “Growing Healthy Communities” rooftop garden anniversary event to showcase the garden, as well as provide healthy eating and living resources for tenants.
Participating organizations and agencies include the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition, Leah’s Pantry, Department of Public Health, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Champions for Change, SF Food Bank, Department of Elections, Recreation and Parks Department, Central City SRO Collaborative, and the AAIMS Project catered the event with healthy food.
Both Supervisor Jane Kim and Bevan Dufty, Director of Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE) were in attendance, as well as TNDC resident leaders, and other members of the Tenderloin community. Residents of Curran House led tours of the roof top garden, and shared information on the importance of fresh food.
“The opportunity to eat fresh food makes the Curran House garden a wonderful asset. We the tenants, are harvesting more than just food, we are harvesting good health and nutrition in a food desert, which is unheard of in most places,” says Rene McIntyre, resident of Curran House and musical artist.
More than just an anniversary party, residents organized a community resource fair and partnered with several City agencies and nonprofit organizations to promote awareness of the growing Food Justice movement.
“Food Justice is the notion that access to healthy, fresh, and affordable food is an essential right to people. The constantly expanding localized healthy food movement unfortunately tends to price out those with limited financial resources. In order to address this issue TNDC’s Resistance Sprouts Gardens empowers residents to grow their own food on rooftops in their buildings. By doing so, residents have been able to directly access fresh food while becoming more aware of our local food system,” Ryan Thayer, TNDC Community Organizer: Food Justice