Community Gardens Program

The Rec and Park Department supports and manages a program of 38 community gardens (and growing!) on City-owned property, where members can grow produce and ornamental plants for personal use. Gardens range in size from a few hundred square feet to thousands of square feet; some offer individual plots while others have shared plots. Some gardens also offer demonstration gardening or other instructional programming.

The Community Gardens Program is a substantial component of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program.

Each garden is operated by a group of committed volunteers, and membership fees are often self-imposed to cover common expenses. Use the Garden Finder tool on the “Join an Existing Garden” page to find a community garden in your neighborhood.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer community gardener in San Francisco. Happy gardening!

Join an Existing Garden

To request a plot in an existing community garden, please identify which garden(s) you are interested in. Scroll through the table below to get detailed waitlist information, and look at the map … Continue reading


In 2006, the Recreation and Parks Department adopted a set of policies and standards that provides a uniform framework for community gardens across the city, while at the same time allowing flexibility … Continue reading

Community Gardens Publications

Community Gardens publications and annual report, can be found here.

Alemany Farm CAC

Alemany Farm at St. Mary’s Playground is a 3.5-acre site, located on Alemany Boulevard near Ellsworth Street, that is managed under the Recreation and Park Department’s Community Gardens Program. Recreational gardening at … Continue reading

Garden Photo Gallery

Browse our gallery of photos showcasing community gardens throughout the city.

Start a New Community Garden

The Recreation and Parks Department receives many inquiries about starting a new community garden in the City. It may seem as easy as building a few raised beds on a vacant piece … Continue reading

McLaren Park Community Garden Improvements

Scope of Work Rec and Park is excited to be moving forward with the renovation of the McLaren Community Garden! The design team has refined the garden’s schematic design, which can be … Continue reading