Food Gardening and the Broader Community
Grow an Edible Garden with your Community
Being able to grow your own food instills a sense of pride and security, but expanding the effort to go beyond your yard can build and sustain your neighborhood and community.
Share Resources: When growing your food garden, also consider how you can grow as a neighborhood. Some ideas on how to grow with and for your neighbors:
- Swap seeds and seedlings: Saving and swapping seeds is how our ancestors passed heirloom species from one generation to the next. Here's more on saving and swapping seeds.
- Shop with and for one another: Order bulk compost or mulch deliveries to keep delivery costs down and simplify delivery routes for your local landscape materials company.
- Share tools: Declutter your garden shed by sharing tools instead of buying them. Examples of tools that only get seasonal use: weed whacker, hedge trimmer, fruit picker, chain saw, rototiller.
- Plant Collaboratively: Do you have a shade garden and your neighbor gets all sun? Collaborate on crop planning across fence lines. Plant the shade tolerant edibles (roots and leafy greens) and swap with your neighbor’s heat loving edibles (tomatoes, peppers and other fruit crops). Or plant different varieties of crops to get a more diverse harvest throughout the neighborhood.
930 Tamalpais Ave, San Rafael
Time: Fridays, 9AM-10AM (side door) OR: M, T, W: 11:30AM-1PM
Community Action Marin (CAM)
CAM Central Kitchen, 4308 Redwood Highway, Suite 100, San Rafael
Time: Mon-Fri 7AM-12PM
North Bay Children’s Center
932 C Street, Novato (Admin Office)
Time: Mon-Fri 7:30AM-3:30PM
Homeward Bound of Marin
San Pedro Elementary School,
498 Point San Pedro Road, San Rafael
Use local social media outlets to offer free produce: CropMobster, Facebook, Nextdoor, etc.