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 The new design created a welcoming entrance into the garden with communal planter beds for herbs and trailing vegetables, sheltered gathering spaces for groups, and ornamental gates and fencing, … Continue reading