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San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance

Pros: Promoting and supporting green schoolyards
Cons: As state education budgets shrink, school environments deteriorate
Best For: Providing outdoor learning spaces one school at a time

San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance

Asphalt, concrete and chain link fences once defined most urban San Francisco schoolyards, that is until San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance set out to change things up by designing gardens and aesthetic communal spaces on school grounds. Formed in 2001, the list of campuses benefiting from creative outdoor learning spaces and garden beds for flowers and vegetables, keeps growing.

SFGSA gives kids an opportunity to plant, cultivate and most recently through a partnership with CUESA (Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture) sell their plants and produce at the Ferry Building Saturday Farmers Market. This brilliant new project is called Schoolyard To Market.

How do the children benefit from the greening of their outdoor spaces? The answer is, in many ways, both practical and spiritual. A great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction can be achieved by planting, tending to and harvesting a carrot, or picking flowers for a school event bouquet, or for someone special on Mother's Day.

San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance
Office: 135 Van Ness Ave. Room 408
San Francisco, 94102
Phone: Rachel Pringle, Programs Manager 415.355.6979 x1566
To learn more, make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer your time in helping to create thriving outdoor classrooms: