If only every empty lot in every urban area in every U.S. city looked like Alemany Farm, 4.5 acres of formerly abandoned land (where neighbors used to toss their junk) that is now a thriving urban farm...
Although we live in the Bay Area, we'd never heard of Alemany Farm (located near Bernal Heights) until we read an article about it in the San Francisco Chronicle.
It's got a tumultuous past, and relies completely on the work of volunteers, but it appears to function perfectly — providing nutritious food to nearby residents, a gathering location for neighbors, and a place for young kids to learn about urban farming and volunteerism.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom apparently has plans to turn many more empty lots in San Francisco into farms, as part of his new sustainable food policy. If they turn out to be anything like Alemany Farm, that can only be a good thing.
Image: Paul Chinn / The Chronicle