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NOMADgardens creates instant community in neighborhoods with a moveable feast, garden and event space that sparks activity for local business.
Urban Matters
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members

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Our neighborhood is in flux... And we need YOUR help to turn our first vacant lot into an inspiring portable garden & community space!!!

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Since 2010 we’ve been dreaming of the day that our first portable community garden would be opened in Mission Bay. Portable?  Yes! The plots sit on shipping pallets and will move via forklift + truck, from vacant lot to vacant lot as Mission Bay develops. And it’s not just plots of dirt, this will be home to movie screenings, art shows, workshops, picnics and BBQs. And if NOMADgardens in Mission Bay succeeds, we will be able to create many more NOMADgardens in San Francisco and even in YOUR neighborhood!

After Stephanie, Design Urbanista and NOMAD’s founder, moved to Mission Bay, she fell in love with the area and it’s potential. But she grew tired of the 16 hours of purple haze from her electric garden and her creative juices started flowing.  What if the vacant lots in Mission Bay were activated into garden and event spaces? This would provide instant community where she could meet neighbors, grow food, host events and spark activity for the new local businesses! She shared the idea to design community guru and friend Katie Crepeau (now business partner) and together they launched the project.

Since then we have been hard at work with a group of amazing, dedicated volunteers. We settled on the first lot with Mission Bay Development Group at 4th Street and Mission Bay Blvd; gained approval from the City of San Francisco (HOORAY!); presented and gained support for NOMAD at community meetings and events; received backing from some amazing local San Francisco organizations; received material donations; AND have found our first 30 out of 210 Mission Bay resident gardeners who are ready to get some DIRT!

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Beyond being the COOLEST CAT IN TOWN, your support will get YOU and US these RAD things:

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Additionally, your contributions will go towards:

  • our fiscal sponsor administration fees
  • truck rental for transporting supplies
  • materials to construct our tool shed
  • annual compensation for our irrigation manager
  • compensation for our amazing campaign managers who are organizing, managing, and making our garden come to fruition

If you are unable to contribute monetarily, we are also in need of material + supply donations, volunteer help for construction, and more local gardeners!

Also, please don’t forget to share our campaign with your friends, family and fans with the Indiegogo share tools! (facebook, twitter, etc.)


Our goal is to have NOMADgardens in Mission Bay be a pilot project that any neighborhood, town or city can adopt to activate unused, open or blighted spaces with localized garden + agriculture food sources that will move and adapt within an urban fabric. NOMAD will become a host space for gatherings and events based around the garden that will inform, influence + affect future successful development while also building communities.

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NOMADgardens also reinforces Stephanie + Katie’s larger mission of empowering and establishing citizen-sustained communities, the mission of their design company Urban Matters design lab.

Stephanie is a change agent and design opportunist with a desire to facilitate projects that build community in both interior and exterior spaces. With 10 years of delivering exceptional projects in both architecture and urban design within the US and Europe, she is adept at managing projects that spark activity and connect us better to our environments and to each other. She is a lover of cities and so proud to call San Francisco home. Fun Factoid: She is an identical twin and loves to Hi 5!

A native Californian and travel aficionado, Katie has been designing + building since she had her first set of Legos. Her passion for finding opportunities to connect design professionals with under-served populations has grown as awareness of the disconnect between the architecture community’s typical clientele and the larger human population's needs is revealed. She is always keeping an eye out for inspiring projects + people making a positive contribution to our world. Fun Factoid: She loves to pickle, bake pies, + make truffle popcorn.

Love from San Francisco!

Stephanie + Katie

(Team Awesome)


Share this campaign with the tools below so that we can help build community, share amazing experiences and create a moveable feast here in Mission Bay!

Hi 5's to our STELLAR video crew:

Videographer: Julie Logan

Animator: Tori Main

Artwork: Stephanie Houston

Sound Equipment: Carmen Tedesco (Slow Food)

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raised by 65 people in 1 month
18% funded
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$25,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on December 11, 2012
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  • $10USD
    Instant Karma

    A fuzzy feeling that you helped create the garden

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    Shout-out on our website's supporter page

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    Rockin' custom designed tee to sport around town

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    Carry-all for your favorite things

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  • $250USD
    Community Plant in Your Name

    Your name inscribed on one of our community planters so you recognition is ever-present

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    Your Name Big + Bold

    Tool shed? Fence? Custom benches? You'll have to wait + see how we artistically honor your contribution

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    Dinner by a Chef

    The ULTIMATE reward: a local SF chef prepares dinner for you and 3 friends in the garden under the stars

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