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The following projects grew or flourished from the seeds of Hayes Valley Farm. Hayes Valley Farmers — those who planted a seed during the project’s duration — are actively engaged with gardens, schools, public spaces, and community organizations throughout the city.
The Bee Farm
Volunteer: 3rd Saturday of every month
3299 San Bruno Ave at Ordway (map)
The Bee Farm, a project founded by San Francisco Bee-Cause, uses urban beekeeping and beekeeping education in San Francisco to further causes that benefit San Francisco’s human, native bee and honey bee residents. The Bee Farm has an apiary of honey bees for education and honey production, an orchard of apple, lemon, plum trees as part of the Urban Orchard Program, and a native plant garden.
Please Touch Community Garden
Visit: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 11am-5pm
165 Grove St. (map)
Please Touch Community Garden is a community garden accessible to all, regardless of disability. The garden, located adjacent to LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the San Francisco Arts Commission, is based upon the idea that amazing things happen when diverse communities come together.
You can catch a glimpse of the bee-hive-shaped cob oven at quarterly art exhibitions at Recology. Beecology is an employee-run beekeeping project at Recology focused on education about the importance of bees to our local food system. With the support of San Francisco Bee-Cause, Recology employees learn the art of beekeeping by tending two bee hives at the transfer station in San Francisco. Honey from the hives is sold to employees and supports San Francisco Bee-Cause.
New Liberation Garden
New Liberation Church and Neighbors Developing Divisadero are working together to make New Liberation Garden a place where neighbors come together and grow food, connections, wellness, and good-will. All neighbors are welcome.
49 Farms is a project to grow an urban farm in every square mile of San Francisco. Urban permaculture designers, educators and students design and share examples and experiences highlighting one of the basic principles of urban permaculture design, that “the problem is the solution.”
Bloom Justice is a ﬂower farm at Ella Hill Hutch Community Center in the Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco. Bloom Justice collaborates with Mo’ Magic & the Magic Zone to provide teen programming, and teens design flower arrangements for special events. Teens earn money, learn garden skills, ﬂoral design, and marketing skills; the neighborhood gets flowers.
BRANCH Youth Education
BRANCH Youth Education provides San Francisco youth with access to urban green spaces and education about local food systems, sustainable life skills, and eco-literacy. BRANCH strives to teach diverse youth of all ages about urban ecology to inspire connection with place, community and healthy food systems through experiential learning.
Potrero Hill Learning Garden
The Potrero Hill Learning Garden was launched in 2011 as a project of San Francisco Recreation and Parks, in collaboration with Live Oak School. It promotes sustainable solutions to growing food in an urban setting, and uses local resources to teach, grow and share with community residents and visitors.
Urban Commons SF
Urban Commons SF has hosted a community open market focused on resource sharing, ecological restoration and education.
Other Gardens and Community Projects in San Francisco
Several gardens in the city have regularly scheduled volunteer days: Allemany Farm, All in Common Garden, Far Out West Garden, Quesada Gardens, Tenderloin National Forest, Tenderloin People’s Garden, Treat Commons, and Visitation Valley Greenway, Garden for the Environment.
Education Opportunities in San Francisco
The San Francisco Permaculture Guild meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at the Eco-Center, 3338 17th Street.
Start a garden project today!
Find out about starting a new community garden. Learn more about garden techniques and community practices at Hayes Valley Farm, from permaculture to non-violent communication practices and collective governance.