Community Organic Gardens

public enjoying gardenWelcome to Emeryville's Community Organic Gardens!



The City of Emeryville and community groups own and operate 3 community gardens within the city limits. Below is the basic information about the 3 gardens.

Please see our history, operating philosophy, and membership information pages for more details on these gardens. Contact information for each of the garden’s coordinators can be found on the right side of this page.

Emeryville Community Organic Garden

  • Located at 59th Street and Doyle Street
  • 30 garden plots
  • Membership available to Emeryville residents and those living in the immediate adjoining areas of Oakland in the 94608 zip code area.
  • Open to the public when garden members or Friends of the Garden are present.
  • Applications being accepted for waiting list    
  • Contact coordinator for info on becoming a Friend of the Garden.

Membership Information

Eligibility & Wait Lists

  • Membership in the gardens is granted to Emeryville residents and those living in the immediate adjoining areas of Oakland in the 94608 zip code area. The Temescal Creek garden has slightly different eligibility rules due to how it was funded-- first priority for plots will go to residents of 94608 who live in an area identified as a "disadvantaged community" as defined by California State Parks. Most of the area is on or east of San Pablo Avenue.
  • The 3 gardens combined serve approximately 85 people interested in community gardening. The original Emeryville Community Organic Garden on Doyle Street has a long waiting list, with a current wait of up to three years. Big Daddy's Complete Rejuvenating Community Garden and the Temescal Creek Community Organic Garden usually have shorter waiting lists.
  • Friend of the Garden is a special non-gardening membership category that allows access to the garden in exchange for being a host to visitors who stop by. Friends are people who enjoy spending time in the gardens at their convenience. They may or may not be residents of 94608, and often they are people who live or work in the vicinity of the individual gardens. In order to learn more, please contact the coordinator of the garden you are interested in.  

How To Join

Emeryville Community Organic Garden (Doyle Street) 

  • To be placed on the waiting list, you need to complete and return an ECOG application, which can be filled out online and emailed to coordinator Sam Foushee at the address below. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee that applies to your first year’s dues. It can be paid via PayPal at the address on the application. If you need to pay by check, please ask for the address when you email in your application.
    If you have any questions, you can contact Sam at slfoushee@comcast.net or by calling 510-393-6749.

Big Daddy's Complete Rejuvenating Community Garden 

  • To inquire about open spaces at this garden, contact coordinator Vickie Jo Sowell at vickiejosowell@hotmail.com or by calling 510-655-7374.

Temescal Creek Community Organic Garden

 

  • To be placed on the waiting list, you need to complete and return a TEMCOG application, which can be filled out online and emailed to membership chairman Aaron Feeney at the afeeney11@gmail.com. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee that applies to your first year’s dues. It can be paid via PayPal at the address on the application. If you need to pay by check, please ask for the address when you email in your application. If you have any questions, you can contact Aaron, or contact garden coordinator Baruch Golden at baruchg50@hotmail.com or by calling 415-810-9990.

 Fees


Emeryville Community Organic Garden (Doyle Street

  • $10 non-refundable application fee for waiting list
  • $50 annual membership dues (as of 3/2021)

Big Daddy's Complete Rejuvenating Community Garden

  • No application fee for waiting list
  • $50 annual membership dues (as of 11/2017)

Temescal Creek Community Organic Garden

  • $10 non-refundable application fee for waiting list
  • $40 annual membership dues (as of 11/2017)