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Treasure Island Job Corps Center

Urban Farm Wins Local Award

Treasure Island's 1-acre urban farm project won the 2010 Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Award for Best Green Community Project, an award given by the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services.

Sponsored by the San Francisco General Services Agency and the Department of Emergency Management, NEN is a collaboration of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions whose goal is to empower neighborhoods to take leadership roles in transforming their community into cleaner, greener, healthier, and more inclusive places to live and work.

Job Corps San Francisco Regional Director Brian Daher, City Slicker Farms founder Willow Rosenthal, Treasure Island Job Corps Center urban farm coordinator Corey Block, Treasure Island Carpentry instructors Jack Reisner and Carlos White, and three carpentry students accepted the award from Mayor Gavin Newsom, multiple city supervisors, and several other dignitaries at a special awards ceremony.

This spring will be the start of the center's first production season, with fava beans, garlic, shallots, and sweet peas already in the ground. The center planted 10 citrus trees and is preparing to plant another 50 stone fruit trees, 15 apple and pear trees, as well as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, asparagus, and artichoke plants.

The urban farm at the Treasure Island Job Corps Center promotes healthy lifestyles and educates students about ecology, gardening, composting, and sustainable principles. When first conceptualized, the farm was expected to produce between 7,000 and 11,000 pounds of vegetables, 6,000 pounds of fruit and nuts, and more than 1,000 eggs annually for the center cafeteria and student-run restaurant. With so many seeds already in the ground for its first production season, the center is well on its way to reaching its goal.