Urban Agriculture Program

The citywide Urban Agriculture Program is an interagency program that supports and supplies the infrastructure for community members to steward our urban green spaces, on both public and private land. We believe that the act of growing food, flowers or animals in a city builds community, educates an urban public about the ecosystem and food system around them, connects people to nature, and encourages an active citizenry who believes in stewarding our green spaces.

The Urban Agriculture Program supports urban agriculture enthusiasts in a number of ways. Physical resources can be found through the Urban Ag Resource Centers, Semiannual Plant Giveaways, and Technical Assistance. Educational opportunities are offered once a month on topics related to urban agriculture (see “News, Events, and Reports” for more information). Finally, the program coordinator supports projects across city agencies and inter-agency cooperation, promotes urban agriculture policies and provides information.

Garden Resource Days

Garden Resource Days have concluded for 2023 and will resume in 2024.  Dates to be determined.  

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Urban Agriculture Program provides free materials for the backyard gardener, community gardener, or urban farmer through regularly scheduled Garden Resource Days. These events offer compost as well as mulch, seeds, plant starts and composting worms when available. They are a “bring-your-own-bucket” event and amounts are limited.  

Participants may collect up to  5 buckets of compost (approximately 3 cubic feet) per household at each event.  Though we endeavor to provide enough supplies for everyone, amounts are limited to what we have on hand that day.  Through a special program, funded by SF Department of the Environment and the state of California, we are able to provide extra compost for all event dates listed above.  HOWEVER, because supplies are limited, we invite everyone to demonstrate kindness and a sense of community sharing with your gardener neighbors when collecting these resources.  Please follow all instructions from staff, volunteers and Park Rangers to ensure these are fun and safe events for everyone.  

Bring your own buckets.  

Garden Resource Days are now located at the overflow parking lot at Gleneagles Golf Course, adjacent to the McLaren Bike Park. See the map below or view at this link. A waiting line will form on the north side of the street. Please approach from east to take a right turn into the parking lot.  

Overflow Lot