To meet the need for more community garden plots and to advance the Mayor’s Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food, the Recreation and Park Department has constructed the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden at 780 Frederick Street. The 0.66-acre site is situated at the northwest corner of Frederick/Arguello Streets. The site is readily accessible via the MUNI ‘N’, #6 and #71 lines that service the area.
In addition to 67 raised bed community garden plots, the Recreation and Park Department is making available common landscape materials (mulch, chips and fines) stocked in holding bins and a gardening-tool lending library, demonstration gardens and educational programming are up next – unique public resources that make this an urban agriculture resource center per one of the goals of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program. The Recreation and Park Department seeks to emphasize environmentally sustainable practices at the site in its design and programmatic and operating features, including a native plant nursery as part of the materials distribution component. Surplus produce from garden plots may be given away to the food bank and/or food pantries.
As of November 2013 all 33 individual plots and 34 shared plots have been assigned based on a lottery conducted of folks who previously expressed interest. The garden currently accommodates 170 people.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list for a plot at the garden, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: your full name, phone number, email, and names of any other people you’d like to garden with, if you are considering a shared plot. Please have your potential plot-mates send us an email to sign up for the waitlist as well. When both individual and shared plot spaces become available, we will move down our wait list and offer them to the next person in line. As of November 4, 2013, we have 201 people on the waitlist for individual plots and 48 people on the waitlist for shared (and individual) plots.
If you are interested in seeking a garden space at one of our other 36 community gardens, please visit the “Join an Existing Garden” page for a map and list of these gardens and contact the Community Gardens Program Manager for the contact info of the garden coordinator at each site.
The new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden is meant as a resource center for the general public as well as those assigned plots in the garden. The garden will be open to the general public and park users soon; you will be able to take advantage of demonstration gardens, workshops and programming, and material bins with compost, etc.
The Recreation and Park Department identified $250,000 in Capital Funds to construct Phase 1 improvements, including garden plots, material bins, facilities for tool lending and a native plant nursery. Charitable donations have allowed RPD to include additional features beyond the original scope of work. Eco-Media has made a $100,000 grant from yp possible, which has allowed for the installation of a Vertical Garden which spans 100 lineal feet on the north perimeter of the site. This living wall is wholly comprised of edible plants that include leafy vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. In addition, a $20,000 grant from Levi Strauss Foundation has allowed for the installation of permeable paving in the material pick-up area.
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Come get your garden ready for springtime with a series of classes through the Urban Agriculture Program at RPD. We’re offering five classes through May to get you and your garden geared up for a great growing season. Classes are either free or $5 suggested donation – no one will … Continue reading
Just announced: Free fall classes at the city’s largest community garden, the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, including Pollinators in San Francisco, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden and Composting & Vermicomposting. All classes are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. RSVP to email@example.com September 13, 2014 –Pollinators in San Francisco: … Continue reading
PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL OPEN GARDENS DAY WITH THE SF RECREATION AND PARK DEPARTMENT! On September 13th from 10 am to 2 pm, several of our beautiful community gardens will … Continue reading
After tending their plots for some months, 40 of the 168 people assigned to the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden convened last week at the County Fair Building to review Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program Policies, to get to know each other, and to begin to organize a … Continue reading
We originally posted the deadline for proposal submittal as December 15; however, we are pushing the deadline back to January 15 to capture more beginning of year “gearing up” mentality. Click on the link below for an UPDATED document with application criteria and directions: GGPCG Demonstration Garden Criteria and Application … Continue reading
The Recreation and Park Department is now accepting proposals for demonstration garden spaces in the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Streets! The Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden is a community resource and, as such, preference is given to local organizations serving San Francisco. Qualifying organizations include, but … Continue reading