Located in Cohen Alley in San Francisco, Tenderloin National Forest was created to address the lack of green space in the neighborhood, which is the densest of all the neighborhoods in San Francisco. It also has the highest proportion of families and a large immigrant population, along with the one of the lowest median family income.
The Forest is intended to be an inspiration and a model for others to attempt gardening in the inner city. People are welcome to come by the Forest to look, and if the gate is open when the gardeners are there, to see the plants and exchange ideas about forests and flora in the city.
The TNF was initiated by Sarah Lewison and her San Francisco State Art CityLab class on the Urban Laboratory, and contines to be created and implemented by the visions of a great many people in the neighborhood, but it is especially fostered and supported by the Luggage Store Gallery, directed by Darryl Smith and Laurie Lazer.
The TNF is always seeking donations of dirt. All dirt donations will be gratefully acknowledged and are tax deductible. All foreign dirt is accepted.