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25 neighbors want more Heart of the City Farmers Market days in Civic Center.

Heart of the City Farmers' Market is a farmer-operated non-profit farmers market located in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It was created thirty years ago to bring high-quality and reasonably priced produce from small local farms to the heart of the San Francisco's urban low-income communities, as well as to support and sustain California's small-scale family growers. We are an independent non-profit that is run by its farmers, many of whom have been here since the market first opened. Our mission is to bring healthy food and nutrition education outreach to a "food desert" that lacks a grocery store. Over 80% of food stamps used at San Francisco farmers markets are used here. To keep stall fees low so prices stay affordable, our market operates on a shoestring budget and we are fondly known as "The People's Market" for our diversity and small, grassroots organization structure that feels more like a family than a business. 

Since the market's first day in 1981, we've been committed to helping to create a healthy Heart of the City. We conduct nutrition education outreach workshops and market tours with local schools, after-school programs, and supportive housing communities, partner with local community health organizations to make health resources available at the market, and our farmers donate more than 1,200 pounds of produce each market day for free distribution to the neighborhood's poorest residents. 

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Eckhart Beatty
Rene Rodriguez
Michael Huang
Christina B Castro
Cecilia C.
Sida Li
michelle nguyen
Kurt Oaklee
Tom K.
Jack Al-kahwati


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An update on Civic Center Health and Cleanliness Pilot Program from the City Administrator:


SF Civic Center focus of urgent, coordinated cleanup effort

In San Francisco, checking out a book from the Main Library, attending a Symphony concert or going to City Hall for a marriage license can mean confronting some of the most egregious examples of the city's drug and homelessness problems. For years, Civic Center has been a grim showcase for the city's worsening heroin and...

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Posted Aug 3, 2017
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With up to 9,000 units of housing expected to be built within the boundaries of San Francisco’s burgeoning Hub District, which is off-centered around the intersection of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the plan to guide the development of the neighborhood’s “Public Realm” (i.e., all the space between the buildings and towers) has been drafted.

The Draft Public Realm Plan sets forth the vision for how the neighborhood’s streets, alleys and open spaces could be designed, with specific recommendations for which streets, alleys and open spaces should be redesigned and a host of design strategies and examples.

See SF Planning's draft plan here:


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Posted Mar 7, 2017
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Caring for our Civic Center
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 5:00pm - 7pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street

Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas. A panel discussion will follow led by Project for Public Spaces’ Senior Vice President Ethan Kent and featuring Mary McCue of MJM Management and Tyrone Mullins of Green Streets. This dialogue will showcase best practices for improving and managing public spaces by examining case studies from around the country. Examples from Detroit, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco will be presented in order to discuss topics including best practices for activation, stewardship, and stakeholder engagement in public spaces that serve many different populations.

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Caring For Our Civic Center: Best Practices For Great Public Space | Hoodline

Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas, and a panel discussion about its future.

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Joseph Thomas

U.N. Plaza was designed as a public throughfare, and as such makes a very poor marketplace.
Civic Center Plaza is the logical place for all public events. It just sits there unused and unappreciated most of the time. Then it's rented out for private events. Public land for public use!

International Eco-Village -Solar/wind powered demonstration project in Civic Center featuring a permanent Farmer’s Market, local and international handicrafts, and a Community Stage. This might even attract enough people to support the food trucks, who could circle the Plaza endlessly, like sharks, never sleeping.....

Posted Nov 15, 2014
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NOM-TBD sponsors UN PLAZA stakeholders meeting today at UC Hastings 4 - 5PM

Posted Mar 25, 2014
Mar 26, 2014

If there are more "crafts" markets, I would like to see them be true crafts markets, like the women who crochet those great animal hats even! People who make their own jewelry, not just buy and sell it.

What is there now is nothing more than a re-sellers market for those who buy with a tax exempt ID number and just re-sell at flea markets and apparently the "crafts" fair that is in UN Plaza now.

A once per month gathering of street vendors all in one place would be nice.

Posted by Terrrie on Mar 26, 2014
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