Collective Roots Community Garden

Collective Roots maintains the only community garden in East Palo Alto at our office on Woodland Ave. The Center for Urban Agriculture includes a half-acre demonstration farm and a community garden with 16 plots. Email the Backyard Gardener Network Team at if you’d like to join!

In addition to the community garden at the Center for Urban Agriculture, Collective Roots helps support multiple gardens at community partner sites around East Palo Alto, including Ravenswood Family Health Center, Free at Last (a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program), and Runnymede Gardens (a low-income senior apartment complex).

Interested in volunteering to help support and maintain these bountiful community gardens? Check out our volunteer information and submit a volunteer application online.

Read about these community gardens in the news!
Food System Change is a Healthcare Priority (Ravenswood Family Health Center newsletter)
Farming in a food desert: East Palo Alto gardens take root (KALW radio piece)

31 New Garden Beds at Friendship Park

Collective Roots added 31 new garden beds to its roster of community gardens this week. The beds, along with a new playground, were installed at Redwood City’s Friendship Park. Collective Roots will be partnering with the park and other community … Continue reading

Urban Farms and Agriculture in Silicon Valley

Kris Jensen, Collective Roots’ executive director, represented our work in a profile of urban farms and agriculture on metroactive. “The food produced by our industrial agriculture system, while incredibly cheap due in part to government subsidies, has alienated us from … Continue reading

New community garden at the David Lewis Community Reentry Program

GoStanford.  March 18, 2013. Stanford’s Cardinal for the Community program (C4C) worked with Collective Roots on Saturday to install a garden at the Community Reentry Program of East Palo Alto -a social service agency for parolees and youth on probation. … Continue reading

Farming in a food desert: East Palo Alto gardens take root

KALW.  January 17, 2012. The Collective Roots headquarters, which doubles as a community gardening space, is easy to find. It’s just a few blocks away from the Bayshore freeway. It’s no bigger than your typical front yard, but with more tomatoes. The … Continue reading

Food System Change is a healthcare priority

Ravenswood Family Health Center quarterly newsletter.  Fall 2011. Maria Garcia is a patient of RFHC, a diabetic, who loves to garden.  She has produced an abundance of tomatoes and beans this summer, grown from seedlings given her by Collective Roots, … Continue reading