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Save the Gardens

The Quesada Gardens Initiative in Bayview is run by a group of community members who take care of more than 35 garden projects around the neighborhood, including the Bridgeview Garden. The group has an annual budget of $168K through government grants (and a slew of volunteers who help out), but that cash may soon dry up. "Even if it dried up tomorrow, I don't think we'll go away," Jeff Betcher, co-founder of the Quesada Gardens. "Too many people are invested in it." Under new grant rules community members would have to pitch in their own cash to help fund the projects, which isn't as easy as it sounds. "If these spaces are not used for gardens, they would be a dumping ground or an eyesore," said Mohammed Nuru, director of Public Works. [SF Examiner/photo via San Francisco Parks Trust]