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Community Gardening Program
568 BELLEVUE AVENUE
OAKLAND, CA 94610
PH: (510) 238-2197
FAX: (510) 238-7199
OFFICE HOURS: 8am-12pm - Mon, Weds & Friday
Oakland Parks and Recreation is gardening with a purpose, with 16 locations that bring people of all ages and diverse backgrounds together to grow organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Check out our free volunteer days and workshops at The Gardens at Lake Merritt (full schedule below), or join us at one of our ten rental plot community gardens, where participants pay an annual fee of $30 for a garden space. These spaces are assigned on a rolling basis, as plots becomes available, and preference is always given to Oakland residents if a garden is full and has a waiting list. Volunteers are encouraged to join us for monthly “work parties” at each garden!
Additionally, OPR now offers six garden locations run in partnership with schools and nonprofits. These beautiful gardens engage children and community members to help grow food for themselves and their families, at no cost to participate. Please scroll down to see a full list of our partners, and links to their respective websites. Contact them today to get involved!
OPR features 23 sites with youth gardening facilities, including at most of our recreation centers - please visit your local center today to see how you can help us show kids the value of organic gardening!
To apply for space in one of OPR's ten rental plot community gardens, please first contact the program administrator Carla Jasso to see if space is available. Please call 510-238-2197 or email Carla at email@example.com. If you would like to join a garden's waiting list (or also pay for a plot if space is available) please first read our rules and regulations, then download our registration form. Once the registration form is completed and signed, mail it to our office at 568 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 - we'll contact you once space is available!
NOTICE: THE 2014 RENTAL PLOT REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE SENT OUT IN NOVEMBER. DUE BY DECEMBER 31ST.
Allendale Park Community Garden
3711 Suter Street
Arroyo Viejo Park Community Garden
79th Avenue and Arthur Street cul de sac
Bella Vista Park Community Garden
11th Avenue and East 28th Street, by Bella Vista Elementary School
Bushrod Park Community Garden
584 59th Street
Dover Street Park Community Garden
Volunteer with Phat Beets Produce
Dover Street between 57th and 58th
Fitzgerald Park Urban Farm
Volunteer with City Slicker Farms
Corner of 34th Street and Peralta Street
Golden Gate Community Garden
1068 62nd Street
King Estates Community Garden
Volunteer with People UnitEd for a Better Life In Oakland (PUEBLO)
8251 Fontaine Street
Volunteer-led Demo Plots; Some Rental Plots
666 Bellevue Avenue
Marston Campbell Park Youth Garden
Volunteer with Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS)
16th Street and Market Stree, by Lafayette School
Mosswood Community Garden
Corner of MacArthur and Webster
San Antonio Park Community Garden
Corner of 16th Avenue and East 19th Street
Stonehurst Edible Schoolyard
Volunteer with Stonehurst Edible Schoolyard
901 105th Avenue
Tassafaronga Park Urban Farm
Volunteer with Acta Non Verba
Corner of 83rd and E Street
Temescal Community Garden
876 - 47th Street
Verdese Carter Park Community Garden
96th Avenue & Bancroft Avenue
The Community Gardening Program often partners with the Rotary Nature Center at 600 Bellevue Avenue.
Edible Gardening Demonstrations at Lake Merritt
The Edible Demonstration Gardens at Lake Merritt offer FREE workshops and volunteer days from April thru November. See our groups and schedules below, let us know if you have any questions, and we'll see you out there!
Alameda County Master Gardeners, volunteer days every Wednesday from 10-11:30am. For a full online schedule with descriptions please visit http://bit.ly/10jd2Y4.
People's Victory Garden, volunteer orientations every 2nd Saturday from 9-10am. Volunteer educational workdays every 3rd Saturday from 9:30-11:30am. More info available at: http://www.victorygardenfoundation.org/.
Merritt College Horticultural Department, volunteer participation days every Wednesday from 9:30-11am. Seasonal vegetables by seasoned gardeners!
Cambodian Women's Garden Group, garden demonstrations every 2nd Friday from 1-3pm. Learn and experience new methods of gardening from experts!
Toddler's Garden, with fun garden demos for toddlers aged 4 and under! All workshops begin at 10am: Worms! on 7/27... and join us for more toddler-based garden workshops throughout the fall!
Junior Chef Society, kitchen gardening for Oakland's finest junior chefs! Under the tutelage of Oakland's own Chef Robert Dorsey III.
Hope Gardening, intergenerational - grandparents and grandkids steward a beautiful and diverse garden plot, with ornamentals mixed with edibles.
The Gardens at Lake Merritt are also a great stop for volunteer groups: (Please sign up for regular updates by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org)
MORE WAYS TO GET DOWN WITH THE GARDENS AT THE LAKE!
Bring your gloves, your favorite garden tool and a friend. Tell the parking attendant at the kiosk you are with the Friends of the Garden at Lake Merritt and volunteering at the Gardens at Lake Merritt and sign in to get a day pass. Thank you for your continued hard work and support!
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: In the next month, the Gardens will be looking to fill the following volunteer positions, to improve the work we do, the experience of our volunteers and the future of us all:
Write to email@example.com if you're interested!
To garden with a purpose in one of OPR's rental plot locations, please first familiarize yourself with the program's rules and regulations. Then, contact the program director for space availability and download the registration form. Note: if you are registering into a garden with a waiting list, do not send payment until the coordinator confirms that space is available.
Questions? More information? Contact program administrator Carla Jasso at (510) 238-2197 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Our Nonprofit Organization Partners
Acta Non Verba at Tassafaronga Park Urban Farm
City Slicker Farms at Fitzgerald Park Urban Farm
Oakland Based Urban Gardens (OBUGS) at Marston Campbell Park Youth Garden
People UnitEd for a Better Life In Oakland (PUEBLO) at King Estates Community Garden
Phat Beets Produce at Dover Street Park Community Garden
Stonehurst Edible Schoolyard at Esperanza Elementary School and Korematsu Discovery Academy
The Advisory Board
Lend your voice to our cause of gardening with a purpose!
The Community Gardening Program's Advisory Board meets monthly, every 4th Wednesday from 6-7pm in the Lake Merritt Boating Center. The public is welcome to attend to learn more about how to help us provide the best services possible to the city of Oakland! Please note: dates and times of the monthly meeting are subject to change. Before planning to attend, please first verify the date and time of the next meeting with the program administrator Carla Jasso at (510) 238-2197 or email@example.com.
The Second Annual Autumn Lights Festival: Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th, 2013
This year's Autumn Lights Festival has been extended to two nights this fall.
Join us for this special evening in the Gardens-- and see Oakland's hidden jewel in a different light!
The Gardens grounds will be filled with lanterns, carved and lit gourds and illuminated sculptures, all created by local Bay Area artists.
Enjoy live music, wine and delicacies from some of the East Bay's best food trucks.
Ticket information to follow.
If you'd like to volunteer at this event please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your contact info. Thanks!