About

The Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council began a recycling center in a school yard to help clean up the neighborhood in the late 1960’s.  They did it because there was no place to recycle and trash in the natural areas was getting out of hand.  They moved to 2/3 acre of land in Golden Gate Park in the early 1970’s.  The land is located next to Kezar Stadium (first home to the 49ers) and had previously been used as a train yard and a press parking lot.  A native plant nursery was started in the space alongside composting, cooking oil recycling and an active free exchange shelf.  A community garden serving 100 gardeners was also implemented when the city began its effort to evict the center and install a garden at a cost of $250,000 to the taxpayers.  Ultimately, the center pioneered the efforts to make San Francisco a green town.  That accomplishment was not enough to deter a strong NIMBY effort to blame them for the homeless problem in the area and launch a campaign with the city to kick them out.  This film chronicles that fight.