Alemany Farm

Irrigation Workshop this Saturday!

By The Farm Team | July 15, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

There are just a couple of spaces left for this Saturday’s workshop on irrigation and water management, offered by our resident irrigation expert. Class size is limited—this is a great chance to focus in close and get practical knowledge on various irrigation systems in use at Alemany Farm, and then get some hands-on practice installing a small system. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn how this can be applied to your own garden. And in next month’s workshop, you’ll have a chance to explore the farm’s native plant areas with two of the folks who’ve helped create and maintain them. Learn about the drought tolerant plants that are native to San Francisco and California, and how they can be used in various settings.

This weekend:

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. See how we do it at the Farm. We will cover: options for low-volume garden irrigation (emitter line/drip tape/micro-spray); mist systems for greenhouses; small orchard layouts; considerations for zoning systems, including manual and automatic controls; basics of assembling a drip system; hands-on installation of a small system; soil moisture and watering schedules. Class size limited to 8 people.
John Stokes is a co-founder of The Urban Farmer Store and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

Coming up next month:

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructors: Jim Cartan & Vicki Wilderman
This workshop will focus on how native plants can be used to enhance yards and gardens or other spaces. Join these experienced native plant stewards to explore the native areas at the Farm and learn about the benefits of and various uses for native plants. Bring your curiosity and your questions!
Jim Cartan is manager of Alemany Farm’s native plant demonstration garden,and Vicki Wilderman is a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.
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How to Register for Workshops:

Send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop(s) you’d like to attend.

Suggested donation: $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds
Our workshop presenters are volunteering their time; all donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Advanced online donations are preferred. You can make a donation on our online donation page. In the “in honor of” field on the donation form, please enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can bring check or cash to the workshop. Checks should be payable to San Francisco Parks Alliance.)

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Join us for the following upcoming regular community workdays:

Sunday, July 20, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, July 21, 1 - 5pm
Saturday, July 26, Noon - 5pm
Monday, July 28, 1 - 5pm
Sunday, August 3, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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Sunday July 6th: Water Gardening Workshop

By The Farm Team | July 3, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

If you’re in town for the holiday weekend, consider joining us at the farm for this workshop focusing on the benefits and uses of aquatic plants. It’s also a rare chance to do a little work in the farm pond! Join us for the workshop, then stay for the community harvest at the end of the workday.

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Brett Stephens

Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

To register for the workshop, send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop you’d like to attend.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds. If you are able to make a donation, you may do so on our online donation page, or with cash or check at the workshop. Checks should be payable to our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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You can also visit the farm for these upcoming community workdays:

Sunday, July 6, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, July 12, Noon - 5pm
Monday, July 14, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, July 20, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

We hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Summer is Blooming at the Farm

By The Farm Team | June 19, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Don’t forget about the water-focused gardening workshops coming up in July. Details are below. (Please note: the irrigation workshop is on July 19, not the 20th, as was erroneously listed in an earlier email.) Considering we’re in the dry season of a serious drought year, these workshops can help you learn about caring for and utilizing water responsibly.

But coming up right away we have our regular community workday this Saturday, June 21st (Noon - 5pm). It’s also the summer solstice, which means it’s a little special, too. So we’ll be doing some summer garden chores, but then we’ll break a little early to enjoy some snacks and socializing in the farm’s new outdoor kitchen. If you’re around, please join us to mark the “height of the light” — work with us in the garden (which is blooming into summer lushness), then enjoy some refreshments and community in the kitchen later in the afternoon. If you’d like to bring a snack or beverage to share, you’re welcome and encouraged to do so, but it’s not necessary, as we’ll have some on hand, including some fresh farm fare.

If you can’t join us on Saturday, there are these other upcoming workdays:

Monday, June 23, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, June 28, Noon - 5pm
Sunday, July 6, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm - 5pm

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

If you need more incentive to join us, check out these lovely photos taken recently by an observant visitor to the farm.

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July Gardening Workshops:

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Brett Stephens
Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. See how we do it at the Farm. We will cover: options for low-volume garden irrigation (emitter line/drip tape/micro-spray); mist systems for greenhouses; small orchard layouts; considerations for zoning systems, including manual and automatic controls; basics of assembling a drip system; hands-on installation of a small system; soil moisture and watering schedules. Class size limited to 8 people.
John Stokes is a co-founder of The Urban Farmer Store and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

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How to Register for Workshops:

Send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop(s) you’d like to attend.

Suggested donation: $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds
Our workshop presenters are volunteering their time; all donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Advanced online donations are preferred. You can make a donation on our online donation page. In the “in honor of” field on the donation form, please enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop.)

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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Upcoming Workshops & Thank You to Rebuilding Together

By The Farm Team | June 8, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

If you haven’t been to the farm yet this spring, you should come out and see the amazing work Rebuilding Together did on a number of projects on Rebuilding Day, April 26th. A team of about 70 energetic volunteers came out to work on several big projects, including completely rebuilding our footbridge and a stairway to the lower garden, reconstructing the doorway to our wheelbarrow bin, plus putting up the beautiful Alemany Farm sign designed and created by students from California College of the Arts. They also helped weed and mulch all of our lower orchard, and even left us with a nice improvised stone bench in the shade! All of this was done at no cost to us, and certainly much faster than we could ever have done it ourselves. Big big thanks to the volunteers from Rebuilding Together for choosing us as one of their projects, and for your incredible work at the farm!

One opportunity to spend some time at the farm soon would be these upcoming gardening workshops. In July you can delve into two different approaches to water management with these two knowledgeable instructors. Check out the descriptions below, along with info on how to sign up.

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Brett Stephens

Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. See how we do it at the Farm. We will cover: options for low-volume garden irrigation (emitter line/drip tape/micro-spray); mist systems for greenhouses; small orchard layouts; considerations for zoning systems, including manual and automatic controls; basics of assembling a drip system; hands-on installation of a small system; soil moisture and watering schedules. Class size limited to 8 people.
John Stokes is a co-founder of The Urban Farmer Store and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.
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How to Register for Workshops:

Send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop(s) you’d like to attend.

Suggested donation: $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds
Our workshop presenters are volunteering their time; all donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Advanced online donations are preferred. You can make a donation on our online donation page. In the “in honor of” field on the donation form, please enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop.)

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Even if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can join us at one of our upcoming community workdays:

Monday, June 9, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, June 15, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Saturday, June 21, Noon - 5pm
Monday, June 23, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, June 28, Noon - 5pm
Sunday, July 6, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm - 5pm

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon! (And we’re easier to find now, with our big beautiful sign in place by the entrance!)

The Farm Team

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Soil Fertility Workshop this Saturday!

By The Farm Team | May 7, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Don’t forget about our first seasonal gardening workshop this Saturday at Alemany Farm. It’s all about soil, so come get your hands dirty and learn some fundamentals!

It Starts with the Soil: Composting 101 and Soil Fertility for Your Garden
Saturday, May 10, 11 am – 3 pm
Instructor: Jason Mark
If you want to have healthy plants, you need healthy soil. This workshop will cover the basics of maintaining soil fertility, including annual cover cropping, compost building, and soil testing.
Jason Mark is a co-founder of Alemany Farm and a veteran urban gardener.

To sign up: Send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshop presenters are volunteering their time; all donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Advanced online donations are preferred. You can make a donation on our online donations page. In the “in honor of” field on the donation form, please enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop. Checks should be payable to our fiscal sponsor, San Francisco Parks Alliance, with Friends of Alemany Farm noted on the memo line.)

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If you can’t make it on Saturday, you can join us for one of these upcoming community work days:

Saturday, May 10, Noon - 5pm
Monday, May 12, 1 - 5pm
Sunday, May 18, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, May 19, 1 - 5pm
Saturday, May 24, Noon - 5pm

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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Spring/Summer Gardening Workshops start May 10th!

By The Farm Team | April 25, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

PLEASE NOTE: We will NOT have our regularly scheduled workday this Saturday, April 26. Join us on Monday, or the following Sunday, May 4.

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Earth Day celebration last weekend. Whether you came to do farm chores, make music, make food, lead fun activities, share your green technology, or just hang out and enjoy the farm, thanks for joining us and making it a special day! And what a great chance to break in our new outdoor kitchen with salad making, grilling, eating, socializing, and general community-making! We also want to thank our event co-sponsors: the Alemany Residents Council and the SF Professional Gardeners Association. Friends of Alemany Farm is also grateful for the support of our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Spring/Summer Gardening Workshops at Alemany Farm

We passed out flyers at our Earth Day event about our upcoming series of gardening workshops, and now we want to share it with you here. The first workshop is coming up soon on Saturday, May 10. Appropriately, it’s all about soil basics, which is a great place to start, no matter what the size of your garden or level of experience. (Or even if you just want to learn more about what it takes to grow the food we eat.)

Read about the upcoming May 10th workshop and the others in our lineup, along with how to register:

First up!:
It Starts with the Soil: Composting 101 and Soil Fertility for Your Garden

Saturday, May 10, 11 am – 3 pm
Instructor: Jason Mark
If you want to have healthy plants, you need healthy soil. This workshop will cover the basics of maintaining soil fertility, including annual cover cropping, compost building, and soil testing.
Jason Mark is a co-founder of Alemany Farm and a veteran urban gardener.

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm

Instructor: Brett Stephens
Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. See how we do it at the Farm. We will cover: options for low-volume garden irrigation (emitter line/drip tape/micro-spray); mist systems for greenhouses; small orchard layouts; considerations for zoning systems, including manual and automatic controls; basics of assembling a drip system; hands-on installation of a small system; soil moisture and watering schedules. Class size limited to 8 people.
John Stokes is a co-founder of The Urban Farmer Store and a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Instructors: Jim Cartan & Vicki Wilderman
This workshop will focus on how native plants can be used to enhance yards and gardens or other spaces. Join these experienced native plant stewards to explore the native areas at the Farm and learn about the benefits of and various uses for native plants. Bring your curiosity and your questions!
Jim Cartan is manager of Alemany Farm’s native plant demonstration garden,and Vicki Wilderman is a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.
________________

How to Register for Workshops:

Send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop(s) you’d like to attend.

Suggested donation: $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds
Our workshop presenters are volunteering their time; all donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Advanced online donations are preferred. You can make a donation on our online donation page. In the “in honor of” field on the donation form, please enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop.)

Thank you for your interest. We hope you’ll join us for a workshop (or a few)!

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Join us for the following upcoming regular community workdays:

Monday, April 28, 1 - 5pm
Sunday, May 4, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, May 5, 1 - 5pm
Saturday, May 10, Noon - 5pm
Monday, May 12, 1 - 5pm
Sunday, May 18, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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This Saturday: Earth Day at Alemany Farm

By The Farm Team | April 15, 2014

Dear Farm Friends:

Please join us this Saturday, April 19th for our springtime tradition:

8th Annual Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 19, 11am - 5pm
at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF
FREE
- check out the event flyer -

Here’s what’s slated:

Food: BBQ & potluck picnic (we’ll have spit-roast pig, smoked meat and veggies, BBQ items, and fresh tossed farm salad) — please bring a side dish or dessert to share for the potluck (1pm-ish)

Music: Hawaiian ukulele & singing with JTown Hui (Noon); old-time bluegrass with The Knuckle Knockers (early afternoon)

Work: Farm tasks in the lower garden and native plant areas (11am - 1pm) — work up an appetite before lunch!

Play: T-shirt stenciling (bring your own shirt); Face painting

Tours & Demos: Farm tours (11:30am & 3pm); Herb walk & tea making (2:30pm); Solar oven demo & solar oven goodies

…and Community, of course!

You’ll also have a chance to check out our new outdoor kitchen space, which we’ll be using for the first time!

- In the spirit of Earth Day, please bring your own reusable utensils, cups, & plates, if possible. -

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be workdays on Sunday, April 20 or Saturday April 26!

But you can join us for these other upcoming workdays:

Monday, April 21, 1pm - 5pm
Monday, April 28, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, May 4, Noon - 5pm (including work in the medicinal herb garden)
Monday, May 5, 1pm - 5pm

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Get ready for our upcoming series of spring/summer workshops starting in May! Workshop topics will include Soil Fertility; Native Plants; Aquaculture; and Irrigation. We’ll have a detailed roster available at the Earth Day celebration, and online soon thereafter.

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Thank you as always for your support of urban agriculture in SF. We hope to see you at the farm on Earth Day and beyond!

The Farm Team

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Save the Date for Alemany Farm’s Earth Day Celebration, April 19!

By The Farm Team | April 4, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Mark your calendars for our 8th annual Earth Day Celebration, Saturday April 19th, 11 am to 5 pm! More details to come, but as usual we’ll have a BBQ and potluck picnic with a fresh farm salad, along with farm chores, farm tours, an herb walk, and activities for people of all ages. Plus live music from the Knuckle Knockers and JTown Hui! Stay tuned for more info, and please join us!

Would you like to help out at the event? We’re looking for a few folks to help out with a shift at the welcome table (greet visitors, explain activities, give directions); to help with the potluck area (setup, staffing, cleanup); or to help with general cleanup at end of day. If you’re interested, please email us at community.gardeners@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you with more details.

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In the meantime, come out and join us for any of these upcoming regularly scheduled workdays:

Sunday, April 6, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, April 7, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, April 12, Noon - 5pm
Monday, April 13, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, April 19, 11am - 5pm EARTH DAY CELEBRATION!
Note: Sunday, April 20 workday cancelled
Monday, April 21, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, April 26, Noon - 5pm
Monday, April 28, 1pm - 5pm
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Thank you as always for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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Join us in March at Alemany Farm!

By The Farm Team | March 5, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Thank you to everyone who’s been out to the farm to volunteer so far this year, including those of you who joined Brett for pond cleanup this past month. Thanks to your work and the blessing of recent rains, the pond looks replenished and is alive with the sound of red wing blackbirds staking out territory for their annual nesting and breeding season. And the turtles look happy sunning on their little island.

There’s more rain to come, but it should be cleared up in time for this Sunday’s workday. Join us then (you can check out our new composting setup!) or at one of these other upcoming workdays:

Sunday, March 2, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, March 3, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, March 8, Noon - 5pm
Monday, March 9, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, March 16, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, March 17, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, March 22, Noon - 5pm
Monday, March 23, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, March 29, Noon - 5pm
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Thank you as always for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you soon!
The Farm Team

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Opening the New Year at Alemany Farm

By The Farm Team | January 20, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Happy new year to all of you! And thank you to everyone who made a year end donation in recent weeks; we’re truly grateful for your generosity, and pleased that we were able to give away all 5 copies of the Alemany Harvest Cook Book handmade by CCA students! Of course, it’s never too late to support the farm — you can make an online gift anytime on the donation page of our website.

Since we seem to be heading deeper and deeper into drought, now is certainly a good a time to think about and involve ourselves with water, and to care for our water resources. So you may be interested in our upcoming pond clean up day, in conjunction with our regular community workday on Saturday, Feb 8. Details are below. Also, don’t forget that on the 1st Sunday of each month, there’s a chance to work in our medicinal herb garden with Aaron and Dominique (1-5pm). And on 3rd Sundays, you can join Jim, Craig, and Alemany Natives in caring for our native plant areas.

We’re excited about the year ahead. In the coming weeks we’ll have news about the opening of our outdoor kitchen after months of hard work. And a little further down the road we’ll let you know of our roster of spring and summer workshops.

In the meantime, join us for the pond clean up day, or one of the other workdays listed below.

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Alemany Farm Pond Clean Up Day!

It’s time again for our annual pond clean up day! Come out Saturday, Feb 8th from 12pm to 5pm to help harvest the cattails and tules in our man-made (approx 1500 sq ft) pond. Harvested materials will be used to build bio-mass in areas around the pond, and some will be reserved for future craft workshops this spring. We will also have a discussion of the ecology of the pond, the importance of water sources on organic farms, strategies for management, and creating plant and animal diversity.

Bring your hip waders or rain boots, if you have them (a few will be provided), gloves, snacks to share, and join us in getting your hands wet.

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Upcoming community workdays:

Sunday, Jan 19 Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Jan 20 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Jan 25 Noon - 5pm
Monday, Jan 27 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, Feb 2 Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, Feb 3 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Feb 8 Noon - 5pm (including pond cleanup project)

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Thank you as always for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

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