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Welcome to quesada gardens

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History

In 2002 Annette Smith and Karl Paige started planting flowers in front of their houses in the long-neglected, palm-tree-lined median strip that runs the length of the 1700 block of Quesada Avenue in San Francisco's Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. When they started their work the 1700 block of Quesada, like much of the neighborhood around it, was plagued by poverty, addiction, isolation, and violence. By 2006 Karl and Annette with the help of several neighbors inspired by their tireless effort and seemingly boundless generosity, the entire length of the median was transformed from blight, crime, weeds, and garbage to a bountiful vegetable and flower garden that continues to serve as a focal point for community members from every background to gather, work together, and celebrate. As an organization we are committed to continuing Karl and Annette's work of building community through gardening and doing what we can to end the racist attitudes and policies that created the conditions in the neighborhood that this garden grew out of. Karl passed away in 2007 and Annette moved off the block in 2009, but their vision and labor lives on in the showcase garden they created and taught us to care for.