Treasure Island Job Corps Center in San Francisco is building a one-acre community urban farm. The farm will provide organic food for students, staff, and community members while also promoting healthy lifestyles and educating students about ecology, gardening, composting and sustainable principles.
Ultimately, the urban farm is expected to produce an estimated annual yield of 7,000 to 11,000 pounds of vegetables, 6,000 pounds of fruit and nuts, and more than 1,000 eggs.
Treasure Island will use the produce in the center cafeteria and student-run restaurant, and it hopes to start supplying the produce to restaurants in the San Francisco area that could become future employers of Treasure Island culinary graduates.
Way to go, Treasure Island! Other centers such as Denison, Shreveport, and Sacramento Job Corps centers have plans to build organic gardens as well. We look forward to hearing about their progress in the coming months.