18th and Rhode Island is a community-created permaculture food forest on Potrero Hill. It features an edible aquatic ecosystem that supports local wildlife, provides a unique microclimate in the garden for increased biodiversity, and creates much needed space for reflection and quiet contemplation of natural spaces within the larger urban ecosystem.
In 2008, an empty lot at 18th and Rhode Island was transformed into a lush food forest including rustic furniture with the support from San Francisco’s Planning Department, residents and students of the Urban Permaculture Institute.
Over several years, this 5000 sq ft site has evolved into a hub for community connection, ecological education, and sustainable design. It’s garden yields an abundance of produce that is donated to neighbors, local food activist organizations, and the many volunteers that help to keep it running.
SF Permaculture Guild supports events, projects and info-sharing opportunities around permaculture design based on a philosophy of ecological ethics of caring for people, caring for the earth and reinvesting of surplus. 18th and Rhode Island is the Guild’s official demonstration garden.
Volunteer Workdays each week: