The Golden Gate Ecology Center was a resource center for urban agriculture, permaculture, and organic gardening in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park created through direct action. Located at 780 Frederick Street, the center hosted a greenhouse that acted as a nursery for perennial edibles and other plant starts. The seed library offered free seed for people to bring to their gardens to plant throughout the city. The tool share was a collection of tools for gardening and other uses where neighbors could come pick up shovels, wheel barrows, and more for creating other gardens in the city. The ecology center library hosted books on urban homesteading, organic gardening, and growing food in an ecologically regenerative way.
The Golden Gate Ecology Center included:
-a place to pick up free soil, compost, and wood chips
-a seed library
-a tool share.
-a library on permaculture, urban homesteading, ecology
The Ecology Center hosted native, edible, and medicinal gardens, a demonstration rainwater catchment system, and greenhouse. The center was a place you could contact or visit to learn about ecology, environment, and gardening, and hosted a library on these subjects.
On October 2nd, we installed a rainwater catchment system with the help of Apryl Uncapher, author of the book Rain Gardens
The system catches all the water that falls on the roof of one of the shipping containers at the Recycling Center and captures it in gutters which lead to a rain barrel for collection. One can then fill watering cans out of this barrel, or lead a hose directly to a garden bed.