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Community Gardening Program
666 BELLEVUE AVENUE
OAKLAND, CA 94610
PH: (510) 238-2197
Mon/Wed: 9 am - 5pm
Thurs: 9am - 4pm
Oakland Parks & 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 Karen Francis to see if space is available. Please call 510-238-2197 or email Karen at OaklandCommunityGardening@gmail.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 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610 - we'll contact you once space is available!
NOTICE: THE 2016 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
|Edible Demonstration Gardens at Lake Merritt|
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
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.
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!
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 Karen Francis at (510) 238-2197 or by email at OaklandCommunityGardening@gmail.com. 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 Karen Francis at (510) 238-2197.