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Year-Round Local Resources

Gardening is a safe way to stay active and healthy during the pandemic. The following lists can help you find compost, seeds, and get tips from other gardeners:

Connect with StopWaste about Gardening

Check out the links below if you would like to connect with StopWaste about gardening.

  • East Bay Garden Friends Facebook Group: This East Bay Garden Friends group is meant for new and experienced home and community gardeners in the East Bay, CA who focus on building healthy soil while also growing plants. 
  • StopWaste At Home E-Newsletter: Sign up to get tips for sustainable living in Alameda County, delivered to your inbox! 

StopWaste Gardening Resources

Check out the downloadable tools below for tips on building healthy soil and growing a beautiful garden.

Tools for Building Healthy Soil

Learn more about building healthy soil and find tips to help you get started in your garden. This guide introduces soil building strategies including composting, sheet mulching and cover cropping.



Now That Your Lawn is Gone have transformed your lawn into a garden, but now what? This brochure covers how to maintain your garden after sheet mulching and includes a calendar of tasks so that you will be ready for every season.



Bay-Friendly Gardening Guide: From Your Backyard to the Bay

This 70+ page guide is written for the home gardener and provides how-to information, a design survey, profiles of East Bay gardens, and much more.



Healthy Soils Activity Guide

Wondering about the health of your soil? This interactive guide provides activities for you to engage and observe various aspects of your soil. Do just one activity or them all, at a pace that suits you.



Cover Crops: Plants with a Helpful Purpose

Growing cover crops is an excellent practice for all gardeners with an interest in building healthy soil, and especially for growing food. This handout covers the basics and gets you started with step-by-step guidance.



On-Farm Composting Toolkit

This in-depth guide can answer all of your compost questions. Whether you are an urban farmer, community gardener, or a backyard homesteader, this toolkit supports you in becoming an expert composter.



Kit de Herramientas Sobre El Compostaje En-Granja

El objetivo de este kit de herramientas es proporcionar un enfoque práctico paso a paso para los agricultores urbanos de cualquier escala para comenzar el compostaje en la granja agrícola, evaluar y mejorar el sistema existente, y convertirse en maestros compostadores.



Webinar Resources

We encourage you to check out our Healthy Soils Webinar Series, which includes our Healthy Soils, Backyard Composting, and Worm Composting webinars, plus all of the soil building resources mentioned in the webinars.

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Local Partner Nurseries:

Our partner nurseries stock diverse Bay-Friendly plants and supplies that can help make your garden succesful. Be sure to call before visiting as hours, inventory, and services may change.

(925) 447-0280
981 Alden Lane, Livermore
Open Friday through Monday, 9 am to 4 pm
(510) 797-3700
3700 Thornton Ave, Fremont
Open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 9 pm; and Saturday & Sunday, 7 am to 7 pm
(510) 845-6490
2332 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 am to 3:45 pm
(510) 632-1522
350 San Leandro, Blvd.
Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
(510) 652-1936
4001 Grand Ave, Oakland
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 6:30 pm; and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm
(510) 387-9744
702 Channing Way, Berkeley
Open Thursday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
(510) 755-1102
2701 Main St, Alameda
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
(510) 686-3493
2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland
Open Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 6pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
(510) 234-2222
601A Canal Blvd., Richmond
Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm  

Bulk Garden Suppliers:

Check out the Lawn to Garden Marketplace for a complete directory of Bay Area sources for bulk recycled compost, mulch, and sheet mulch materials and visit the FAQ section for tips for buying bulk compost.

Here are some of our partner vendors who carry great products for home gardeners:  

Seed Catalogs:

Local Urban Farms and Community Partners

These partner organizations produce and distribute healthy food, provide essential services, community education, and resources, and are neighborhood models of carbon farming.

(510) 239-PICK (7425)
Alameda Backyard Growers is a network of gardeners that donate extra produce to the Alameda Food Bank and provide free seed libraries in self-service kiosks around town.
(510) 898-7856
2600 Barbers Point Rd, Alameda, CA 94501
Farm2Market trains community residents as farmers to grow and sell produce through a CSA and fund their community housing project.
8601 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94605
The Castlemont Farm and Garden is an on-campus 1 acre farm collaborative between the Castleworks program and Oakland Leaf’s Love Cultivating Schoolyards program. Students are deeply involved in cultivating the farm and sharing produce through a CSA program.
(510) 762-4241
2847 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94608
City Slicker Farms supports West Oakland residents to grow their own food through garden construction, mentorships, hosting workshops, and distributing produce.
(510) 626-5789
2700 Fairmont Dr, San Leandro, CA 94578 (Food Hub)
Dig Deep Farms collaborates with the Deputy Sheriff’s Activity League to grow and distribute food through community farm stands, and supports community health with the Food As Medicine program.
1660 Freisman Rd, Livermore, CA 94551
A project of Crosswinds Church, Eden Garden gathers community partners and volunteers to assist in growing healthy, nutritious food to be distributed to local food banks.
55 Mowry Ave, Fremont, CA 94536
Fremont LEAF’s Stone Garden and Bee Sanctuary grow organic food for donation to food pantries, provide low cost plant sales, and educational workshops on home gardening and sustainable living.
Hummingbirds is a collective of Black families and children dedicated to supporting the education, empowerment and success of young people through community farming and land stewardship.
(510) 430-2230
5000 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94613
Mills Community Farm collaborates with students enrolled in the Campus Farm Practicum to grow produce for campus dining services and sell at a weekly farm stand.

Planting with Compost

Give your plants a boost by adding compost when you plant.

Planting with Compost