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Please email Jeffrey Betcher at Jeffrey [at] QuesadaGardens [dot] org, or call 415.602.8082

"For cultivating inspiration, it's hard to beat what Annette Smith and Karl Paige have achieved." Anh-Minh Le, San Francisco Cottages and Gardens Magazine, April/May 2015

"...though about half the homes on that first block of Quesada have changed residents since Annette Smith and Karl Paige planted those first collard greens, the spirit of neighborliness and safety they helped to foster has continued to grow, and bloom."  Jen Chien, KALW, May 2014

"Quesada Gardens Initiative turns urban blight into blooms."  Bill Picture, Bay Crossings, January 2014

"The key takeaway from Bayview-Hunters Point is not that a handful of gardens in a rough, underserved neighborhood are the solution to a food desert. Rather, it’s the need for a strong network of people." Bora Chang, GOOD Magazine, October 2013

"Adjacent neighborhoods are now imitating the Quesada model rather than looking for ways to bring in boutiques." David Thigpen, Huffington Post, August 26, 2013

"Quesada Avenue, the block once known as the most dangerous in the area, has been transformed completely and now serves as a hub of community life." Katherine Gustafson, yes! magazine, May 2012

"Surely there must be projects out there that approach gardening and farming as being more about the larger social purposes - community cohesion, skills building, empowerment, for example - than about the provision of food itself.... Quesada Avenue bloomed before me like an oasis in the desert." Katherine Gustafson, Change Comes to Dinner: How Vertical Farmers, Urban Growers, and Other Innovators are Revolutionizing How America Eats, St. Martin's Griffin, 2012

L'association de quartier Quesada Gardens Initiative oeuvre a resserrer le tissu social d'un quartier frappe par la violence, en incitant les residents a se retrouver pour jardiner ensemble. Dechire par les guerres de gangs, Hunters Point-Bayview s'enorgueillit desormais de 12 potagers prives connectes en reseau de voisinage et de 3 petits jardins florissants cultives sur des terrains publics ou ne poussaient naguere que des seringues et des preservatifs usages. Laetitia Mailhes, Les Echos, January 2, 2009

[The Quesada Gardens Initiative neighborhood association’s work has tightened the social fabric of a neighborhood hit by violence by encouraging residents to gather together for gardening. Torn by gang wars, Hunters Point-Bayview henceforth boasts 12 networked private gardens and three small gardens flourishing on public land in the neighborhood where syringes and used condoms once grew.] Laetitia Mailhes, Les Echos, January 2, 2009

"A success story in grassroots urban improvement..." Matthew Green, San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2008

“Wasteland turned into garden patch” John Upton, San Francisco Examiner, January 7, 2008.

“All the progress on this block is real and it’s visible....” SF Police Officer Kevin McPherson quoted by Pat Yollin in the San Francisco Chronicle July 18, 2006

“Garden transforms mean street,” Pat Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle July 18, 2006

“…a public act of hope and faith…”  Joan Ryan, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2004

“What made it work (on Quesada Avenue), it seems, is the underlying capacity of a few residents to take action and to sustain it.” Robert Sampson, quoted by Joan Ryan, San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2004

“It’s grassroots organizing in the most literal sense.” Pat Yollin, “A little bit of Eden in Bayview,” San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, 2004.

“Addicts and dealers did business there, vagrants urinated on doorsteps, and the median served as a dumping ground for everything from engine oil and beer bottles to garbage and brake pads.”  Pat Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2, 2003


“This is one of the streets my folks would tell me not to go on.” Dennis Hill (who grew up a few blocks away), quoted by Pat Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle, September 2, 2003

“…a city oasis where neighbors can create a real community…”  Kate Kelly, CBS 5

“…the neighbor concept coming full circle.”  Tricia O’Brian, Bayview Historian and Writer

“…there’s a transformation taking place on Quesada Avenue in the Bayview District!”  ABC 7

“…crime is down and neighbors cultivate friendship as well as flowers.”  Patricia Yollin, San Francisco Chronicle