Replanting San Francisco’s Free Farm in churches and missions

Posted on November 18, 2013

The Free Farm (also here) — an urban garden located on the corner of Gough and Eddy Streets in San Francisco — has deep Diocese of California roots. The Rev. Joshua (“Griff”) Griffin (now residing in Portland, Ore.) and the Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain were among the founders of the Free Farm in 2010. In three short years, the Farm has produced more than 10,000 pounds of produce which has been given away to San Franciscans in need.

In December 2013 the Farm will close as the site is developed for affordable housing and a new church for St. Paulus Lutheran. In the last month, an array of Episcopal churches and missions have graciously adopted plants from the Farm for planting in their gardens.

Places where Free Farm adopted plants will thrive are St. James, St. John the Evangelist, Holy Innocents, St. Gregory of Nyssa, Incarnation, St. Francis, Grace Cathedral, and St. Aidan’s in San Francisco. Abundance Community Homestead at Bayview Mission, the Sisters of St. Francis, and Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, also adopted plants. And a special plant called rue –  fabled to “ward away evil spirits” — went to Bishop Marc’s garden.

Thankful praise goes to our creator God for this “replanting” of the Free Farm’s plants and message of hope. For information about the Free Farm, contact the Rev. Margaret Dyer-Chamberlain at

St. James, San Francisco

St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco


Church of the Incarnation, San Francisco

Grace Cathedral

St. Aidan’s, San Francisco

Abundance Community Homestead
at Bayview Mission

Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos

Rue to Bishop Marc and Sheila Andrus’ garden