Join the San Mateo RCD for a self-guided tour of San Mateo County’s Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens! Visit any of the following locations where you can find free refreshments, site tours, and opportunities to get your hands into the soil.

When: April 4th, 2020, from 10AM to 2 PM. POSTPONED. New date TBA. 
Where: Locations around San Mateo County. See garden list below.
Cost: Free!
Questions: Contact Kasey Butler or (650)712-7765 x108


Participating Community Gardens

UC Master Gardeners Gardening Education Center
2495 S. Delaware Ave., San Mateo, CA, 94403

  • The Gardening Education Center, located on the grounds of the San Mateo County Events Center is a demonstration and teaching garden where UC Master Gardener volunteers teach workshops and grow plants for their plant sales. See examples of a small fruit tree orchard, raised garden beds, season extension, Johnson-Su compost and greenhouses.
  • Please follow directions to the Jockey Club at the San Mateo Event Center.  Do not go to the San Mateo Event Center pay parking off of Saratoga. Enter from S. Delaware St. going toward the Jockey Club. After you enter the parking lot, drive immediately to the left where you will see a green lawn and large eucalyptus trees and the UC Master Gardeners GEC (Gardening Education Center).

The Phoenix Garden
222 Paul Scannell Dr. San Mateo

  • Located at the site of the San Mateo County Youth Services Center.
  • Look for the two large cypress trees and hte person in the yellow vest: for directions call

Pacifica Sanchez Library Garden
1111 Terra Nova Blvd. Pacifica.

  • A garden focused on growing fruits and vegetables for donation to the Pacifica Resource Center and low-income seniors.
  • Parking lot is in front of library.
  • Volunteer opportunities available all day.

Unity Lutheran Church
609 Southwood Dr., South San Francisco.

  • Unity Church began a garden to help support their free community meal offered to the public each month. They are looking to expand the space, inviting suggestions and volunteers for the effort. Come collaborate and visit their garden including their wild blackberry grove!
  • Park in the church parking lot – enter through the church – the garden is out back.
  • Tours will be given of the garden throughout the day.

Collective Roots
1785 Woodland Ave East Palo Alto.

  • Provides an opportunity for gardening skill-building, resource sharing and community empowerment in East Palo Alto. Collective Roots offers workshops, volunteer workdays, a tool lending library and free seeds to community members in addition to much more.
  • There will be a workshop from 10-11:30 AM and then an hour of volunteering 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Viveros (Urban Aquaponics)
792 Weeks Street, East Palo Alto.

  • Viveros is a community based nonprofit organization that aims to bring sustainable food production directly to homes and communities through the use of aquaponic systems.
  • Tours available at the top of each hour between 10 AM  and 2 PM.
  • Volunteer opportunities available.

Los Prados Community Garden
2375 Casa del Campo, San Mateo.

Pacifica Gardens
830 Rosita Road, Pacifica.

  • Pacifica Gardens’ flagship programs are its garden-based education field trips and food donation program. The education program hosts elementary school field trips from the local school district. The food donation program provides fresh organic produce to the Pacifica Resource Center, which serves families in need. We also offer educational opportunities for teens in our Youth Community Service program.
  • Located at the back of Linda Mar Education Center
  • The garden will feature both a tour and a workday activity.  For those who are interested in working in the garden, they will be planting their “pollinator garden”.

Coastside Lutheran Church
900 Cabrillo Hwy N., Half Moon Bay.

  • Coastside Lutheran Church is a spiritual harbor where all, without exception, are welcome and accepted with open arms. We seek to provide a loving community to everyone regardless of sex, race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, physical or mental ability, age, or station of life.
  • Tour our community garden, green house and grounds including our prayer labyrinth. Get tips for hot composting from our garden manager and see our worm farm in action. Also learn about how the garden provides environmental education opportunities for the children in the Head Start program that shares our campus and intersects with our twice weekly community breakfast.
  • Located just north of the intersection with Rt. 92 on the ocean side of Highway 1.