304 North Cardinal St.
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Work Hours
Monday to Friday: 7AM - 7PM
Weekend: 10AM - 5PM

Year-Round Outdoor Program in SF

Urban Youth Ecology

Learn to design, build and maintain a diverse urban resilience garden through hands-on activity and guided discussions.

Engage the community through food security and urban resilience programs.

Connect what we learn to the urban fabric through projects that include community process, place making, and hands-on building.

The Garden is Our Classroom

Established in 2008, the 18th and Rhode Island Permaculture Garden in Potrero Hill, San Francisco has been evolving and maturing into what can now be called an Urban Food Forest.

We have over 40 fruit and nut trees on just 5,000 square feet, interplanted with a diverse array of support, productive, and native plants.

This site is a prime example of solid ecological design in practice and serves as our classroom for this hands-on garden design learning series.


To register or ask questions, please fill out the form.

Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm

+ 1 Monthly Community Day (see CURRICULUM)

Tuition is $200 per month

Building Resilience

San Francisco provides us a unique climate where we can garden through the entire year. In fact, winter is sometimes one of our most productive seasons.

Sometimes the urban lifestyle can provide us comforts that


Session are held once per week throughout the year to experience the outdoors and grow food in all seasons.

We hold sessions in most weather conditions, we will only cancel in extreme events because we don’t have a shelter. Appropriate outdoor gear and layers are recommended,

Participants are expected to provide their own personal gardening tools such as shears, gloves, etc.

Current Sessions

  • Each Wednesday

Major Topics

Designing with Ecology

  • Natural Patterns in the Urban Environment
  • Design Your Own Urban/Suburban Garden
  • Food Forest Design and Evolution
  • Permaculture Design

Water Strategies

  • Water Conservation and Food Production
  • Garden-scale Irrigation Strategies
  • Water Harvesting in the Urban/Suburban Environment

Soil Transformation & Maintenance

  • Building and Maintaining Soil Health
  • Compost and Worms
  • Compost Teas and Soil Amendments
  • Mycology for the Urban/Suburban Garden

Perennial Agriculture

  • The Value of Trees
  • Designing Guilds and Polycultures
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Year ‘Round Gardening


We send out occasional emails about our projects and interesting events in San Francisco that are related to our work and permaculture or ecology in general.

Send us a message


San Francisco Permaculture Guild

1388 Haight Street #223

San Francisco CA 94117

Tax ID: 27-0791019

‪(415) 891-9511‬