We love urban living, but whenever it gets warm we get a yearning for a little plot of land of our own, where we could spend the weekends pruning and planting and soaking up the sun... Walking up Cortland the other day we realized we needn't pick up and move to the midwest just yet -- there was a little community garden just blocks from our house.
After a little research we found that there are tons of such places all over the city. SFGRO (SF Garden Resource Organization) has a listing of all of them which you can search by map. There are also volunteer opportunities at places like Alemany Farm, where the harvested food is given to low-income families in the neighborhood as well as volunteers.
And if you have a pile of parking tickets or community service hours (we're not judging!), some community gardens allow you to work them off through a program called Project 20.
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