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Our mission is to cooperatively create communities that are ecologically, socially, and culturally in balance.
Our model is to facilitate projects that the community builds together, while also serving as hands-on educational workshops demonstrating sustainable living skills like ecological gardening, natural building, nature awareness, animal husbandry, solar cooking, gray-water use, rain catchment, soap making, cheese making, fermentation and more.
It is our belief that people learn by experience and we want to provide the opportunities for people to experience the ecology of San Francisco and the interconnectedness of people, plants, animals, fungi, the physical environment and the many natural cycles and processes that support life on earth.
Our main project right now is the School Farm, an experiential learning and production farm at the School of the Arts and the Academy of Arts and Science high school in San Francisco.
The project centers around a sunny ¼ acre space that is planted with organic farm rows, a fruit tree orchard, native habitat, a plant nursery, and chickens in an earthen chicken coop. The farm and orchard will supply fresh, healthy organic food to the school while educating students and the community about urban agriculture and local food systems. ECOSF helps facilitate the students and the community to cooperatively build the infrastructure of learning facilities demonstrating natural building techniques and appropriate technology.
The School Farm, sits on the rim of Glen Canyon, one of the City's largest natural areas, and at the headwaters of Islais Creek, one of the last free flowing creeks in the city that once collected water from a huge area and flowed into the bay at Islais Landing.
We host a monthly event called Bakers Alley, which is a free, monthly, outdoor community gathering hosted by ECOSF and located at the School Farm that combines a community pot luck and wood fired pizza making in an earth oven with hands-on workshops in sustainable living and urban homesteading skills.
Every month, either on a Saturday or a Sunday, ECOSF invites the community out for a beautiful day at the School Farm to learn, eat, meet, and be merry.
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