As we work to build sustainable food systems, urban agriculture and community gardens provide education, economic and health benefits for San Franciscans. Our agency has developed the following programs that support the efficient use of water in urban agriculture, demonstration, or community gardens.
NEW! Community Garden Irrigation Meter Grant Program
We are excited to announce the launch of a new grant program designed to help urban agriculture projects and community and demonstration gardens better track and manage their irrigation water use. This grant program offers a subsidized installation of a dedicated irrigation water service and meter for qualifying applicants. Grant funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete and submit the application below if your garden meets the eligibility requirements and grant terms.
Compliance with the Water Efficient Irrigation Ordinance
As new agriculture or community gardens are established, so are edible plants that typically require more water. For new garden projects over 1,000 square feet, our agency has developed a streamlined process for compliance with the Water Efficient Irrigation Ordinance. Prior to installing irrigation or plantings, complete and submit the application form below for compliance with the Water Efficient Irrigation Ordinance.
Urban agriculture and community garden projects are also required to stay within a calculated water budget, also called a Maximum Applied Water Allowance (MAWA). The water budget sets an annual amount of water to be used at the garden for proper health and maintenance of plants. For examples on how to calculate your garden’s water budget, click here.
Irrigation Training Opportunities
We strongly encourage the irrigation managers or community members that maintain an urban agriculture or community garden to receive training on water efficient irrigation techniques and water-wise landscaping practices. A list of training opportunities can be found below: