The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden.
Our community garden sits on the land of the former Diana Street Farm, the last operating farm in San Francisco, which was still operating as recently as the late 1980s. The one-acre lot sits atop a Caltrain tunnel and is surrounded by single-family homes and a dense population of diverse residents, including many Asians. Site features include an urban cul de sac, staircase and views of Candlestick Park and San Bruno Mountain.
The land has been made a community site through an agreement between AsianWeek Foundation and CalTrain. Portions of the site are planned to be developed for housing as part of a long-term sustainability plan for the community garden and the neighborhood.
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The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden is a community garden for all San Franciscans, based in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Since being established in 2014 we have become one of the city’s largest urban farms. Our community garden brings together a network of community groups and residents around policy issues of environmental sustainability and cultural diversity, and healthy living activities and wholesome eating practices.
The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden was started with a focus on serving Asian immigrants who have limited English proficiency, and also to share Asian gardening culture with all San Franciscans. We seek to improve food security, increase healthy eating and healthy activities, practice natural farming techniques, improve the environment, support neighborhood economic opportunity; and increase social connectedness within and between communities of color. The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden expands the community’s food sovereignty through food sources consistent with cultural identities, involving community networks that promote self-reliance and mutual aid.
Our garden is a living showcase for sharing gardening design, techniques and plantings that reflect Asian heritage and the local Asian American community. The one-acre plot is in the Bayview District in the southeast part of San Francisco.
Founding Community Partner: Quesada Gardens Initiative.
Founded by the AsianWeek Foundation.
Ground breaking: April 17, 2014.
The Florence Fang Asian Community Garden serves over 100 regularly participating families and has been grown through the loving and hard work of hundreds of additional volunteers. Participants come from all backgrounds and ages. Most regular gardeners are limited-English-proficient Chinese immigrant women seniors, while most volunteers come from youth and professional groups.
The garden’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood is among the lowest income and most underserved in San Francisco where health disparities are among the highest. One of the major demographic shifts in the area is that Asians are now the largest population group. In 2010, the area’s supervisorial district was 37% Asian, 23% white and 20% African American, with a 21% Latino population.
Garden Manager: Johnny Chen
Resident Gardener: Faheem Carter
Florence Fang immigrated to San Francisco in 1960 with her husband John T. C. Fang. She devoted her life to raising her three sons – James, Teddy and Douglas – and to contributing to her new home city of San Francisco, and her adopted country of the United States.
Mrs. Fang and her family opened a successful local printing business and became publishers of major newspapers in San Francisco including the Young China Daily News, AsianWeek, Mission Life, The Independent Newspaper Group, and the San Francisco Examiner. Mrs. Fang and her family also operated Chinatown’s largest restaurant and became prominent leaders in the community.
Among her many public service roles, Mrs. Fang has served on the National U.S. Small Business Commission, California Commission on the Status of Women, and the San Francisco Film Commission. As a result of her own life experiences, Ms. Fang has particularly focused her life on education and American and Chinese cultural exchange.
Volunteer at our garden!
Join us any Saturday morning 10 am - 1 pm, to weed, plant, dig, and grow the garden. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. When you arrive, ask for garden manager Johnny Chen or resident gardener Faheem Carter.
You can also support us with your volunteer services outside the garden! We need services in all areas from general administration, to marketing, to light construction.
For more information on volunteering, please fill out the form on the side and we will get right back to you!
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Help us build a vibrant community hub that promotes health living, cultural diversity and social engagement. We welcome any and all contributions to the garden. Thank you.
AARP AAPI Hero Finalist Johnny Chen is a Staff Community Garden Manager for the Florence Fang Asian Community Garden in San Francisco. Johnny asks: “How else can we help seniors contribute to the community?"
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