Food Gardens

Urban Agriculture
SF Environment facilitates and encourages increasing local food production and opportunities for urban gardening throughout San Francisco.
SF Environment's Goals in Urban Agriculture
SF Environment seeks to increase local food production and opportunities for urban gardening in San Francisco.
Policy Overview
City Policies Relating to Urban Agriculture
Many City agencies are responsible for providing oversight, permits, and support for urban gardening projects.



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From where to buy compostable bags to how much money your neighbor saved on their home improvement project


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Learn about the permit process for urban agriculture zoning and what regulations exist for urban agriculture projects, including whether you need a permit.

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Before you begin to grow food in your backyard, it’s important to know the quality of your soil and how to mitigate potential issues. 

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San Francisco is home to many types of urban agriculture projects. While some grow food directly, some play a supportive role in education and providing resources for urban agriculture. Some examples are community and school gardens, education and training centers, and materials resource centers. 

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San Francisco has many resources to support urban agriculture projects, such as composting, building and landscaping materials; info on soil tests; classes; seed libraries; farmers’ markets; and grant funding.


Additional Information for Food Gardens

Permitting Services
Permitting Services at San Francisco Department of Building Inspection
Water Efficient Ordinance
Water Efficient Ordinance at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Permitting and Zoning
Permitting and Zoning at the San Francisco Planning Department
Urban Agriculture Alliance
Leadership in urban agriculture advocacy and guidance provided by San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance
San Francisco Food
San Francisco Food is a project of the Interagency Healthy and Sustainable Foods Working Group, staffed by the Department of Public Health.