CHIPS & MULCH
Free mulch is available from most tree trimmers IF you are able to accept a dump of 12 cubic yards at your location; watch for them chopping or trimming a tree in your neighborhood. If time is not of essence go online to Get Chip Drop and they’ll contact you when a local trimmer has a load; BE ADVISED, you won’t know when the drop will be. Either way, expect to get a combination of chips and mulch which you’ll need to sort through. You might entice them to bring either chips or mulch with a cash incentive but possiblY not – remember, this is “free”.
Redwood City has mulch available, informally, sometimes in a shipping container in Red Morton near the Valota Rd entrance. They will leave the excess not needed by the park at that container.
Redwood City residents are welcome to pick up free compost daily, year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center. 333 Shoreway Road, San Carlos on Weekdays 6am – 6pm & Weekends 8am – 5pm. Proof of residency required. Residents are allowed two 3-cubic feet paper bags of compost, which is equivalent to two 22-gallon garbage carts. Paper bags and shovels are provided. Contact the Shoreway Environmental Center at (650) 802-8355.
Redwood City also has a compost dump box for free to residents to pick up concurrent with the Spring Hazardous Waste drop-off event at the Public Works Department on Broadway. Bring your own containers.
LANDSCAPE & BUILDING MATERIALS
Driftwood Salvage has home demolition sales on a regular basis where you can find lumber and often landscaping items such as bricks, rocks, stones, etc at excellent prices They also maintain three yards with limited weekend hours.
Redwood City (& nearby) residents can free-offer or exchange your produce (& seedlings) through the Redwood City Backyard Fruit Exchange.
Join hands to harvest fruit trees for Second Harvest and St. Anthony Soup Kitchen. Contact them if you’d like to have a crew come harvest your trees. They harvest from Gilroy to San Mateo. Visit Village Harvest.
Do you like to harvest falling fruit for your own use, on the fly? Do you have a tree you’re willing to let others harvest from anytime that is easily accessible? Check out Falling Fruit for local gardens, for the bigger picture.
If you’re unable to afford fresh produce, CalFresh is a supplemental food program to help individuals and families get the food they need to stay healthy. The CalFresh benefit is provided in an EBT debit card that looks like any other debit card. You can use it to purchase groceries and fresh produce at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets just like you would any other debit card.It easy to make healthy choices because you can shop for the nutritious foods you and your family prefer. CalFresh public assistance benefits through Second Harvest Food Bank
If you want to garden at home in limited space, check out the Guide to Container Gardens
For local gardening materials check out these local free/low cost gardening resources.
The best gardening advice, classes and plant clinics that focus on Bay Area microclimates are to be found from the Master Gardener’s of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties. If you’d like to speak to someone in person, drop by the Veterans Memorial Sr. Center in Redwood City on Thursday mornings, 9am-noon.
STARTING COMMUNITY GARDENS IN YOUR LOCALE
The original community-wide garden concept at Incredible Edible Todmorden
A unique model for getting good food into a community’s hands enlisting unused backyards and any spare inch of growing space. How to Start a CSA Even if You Don’t Have a Farm
If you’d like to start a program in your own local, read Cultivating Community Gardens: The Role of Local Governments in Creating Healthy, Livable Neighborhoods.