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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