NOMAD Gardens

NOMAD is a ‘roaming’ community garden sponsored in part by Slow Food SF

NOMADgardens, is a mission to find an empty lot in a developing neighborhood, fill it with portable plots of dirt and then invite the community in to build their gardens. More than just a garden, it is designed to be a hub for the community. Home to movie screenings, art shows, workshops and picnics or barbecues, NOMAD will roam seamlessly from vacant lot to vacant lot.

Slow Food San Francisco owns six NOMAD plots and will start a garden program later this summer. For more information about the Slow Food plots, please contact

Reserve your own plot at NOMADgardens please click here


Envisioned by finding beauty in the left over, NOMAD, seeks to enhance the ‘flux’ state of Mission Bay [MB] by taking advantage of the many open spaces it has to offer.

Because NOMADgardens will be transportable, durable, low maintenance and designed for all to enjoy, the garden can be placed in any ‘available’ parcel of MB and upon the parcels sale, easily transported to its new home.  To mark the community’s efforts, a ‘piece’ of the garden will be donated/planted and incorporated into the design of the new property.

To accommodate the transient nature of the neighborhood, the garden will be designed to accommodate a flux in gardeners, offering yearly and seasonal plots ‘for rent’.

NOMAD acts as seeds of future growth, improving the social fabric of the neighborhood.