How DUG supports

our gardens

  • Cultivates community-driven garden leadership, including volunteer gardener leader recruitment and placement
  • Provides garden maintenance support
  • Provides fiscal management of garden accounts (when requested)
  • Provides liability insurance coverage for gardens and serve as liaison between gardens and city officials, agencies and water providers
  • Establishes working relations with garden property owner agencies and negotiate and maintain garden site use agreements
  • Coordinates volunteer groups and supervise large maintenance and improvement projects
  • Mediates inter-community gardener conflicts as requested
  • Organizes peer-to-peer networking and learning events for gardeners and garden leaders

Interested in joining a DUG garden?

Learn more about our gardens and how to join

2021 Baseline Infrastructure Initiative

In 2020, DUG sought feedback from more than 500 stakeholders in order to gain insight into how our community members felt about DUG. The feedback had a common theme: community gardeners and Garden Leaders wanted and needed more of DUG.
They asked for more support, education, leadership training, community building, and to ensure equity across the network. In response, DUG is expanding program work through a Baseline Infrastructure Initiative (BII).
The BII has four key elements: DUG Corps, the Francisco Cordero Apprenticeship, Garden Improvements, and DUG Data. DUG plans to implement and increase this program over the next three years.
The goal of the BII is that every DUG garden thrives with optimal yield. We strongly believe that this will happen with improved people resources and physical resources for each garden, in order to overcome historical challenges.

Key outcomes include:


All garden plots are fully utilized. To achieve this outcome, DUG will provide translators and on-the-ground support for plot applications to overcome language and technology barriers, develop and distribute multilingual resources for DUG mentorship and educational programming, recruit stronger representational leadership at all gardens, and provide support for community-building events including through DUG Corps and paid apprentices.

All gardens meet a baseline physical infrastructure standard. This entails completing regular repairs and improvements to all gardens, regardless of ability to pay.