Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative

School Gardens | Youth Training Gardens | College Gardens | Nonprofit Garden Projects | Community Gardens | Demonstration and Restoration Projects | Affiliates & Supporters | Get Involved

Environmental Food Justice and Community orgs of the East Bay Zine by Ella Bhat, Chloe Olsen, Ty Shelton, Ashley Yue

Who We Are: BCGC is composed of diverse community garden members who share a common commitment to organic, urban agriculture and access to healthy food for all residents of Berkeley.

What We Do: By providing a forum for mutual support and the sharing of common resources, BCGC assists and protects existing gardens, facilitates the formation of new gardens, and advocates food security initiatives in our local schools and city.

Our Mission: BCGC actively seeks to create a more sustainable society by engaging in environmentally beneficial urban land stewardship, which includes urban agriculture, the preservation of open space, habitat restoration, and cultivating community. To broaden its impact and build alliances, BCGC partners with other organizations that share its goals. Land, air, water, and seeds are our commonwealth, which we have a right and duty to protect.

Support: Community Gardens welcome the following forms of support:

  • Excess untreated lumber for raised beds
  • Lead-free soil
  • Service groups and individual volunteers

View the Berkeley Community Garden Handbook here.

Moving South Berkeley Forward

Moving South Berkeley Forward (MSBF) is a youth-driven environmental, social justice project focused on community health and educational equity in South Berkeley, spearheaded by youth of color and the South Berkeley community. This project is a joint effort between the Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative, UC Berkeley’s Environmental Science, Policy & Management Department, Berkeley High School, and the community of South Berkeley.

We are working to transform the previous Santa Fe Right of Way (SFROW) railroad site into a green space and community garden through the environmental mentorship of Berkeley High students of color. Together, we are laying the foundation towards a long term goal of a greenway and youth garden.

We want this community to have accessible health resources and a better future. The possibilities of the things we could be doing in this community is endless but we can’t do these things without your help. Learn more here. 

School Gardens

School gardens, on-site at elementary, middle and high schools, aim to integrate organic food production into the curricula and into the school lunch pro-grams. Children are introduced to food production, nutrition, composting, ecological awareness, and cooking and preparing the food they grow to share around the table. Most garden and cooking classes are supported by the Network for a Healthy California Program.

Berkeley Arts Magnet/Whittier Garden
1645 Milvia St. Contact: Marlee Blasenheim
Berkeley Technology Academy Garden

2701 MLK, Jr. Way Contact: Matt Tsang

Cragmont Elementary School Garden
830 Regal Rd. Contact: Marlee Blasenheim

Early Childhood Development Gardens
1460 Eight St.
1810 Hopkins St.
1939 Ward St.
Contact: Chris Nakao

Edible School Yard at King Middle School
1781 Rose St. Contact: Geoff Palla

Emerson Elementary School Garden
2800 Forest Ave. Contact: Jeanette Kjobmand

Ruth Acty
1400 Ada St. Contact: Jeanette Kjobmand

John Muir Elementary School Garden
2955 Claremont Ave. Contact: Keturah Kornbluth

Sylvia Mendez Elementary School Farm & Garden
2241 Russell St. Contact: Ben Goff

Longfellow Middle School
1500 Derby St. Contact: Puanani Owan

Malcolm X Elementary School
1731 Prince St. Contact: Rivksa Mason

Oxford Elementary School Garden
1130 Oxford St. Contact: Sarah Winer

Rosa Parks Elementary School
920 Allstonway Contact: Chris Nakao

School of the Madeleine Garden
1225 Milvia St. Contact: Ken Willers

Thousand Oaks Elementary School Garden
840 Colusa Ave. Contact: Sarah Winer

Washington Elementary School
2300 MLK, Jr. Way Contact: Emma Christie

Willard Middle School Growing Leaders
2425 Stuart St. Contact: Ellen McClure

Youth Training Gardens

Youth training gardens train and employ young people from high-risk neighborhoods. Mentors work closely with youth gardeners, sharing practical skills for future employment and enjoyment. BCGC recognizes that urban gardening offers lifelong learning that can help prevent substance abuse and violence. Moreover, food production is an ecological and sustainable means of economic development that addresses both hunger and hopelessness.

Berkeley Youth Alternatives Production Garden
1308 Bancroft Way
Contact: Mrs. Niculia Williams,

Berkeley Youth Alternatives Orchard
2141 Bonar Street
Contact: Sequence Young,

McGee Avenue Baptist Church Garden
1640 Stuart Street
Contact: Kimberly Wright, kmright2@aol.comm or Jaydon Widemon,

Sprouts Cooking Club @ Chaparral House
1309 Allston Way
Contact: Karen Rogers,

Strong Roots Community Garden
Sacramento Street and Woolsey
Contact: Shyaam Shabaka,
Pastor Michael Smith,

College Gardens

Gill Tract Community Farm (in Albany)
1050 San Pablo Avenue
Contact: Effie Rawlings,

Student Organic Garden Association
Corner of Walnut Street and Virginia Street
Contact: Garden Manager,


Nonprofit Garden Projects

Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project
2850 Sacramento Street
Contact: Daniel Miller, or Kanchan Haynes

EcoHouse Permaculture Demonstration Garden
1305 Hopkins Street

Urban Adamah Farm
1151 6th Street
Contact: Debbie Harris,

California Habitats Indigenous Activists
Ohlone Greenway between Peralta and Gilman
Contact: Carole Bennett-Simons,
or Dave Drummond,

Community Gardens

Community gardens make plots available to individuals, families, and groups for growing food, flowers, and herbs. Community gardeners use food to feed their families and share with neighbors.

Pinnantak/ Sogorea Te’ Land Trust Community Garden
1370 Ashby Avenue
More info:

Volunteer interest form:

Bancroft Community Garden
1308 Bancroft Way
Contact: Steve Moros,

Karl Linn Community Garden
Peralta Avenue and Hopkins Street
Contact: Mary Ross Lynch,
or Karen Fracetto,

Northside Community Garden
1349 Northside Avenue
Contact: Michelle Squitieri,, and Andy Kosinski,

Ohlone Community Garden
Hearst Avenue and McGee Street
Contact: Durwood Wiggins,

Peralta Community Garden
1400 Peralta Avenue

BCGC Affiliates and Supporters

The Berkeley Community Garden Collaborative is working with:

BCGC can assist your neighborhood by offering:

  • Resource and tool sharing contacts
  • Technical advice, troubleshooting, and design assistance
  • Compost and seeds to community, school, and nonprofit projects

You can help BCGC!

  • Volunteer your time in our gardens
  • Donate or locate garden resources, such as: irrigation supplies, garden tools, construction tools, building supplies, seedlings, etc.
  • Donate money to BCGC. (Mail checks made payable to Ecology Center/BCGC: 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702)

Want to garden in Berkeley? We can help you find a plot! Call the community garden nearest you, or call us at 510-883-9096. We check messages once a week.

Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative
c/o Ecology Center
2530 San Pablo Ave, Suite H
Berkeley, CA 94702
Contact: Corinne Haskins, 510-883-9096,

Updated: May 2023