SAN FRANCISCO HOES ALIOTO PIAZZA INTO VICTORY GARDEN – PRODUCE TO FEED THE HUNGRY

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San Francisco’s Latest Victory
Photo by Bill Wilson © 2008

BY PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2008

An old but great idea was revived this month as victory vegetables flourish toward the sun across from San Francisco City Hall.

A Victory Garden, this time emblematic of victory over hunger, after a quick re-hoeing of Joseph L. Alioto Piazza, known as Civic Center Plaza when victory vegies first sprouted during the World War II era.

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San Francisco City Hall facing Civic Center Victory Garden
of the 1940s

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In 2008, good food guru Alice Walters prevailed on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to convert Alioto Piazza landscape to nourish the hungry, new landscape tended by Slow Food Nation.

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Piazza prepared for rebirth
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Alice Walters, right, and Jennifer Siebel bring lettuce to Piazza
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More than 150 people brought, or quickly developed, green thumbs as they finalized planting.

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Jennifer Siebel and Mayor Newsom
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Alice Walters encourages youth
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Victory Garden Project Manager John Bela
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Newson senior staffers Dan Homsey, left, and Wade Crowfoot
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Volunteers were treated to a banquet of their own making.

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Labor Day Weekend will celebrate harvesting of tomatoes and and beans, from among the garden including cabbage and other natural, fresh treats for donation to charities.

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See Related: MEMORIES OF A HOME VICTORY GARDEN

See Related: BILL WILSON PHOTO ALBUM FOR THE SIEBEL NEWSOMS – A COMPILATION OF MEMORIES

See Related: JENNIFER SIEBEL – A CONVERSATION WITH SEAN MARTINFIELD

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past eleven years. Pat scribes an offbeat opinion column of the human family. Email Pat Murphy at SanFranciscoSentinel@yahoo.com.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photojournalist
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and Bay Area media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past four years. Email Bill Wilson at wfwilson@sbcglobal.net.

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