TNDC’s Tenderloin People’s Garden

San Francisco’s Tenderloin District is one of the only neighborhoods in the city of San Francisco without a full-service grocery store, making access to fresh, affordable food a daily struggle for the many low-income residents of the Tenderloin. Over 30,000 residents, including families and children, live in the Tenderloin.

The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) gardening began with the TNDC Tenderloin People’s Garden in 2010: A vacant lot near San Francisco’s City Hall transformed into what is now a vibrant and vital community garden. Located on the corner of Larkin and McAllister Streets, the TNDC Tenderloin People’s Garden was created as part of TNDC’s work for food justice, promoting a more equitable food system that prioritizes all people’s access to the basic human right of healthy food.  The garden brings together hundreds of volunteers of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses to grow food and build community.

Since 2010, TNDC’s gardening has expanded to four TNDC rooftop gardens on TNDC buildings in the heart of San Francisco. All five of TNDC’s gardens produce approximately 2,500 pounds of food, which is distributed to over 400 people for free per year.


The corner of Larkin & McAllister Streets, San Francisco

Join us to create a solution to hunger in the Tenderloin!

There is always work to be done at the Tenderloin People’s Garden, and volunteers are welcome.

Individual Volunteering (Drop-In)

Tenderloin People’s Garden Open Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 10 am – 12 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 3 pm – 5 pm

Harvest Days
Harvest Days are every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month (with the exception of rainy days)
9:30 am-12:00 pm

General Garden and Individual Drop-In Volunteer Questions

Sarah Skinker
Urban Agriculture Supervisor

Corporate Group Volunteering

We can accommodate groups of up to six people for volunteering in the TNDC Tenderloin People’s Garden on our Harvest Days. Harvest Days are every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, with the exception of rainy days. The Urban Agriculture team will guide you in harvesting, cleaning, prepping, and distributing seasonal veggies to the immediate community. This is a great chance to work outside together, among our regular volunteers, and get to know TNDC a little bit better.

Maivy Xuan Nguyen
Volunteer and Corporate Outreach Coordinator


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