Spiral Gardens Herb Bed

"I just visited this "feel at home" garden and got myself 2 tree collards and a red currant vine...feeling excited!"

~ R.N., Berkeley


"I really enjoyed my first visit today and all the plants growing there. Daniel was so helpful with information about starting a Autumn and Winter Garden. I'll be back for more seedlings :-)"

~ M.D., Berkeley


"Spiral Gardens never fails to lift my spirits, blow my mind and engage my heart with all that is right and wonderful with life in the East Bay. Thank you for all you do and for who you are!"

~ A.R., Oakland





Our History
Spiral Gardens was originally founded in 1993 by a handful of individuals dedicated to urban greening, innovative organic farming methods, food security, and environmental justice issues. It was melded with the Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) Urban Gardening Institute from 1997 through 2004.

In 2003, two vacant city-owned lots on the former Santa Fe Railroad line became a model urban garden center. We accomplished this through a use permit process that included a door-to-door survey of hundreds of neighborhood residents. And, with their overwhelming approval—as well as that of neighborhood councils, a long list of local organizations and merchants, the Parks and Recreation Commission, and the City of Berkeley Planning Department—the proposal was passed unanimously by the Berkeley City Council.

In 2004, we officially incorporated as the Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.