USF Garden Project

Field Trip: Garden for the Environment
October 14, 2008, 5:42 pm
Filed under: trips

In the center of this bustling city of San Francisco lies a small organic garden that manages to survive, despite the city’s difficult climate and soil.  I felt that this excursion was very informative, not only about the history of the garden itself, but it also showed me ways that we could improve our garden since they are geographically close (and therefore an easier reference for microclimates, soil and rainfall than just our textbook).

I felt really inspired by the cob oven and I’d like to see that reproduced in our outdoor kitchen.  Plus the use of raised beds over plants seems like an efficient use of our limited space.

This trip really ties into our garden and by learning how they deal with local situations we can use their experiences (good and bad) to help the USF Garden.  I felt very informed concerning the soil: how to reduce pollution with raised beds, how local sandy soil doesn’t hold water or nutrients well and finally about composting using hot boxing or red wiggler worms.

Overall I enjoyed this excursion because it taught me to really observe the garden, as well as giving me a chance to assist the organization by weeding.  For more information check out their website at  


-Susanne Umbenhower




















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