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Howard & Langton Mini Park Community Garden
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SFRPD supports and manages 42 (and growing!) Community Gardens located across the City where garden volunteers can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. There are several ways to participate in one of our Community Gardens.
Individual plots allotted via a wait-list system: Some community gardens are composed entirely of plots allotted to individuals with some common areas for shared perennial herbs, native plants and fruit trees. These gardens may have regularly scheduled workdays, self-imposed annual dues to purchase shared garden tools and equipment, and either an individual volunteer garden coordinator or a steering committee that manages membership, workday plans, and plot assignments. This is the most common type of community garden experience. Individuals can request to be placed on the wait list for a specific garden.
Due to high interest in community gardening, you must be a resident of San Francisco to be allocated a plot. Once a plot is available, the volunteer garden coordinator will contact the next name on the wait list to offer a plot. Some gardens have very little turnover and the wait can be considerable. You are welcome to add your name to several garden wait lists but please consider travel time, parking, and access to public transportation.
When a plot becomes available, the garden coordinator will conduct a new member orientation that will include garden access, member agreements, collection of dues (when indicated), and garden practices around composting, invasive plants, water use, and waste removal. Orientation will also include introductions to current garden volunteers who can serve as mentors while you learn to garden in your new space.
Becoming a member at Howard and Langton Community Garden
To become a member of the Howard and Langton Community Garden, you must volunteer to work for a couple hours during 2 workdays.
Workdays are held the last Sunday of each month*, from 10 a.m. –2 p.m. You will get your hands dirty and can meet many of our members. After attending two workdays (not necessarily consecutively) you can fill out a User Agreement and pay the $35 annual fee, which renews in March of each year. This process gets you a key (on, or after, your second workday), and you become an Associate Member. Associate Members are not assigned an individual plot but have garden access and assist in caring for common areas of the garden. Contributions can include helping with fishpond maintenance, watering, general garden clean-up, repairs, painting, installing and maintaining irrigation systems, and taking green waste bins out for collection.
There is a place on the User Agreement to opt to be placed on the waiting list for a garden plot. When your name comes to the top of the waitlist, you will be contacted about an individual garden plot. You must be a garden member to accept a garden plot.
If you have questions about the membership process or the waiting list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The current wait (as of September 2022) for a plot is about two years.
*There are no workdays in November or December