Urban Farms in San Francisco

A Little Yumminess - San Francisco Bay Area
May 6, 2018

For a city, San Francisco has a good many urban farms and community gardens scattered throughout the city.  Though the community gardens are generally open only to members, urban farms welcome everyone and offer a wonderful opportunity to expose your young ones to growing their own food and getting out in nature right here without having to leave the city.  If you are looking to dig in the dirt and want to harvest some vegetables with the kids, these urban farms offer family-friendly volunteer days.

Garden for the Environment

The Garden for the Environment is a one acre urban demonstration garden in the Sunset District (7th and Lawton). Located in a densely populated residential  part of San Francisco, this garden is a little piece of paradise and sneaks up on you and surprises you.  

They offer several environmental education programs about organic gardening, urban compost systems and sustainable food systems.  The garden is open year round and is a wonderful place to enjoy a post school snack or meet up for a play date.  Feel free to wander around with your kids and enjoy spotting vegetables they are familiar with and learn about some new plants and vegetables.

If you want to get dirty and volunteer at the garden just show up on Wednesdays between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. They often will find something for even the littlest kids to do. If you don't pack a snack, stop by at Arizmendi Bakery (1331 9th Avenue at Irving) and pick up some delicious baked treats and you will have the perfect day.  Dress in layers as it can get foggy (and cold) in that part of town.

Alemany Farm

Alemany Farm is a 4.5 acre organic farm located on the Southeastern part of San Francisco. Their mission is to educate local residents about how they can become their own food producers in spite of living in a city.

Like the other farms, they host several activities throughout the year. The most enjoyable is the Annual Harvest Festival held in the fall. You get to help with path mulching, compost-building, and transplanting out some of the winter crops. They also have games to keep the kids entertained. This past year, they spit-roasted a whole pig and hosted a barbeque with sausages and vegetable burgers. A good, old-fashioned farm dinner right in our city!

They have a calendar on the website but they generally host community workdays on the 1st and 3rd Sunday and 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month between noon to 5:00 p.m. and every Monday afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome and new volunteers will have to go through a brief orientation tour at the beginning of the volunteer work day.

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