Creating an Educational Visual Experience

Along the perimeter of the organic rooftop garden at Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, I designed and painted an educational mural that tells the story of the cycle of local food production. Over 20 volunteers helped with planning and painting over several weekends in October 2008.

The project was widely covered in the press, including in the New York Times.

Starting with the planting of seeds, the paintings depict in 14 panels how crops grow and are then harvested, marketed, and enjoyed by the community. The final panel shows how food is ultimately turned back into soil through the process of composting. The cycle begins again! Children in the Glide afterschool program benefited from a curriculum based on the lessons in the mural.