Community gardens are some of San Francisco's most beloved public spaces. While it can take months or a few years to get a spot in one of the city's standard allotment-based gardens, several community gardens don't have waitlists. Communally-managed gardens have open volunteer days where site volunteers share the care and the benefits from the gardens with each other. Since everyone working within the garden takes care of the whole space together, they don’t have any waitlists.
SF Recreation and Park Department supports and manages the city’s Community Gardens Program. Visit the "Join an Existing Garden" page to locate a site on city-owned land, contact the point person, and apply for membership (the process often involves a waiting list).
If you’re interested in starting a new community garden, make sure you take key components for success into account, which include space, funding, and interest considerations. Be sure to consider factors such as suitability of potential spaces, funding for startup and operating costs, and membership interest from additional community members.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to dig into the soil right away, check out this list of communally-managed gardens and their open garden workdays.
Communally-Managed Gardens with Open Workdays
Check the garden websites to confirm times.
Tenderloin National Forest
Cohen Place at Ellis St
Treat Ave at 23rd Street (In Parque Ninos Unidos)
Visitacion Valley Greenway
Adjacent to Rutland St. from Tioga Ave. to Leland Ave.
If your garden has open workdays and you’d like to be added to this list, contact us.
Photo: Hayes Valley Farm