Demonstration Gardens

This is the development library for the Demonstration Gardens. Find documentation here of the instructional and information design and how it has developed since 2009 in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.

Public Site


Provides environmental teaching and learning for all ages and abilities in an urban permaculture exploration garden.

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Serves young children through seniors. Accessible to people with disabilities. Volunteer developed, managed and executed.

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Instructional Design

Community-based learning system employs cognitive apprenticeship and participatory planning.

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Gardens Site

This legacy garden is both a site for people of all ages and abilities to investigate permaculture in a dense urban neighborhood and a home for the Shih Yu-Lang YMCA in transition to its new building. Physically located in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco.


Service Architecture

Cross channel Interface between physical gardens and virtual learning environment.



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