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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

USDA Educational Garden Homepage

USDA Educational Garden - Albany

Joint effort by the WRRC and PGEC

Part of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack's People's Garden Initiative

In collaboration with:

Gospel Flats Organic Farm

Ocean View Elementary School

UC Berkeley Field Services

Welcome to our Garden! 

Now that the construction is finishing up, we hope to have the full garden planted this year.  In the next few weeks we hope to have a tractor till up the soil and mulch in the spent winter crops.  We'll then rototill to prep it for crops.  We hope to get in some spring crops soon! 


If you are in the building, we invite you to join us and volunteer to tend the garden. If you are not so nearby, you are still very welcome to visit us online and watch our garden grow! For more info on our Garden, please see the Garden Info page.

Volunteer Requests 

While the garden is starting up, we will not have regular field tending sessions.  Notices of garden tending days will out out to the garden mailing list.  If you are in the building and interested in volunteering, please see the Volunteer page to get on our mailing list.

Latest Garden Announcements & Highlights

2/20/14: Held first garden meeting to brainstorm ideas and get the garden project moving again. 

6/6/13: Even though the garden is a little fenced-in at the moment, we still managed to plant several rows of brassicas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and kale), and a row of delicata squash, arugula and a few basil plants.  Thanks to our hardworking rototilling squad who had to rototill the field without the usual assistance from a tractor.  Hopefully we will get to plant the rest of the garden soon and get at least a few crops this year.

10/13/12: We're in the news again! Mary Flaherty has written a wonderful article about us in the local e-newsletter, The Albany Patch. For that and other articles about our garden, please see the Articles and Press page.

About the Garden 

Garden Wishlist (can you donate any of these items?)

Garden Info (History of Garden, Donation Info, What we grow)

Photo Galleries (animated gif slideshows)


Volunteering (we love volunteers! be first in line for produce!)

Photo Story of Garden's beginning

Planting Layouts

Articles and Press


Helpful Info

Gardening Tips and Guidelines (Bay Area climate-specific planting guide links and files)

Recipes (we'd love to see your recipes too!)

Website Updates


Last Modified: 2/20/2014
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