A Guide to Community Gardens Around San Francisco
Potrero Hill Community Garden (Potrero Hill). Situated high on a hill (with panoramic views!) right above where the famed Potrero Hill Goat Lady used to let her goats graze, this 50-plot garden has been yielding fruits, veggies, bees, honey and flowers galore since the late 60s.
The Recreation and Park Department manages over 35 community gardens on City property.
By Laura Mason
May 13, 2011
The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco is really picking up steam. But for anyone lacking a backyard or spacious deck perfect for sprouting plants and flowers, there’s a bevvy of community gardens (like the Alemany Farm and the Hayes Valley Farm) dotting the city for you to live out your green-thumb dreams in. There are many more out there beyond the ones listed here. Find one in your neighborhood by clicking here.
All In Common Community Garden (Mission)
This is one of the rare community gardens in the city that’s free and has no waiting list. There are no separate plots, hence the name, and all volunteers share what they grow. It’s been an organic garden for more than 35 years, and all members rotate what crops they grow so there’s a perfect variety of produce to be had each season.
The curious are invited to check it out on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1-3 pm to see if it’s for them. On 23rd St. between Folsom and Shotwell.
Fort Mason Community Garden (Marina)
Although there are 125 plots in this garden, there’s also a hefty 7-year waiting list. In its infancy in the 70s, many of its members were immigrants passionate about cooking (they even kept rabbits for fresh meat!) and composting. Today, members have a rigid schedule of work days and annual meetings, all followed by potlucks and barbecues fueled by the delicious things grown in the garden itself. The lucky few who have plots can grow whatever they please, in or out of the greenhouse on the property. Membership ($80 per year) applications can be found here.