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Fort Mason Community Garden

Pros: A stunningly beautiful, semi-edible community project
Cons: The 5-7 year wait list for a garden plot
Best For: Sitting at the picnic table or a walk-through any time of the year

Fort Mason Community GardenThe Fort Mason Community Garden is located right behind the administration building at Upper Fort Mason, on the site of the original 1890 military post garden. Founded in 1975, its 7,000 square feet is festooned with flowers, herbs, vegetables and succulents. There are 125 plots measuring 20ft x 5ft each, costing its member-gardeners $80 per year in dues. There are designated work days and celebration days and a kitchen for cooking up the garden edibles.

Guidelines for planting include the ban of pesticides and the implementation of organic growing practices. Water conservation is essential, whether a plot is being used for growing food or ornamentals.

Open the garden gate and stroll from kale to cactus, far from the bustle of the city. Feel grounded and nourished and stop to smell the roses. Grab a bench, eat a sandwich and admire the view.

It is a fact that a community garden such as this cannot sustain, maintain, repair and thrive on membership dues alone. Consider becoming a member or donate to the current project underway. A kitchen renovation is much-needed.

Fort Mason Community Garden
Upper Fort Mason/Behind the main administration building
San Francisco, 94123
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