We began with a few questions. What is Emerald City? How do we create the world we want to live in? What are the traits we think our heroes will need?

Our mentors, Senegalese artist Charles Dabo, and Yoruba Priestess and author Luisah Teish, offered wisdom and passionate guidance as we explored traditional African Rites of Passage, creating our own heroes.

Starhawk wrote about it earlier this year on her blog, Dirt Worship.

We started by asking, “What are the problems in your community?  Who would you have to be to solve them?  What kind of superheroes would we need, and who are our role models?”  General agreement—grandmothers are the s/heroes!

With hard work and support, the empty space began to transform into a dynamic and healthy garden and vibrant community gathering space.

Just like Charles explained it would on that very first day!

Week 11 – A new garden on the fence line is started.

Week 17 – Six weeks later… wow!

Last Day

Greenhouse Before and After:






As we continue, we find amazing members of our community who are eager to support the project. How can you help? We would like to continue to expand the garden with more plants and trees in pots and larger containers, more mulch and maybe some gravel, and there are dreams of finishing the boardwalk out of palettes, and building a pagoda, an outdoor kitchen, a fully-stocked tool shed, and a small aquaponics demonstration. Any of that stuff would be great! Otherwise, if you’d like to help this project move forward, you can make a tax-deductible donation, or send a check earmarked “Bayview Project” to our fiscal sponsor, Alliance of Community Trainers:

PO Box 1286
Austin, TX 78767-1286

I’d like to thank Miss Jackie and Naomi from Hunters Point Family for lending us tools and so much more, Charles from Earth Activist Training for teaching us how to repair our tools, Ethan, a recent graduate of the Urban Permaculture Institute in San Francisco for our new Pomegranate Tree, and also Martha Childress from Oasis for this really cool self-watering container. And one more big thank you to all of my friends and fellow farmers at Hayes Valley Farm for Emerald City’s New Greenhouse. Check out this time lapse of Mouse and I putting it together one afternoon in the garden.

Thank you so much for your support!


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