Oakland Parks and Recreation is gardening with a purpose, with 16 locations that bring people of all ages and diverse backgrounds together to grow organic vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. Check out the free volunteer days and workshops at The Gardens at Lake Merritt, or join them at one of our ten rental plot community gardens, where participants pay an annual fee of $30 for a garden space. These spaces are assigned on a rolling basis, as plots becomes available, and preference is always given to Oakland residents if a garden is full and has a waiting list. Volunteers are encouraged to join monthly “work parties” at each garden! Details and list of garden sites on website.