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  • The Phoenix Garden is a permaculture garden converted from a barren and degraded seven-acre site at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center (YSC). The overarching goal of the Phoenix Garden is to transform the site into a resilient and regenerative permaculture oasis serving youth and families participating in court-ordered probation department programs, the foster care system, and families in need of mental health services.

    This amazing project was started by the South Bay Permaculture Meet-Up in February 2016, when they helped to plant a 100 tree fruit orchard. They’re coming back to help plant an understory to the orchard for the beginnings of a food forest in addition to doing some sheet mulching and clearing of some plants in inopportune places. This is a wonderful seven acre site in need of a lot of TLC and is one of the group’s signature projects.

    Our Story

    In 2006 two permaculture students created the outline of what would become the Phoenix Garden on a barren and degraded seven-acre site at San Mateo County’s Youth Services Center (YSC). Under the patient leadership of Toni DeMarco, one of those students and a therapist at the YSC, the Garden finally began to take shape last year when we planted 100 fruit trees that created the foundation of a food forest that will be there for generations to come.

  • You can be a part of this incredible project by volunteering at one of our regular workdays. In partnership with San Mateo County, the Silicon Valley Permaculture Guild manages a volunteer workday every third Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM where we get our hands dirty building out this vision based in the permaculture ethics of earth care, people care and sharing in our excess.

    If this piques your interest and would like to join us, please contact Kris Jensen (krisxjensen@gmail.com)

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