Tending community parks, gardens and public spaces
Virtually every weekend of the year, our volunteers are working in parks and gardens – partnering with community groups and neighbors to keep them inviting and in good repair. We know that when our public space are well-tended, it has a beneficial impact on an entire neighborhood. Here are a small selection of the community gardens that Habitat works with in our area:
Quesada Gardens Initiative has been building community in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood since 2002. Their vision of a socially just, sustainable community starts with empowering locals to define their environment and to connect with one another in the process. Volunteer activities at Quesada Gardens include planting, fixing walls, beautification, weeding, pruning, and general garden maintenance activities. Working here also often involves working at Bridgeview Garden, a small food production garden at the top of the hill – that was started (and still run) by the homeowners who live in the adjacent lot in 2006.
Northridge CommUNITY Garden
In 2012, a coalition of residents at Northridge Cooperative Homes transformed an empty lot on their property into the Northridge CommUNITY Garden. The garden engages youth in stewarding the garden, and provides food to co-op residents. Volunteer activities include weeding, garden bed preparation, irrigation system maintenance, small construction projects, and general garden maintenance.
Abundance Community Garden
Abundance Community Garden recognizes the opportunity to alleviate hunger and scarcity through a sharing community, and uses the garden as a community-building and educational space. Volunteer activities at Abundance Community Garden will include weeding, pruning, and general garden maintenance.
Oakdale Community Farm
The Oakdale Community Farm, a project of youth development nonprofit City of Dreams, helps kids 8-17 living in public or low-income housing learn skills and gain experiential education through gardening. Volunteer activities at Oakdale Community Farm include irrigation and garden bed installation, weeding, planting trees, planting seeds, and general garden maintenance.