Golden Gate Park Community Garden

Growing at 780 Frederick St, San Francisco, since 2013

About the garden

Golden Gate Park Community Garden is located at the southeast corner of San Francisco’s largest park, next to Kezar Stadium at 780 Frederick St (cross street: Arguello). We have a total of 67 raised beds, some individual and some shared among groups of two or three. We also have a shared gardening area, demonstration beds cultivated by local community groups, large holding bins for compost and mulch, and a nursery for San Francisco native plants.

Community garden plots

The core of the garden is composed of 67 raised beds that are cultivated by garden members. 33 smaller beds are designated for individuals or a single family. The 34 larger beds are shared among two or three people, who can choose to share the work of maintaining the whole bed, or each garden their own portion. The garden has a collection of basic tools for gardeners to maintain their plots: shovels, trowels, hand pruners, etc.

A small part of the garden is set aside as a shared plot for all members; we generally use this to grow crops too big for the raised beds, like pumpkins, zucchini and other squash. We also share and maintain five compost bins, turning the waste material from our plots into next season’s fertilizer.

Members must live or work in San Francisco, sign a membership agreement based on the city’s Community Gardening Policies, and pay a small annual membership fee. There are waiting lists for individual and shared beds. To join the garden, please complete the wait list application form on the Rec and Parks site and select “Golden Gate Park Community Garden” as the one you want to join. If you have other questions about the garden, please email the garden governance group at ggpgarden@gmail.com.

Demonstration gardens

On the north side of the garden are three demonstration beds, allocated by SF Rec and Parks to community groups looking to promote urban agriculture. The current groups operating these beds include New Traditions Elementary School, Rec and Parks’ Youth Stewardship Program and OceanHealth.org. Along the north wall is a 100-ft long vertical garden installed by SF Rec and Parks.

The garden is also currently host to two bee hives supplied by the Youth Stewardship Program.

Native plant nursery

The community garden hosts a nursery for San Francisco native plants, operated by Greg Gaar. Greg propagates many of varieties of the area’s native flora, and is happy to provide plants for local gardeners. The beds facing the sidewalk along Frederick Street and Arguello Avenue are all planted with SF natives, as are some in nearby Kezar Triangle.

Garden supplies for the public

At the west end of the garden are three bins that are stocked by SF Rec and Parks with compost, mulch and chips for San Francisco residents to use on their own gardens. These supplies are only available on days scheduled by Rec and Parks. For details, visit their Urban Agriculture Resources page. Please note: this program is currently on hold pending appointment of a new Urban Agriculture coordinator.

Site history

The garden opened in its current form in October 2013, following a $250,000 project by SF Rec and Parks. Previously, the location was the site of the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council’s recycling program for about 40 years. Starting in the early 2000s, Greg Gaar opened a native plant nursery as part of the recycling center, propagating plants native to San Francisco which he made available to local gardeners and to habitat restoration projects across the city. In 2011 and 2012, HANC operated the Kezar Gardens community garden on much of the site, in which several current garden members participated.

Before the HANC recycling center, the site was a parking lot for journalists attending sports games at the old Kezar Stadium, and back in the 19th century it appears to have be a railyard for the trains taking San Franciscans out to the beach along the south side of Golden Gate Park.

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2 thoughts on “About the garden

  1. Great work, Rupert!

  2. Thanks so much Rupert, awesome blog.

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