Urban Orchards

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The San Francisco Urban Orchard Project was developed in partnership with SF Environment’s Urban Forestry and Carbon Fund programs. The program partners with local nonprofit organizations to plant fruit and nut tree orchards in San Francisco.

The program is supported by the Local Carbon Fund, which provides ongoing resources to support tree planting and care. San Francisco launched this fund, the nation’s first truly local carbon offset program, in 2009 to help the City achieve the ambitious climate target set in the 2004 San Francisco Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to address emissions. The Local Carbon Fund seeks to engage in offset projects within San Francisco’s boundaries.

A.Prunus x domestica leaves and fruit (photo credit: FUF)

The San Francisco Urban Orchard Project assists community based organizations with planting and maintenance of publicly accessible fruit trees. The program has planted fruit trees in several locations throughout San Francisco, including food insecure areas and an orchard within Golden Gate Park.

In 2011 the “Gray to Green’ Advisory Panel to the San Francisco Climate Action Plan recommended that the City support the activities of neighborhood and community groups in their role as local stewards of our green spaces. The Urban Orchards program seeks to continue this work and has identified grant funded to expand the reach of the program. In late 2012, Friends of the Urban Forest was awarded the most recent grant to plant and provide care for 200 apple, pear, and plum trees that will planted in January 2013.

A map to all planting locations can be found here.

Additional Information for Urban Orchards

The Urban Gleaning Program
The San Francisco Department of Public Works is working with San Francisco residents and businesses to help collect and distribute food grown from trees and community gardens for distribution to shelters, food banks and other communities of need.
Urban Orchard Program
Here are some highlights of San Francisco's Department of Environment Urban Orchard Program.