Alemany Farm

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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Growing Food, Sowing Seeds of Community

By The Farm Team | December 30, 2013

Dear Farm Friends:

We know that your inbox is packed with fundraising appeals these days.

But we at Alemany Farm only ask for your financial support one season a year, and that time is now.

Please make a donation today so that we can continue our vital work. As a volunteer-run organization, we’re lean and mean. Every dollar you give goes directly to food security and environmental education programs. This includes seeds, starts, tools, and supplies, which are the raw materials we use week-in-week-out for our work.

This past year we broke a new harvest record and produced 7 tons of organic fruits and vegetables — all of which was distributed for free to farm volunteers, farm neighbors, families at the Free Farm Stand, and to St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen.

In 2013 we hosted 58 school field trips, service organizations, and corporate and faith-based groups. More than 800 people came out to the garden for field trips. And this does not include the individuals and families who come to the Farm all year long to grow their knowledge of organic agriculture.

To maintain our success, we need your assistance. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to keep Alemany Farm growing.

In 2013 we made huge strides in improving the Farm’s facilities.

• In February we rebuilt our greenhouse in the course of two fun and productive community workdays.
• In May, working in collaboration with California College of the Arts students, we rebuilt the south portion of our toolshed, giving us new space to store tools and materials, and a nicer face for the farm entrance.
• Working in collaboration with Neighborhood Vineyards, in June we installed a pinot noir vineyard on the east portion of the Farm.
• And this fall, again with CCA students, we began construction on an outdoor kitchen. Once completed, the outdoor kitchen will provide a space for culinary education and community celebrations.

This year California College of the Arts students made some beautiful Alemany Farm Cookbooks as part of a class project. The first person to make a donation of at least $100 will receive the last one of these unique volumes as a Thank You Gift.

We know that you value the work we do at Alemany Farm. And we value anything you can give — whether that means an afternoon pushing a wheelbarrow up the slope, or a tax-deductible donation at year’s end.

Thank you, as always, for your work to make San Francisco more food secure. We hope you have a peaceful year end, and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

The Farm Team

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Help Us Grow Food Security

By The Farm Team | December 19, 2013

Dear Farm Friends:

Alemany Farm is on a roll.

This past year has been our most productive ever. We broke a new harvest record and in 2013 produced 7 tons of organic fruits and vegetables — all of which was distributed for free to farm volunteers, farm neighbors, families at the Free Farm Stand, and to St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen.

As always, our most important crop was public education. In 2013 we hosted 58 school field trips, service organizations, and corporate and faith-based groups. More than 800 people came out to the garden for field trips, continuing Alemany Farm’s record as a favorite place for environmental education and community building. And this does not even include the many individuals and families who come out on their own all year long to volunteer their time and grow their knowledge of organic agriculture.

To maintain this track record of success, we need your assistance. We only ask our supporters for donations one time a year — and now is that time. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to keep Alemany Farm growing.

Even as we stayed focused on our core mission of food security and environmental education, we made huge strides in improving the farm site this year:

• In February we rebuilt our greenhouse in the course of two fun and productive community workdays. The new greenhouse has been a big boost to the farm’s efficiency.
• In May, working in collaboration with California College of the Arts students, we rebuilt the south portion of our toolshed, giving us new space to store tools and materials, and a nicer face for the farm entrance.
• Working in collaboration with Neighborhood Vineyards, in June we installed a pinot noir vineyard on the east portion of the Farm.
• And this fall, again with CCA students, we began construction on an outdoor kitchen. Once completed, the outdoor kitchen will provide a space for culinary education and community celebrations.

Please make a donation today so that we can continue this vital work. As a volunteer-run organization, we’re lean and mean. Every dollar you give goes directly to food security and environmental education programs. This includes seeds, starts, tools, and supplies, which are the raw materials we use week-in-week-out for our work.

This year California College of the Arts students made some beautiful Alemany Farm Cookbooks as part of a class project. The first five supporters to make a donation of at least $100 will receive one of these unique volumes as a thank you from us.

Alemany Farm Harvest Cookbook Alemany Farm Harvest Cookbook

The hand-illustrated and hand-bound cookbooks are one-of-a-kind: Recipes are divided by season, and each includes something grown at Alemany Farm. Many of the recipes were crowd-sourced from farm volunteers and neighbors. Remember, we just have a few, so they are only available to the first five donors of $100 or more.

We know that you value the work we do at Alemany Farm. And we value anything you can give — whether that means an afternoon pushing a wheelbarrow up the slope, or a tax-deductible donation at year’s end.

Thank you, as always, for your work to make San Francisco more food secure. We hope you have a peaceful year end, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.

The Farm Team

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Join us for winter workdays at Alemany Farm

By The Farm Team | December 15, 2013

Dear Farm Friends,

We’ve had plenty of chilly days lately, and even a little rain; it feels like winter is already here (even though we have a week yet until the solstice). Don’t forget we’re out at the farm all year long, working on whatever tasks are appropriate to the season.

If the holiday season gets too hectic for you, take a “garden break” to slow down the pace by joining us at any of these upcoming workdays.

Please Note: We will NOT have a workday on Sat Dec 28 due to the holiday schedule.

Sunday, Dec 15, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Dec 16, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Dec 21, Noon - 5pm (spend the solstice in the garden!)
Monday, Dec 23, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Dec 28 - WORKDAY CANCELLED DUE TO HOLIDAYS
Monday, Jan 30, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, Jan 5, Noon - 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)

Thank you for your continued support. We wish you all a happy and peaceful year end, and we hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Join us this Saturday for Alemany Farm’s Harvest Festival!

By The Farm Team | October 18, 2013

Dear Farm Friends,

First, a quick scheduling note: we will NOT have our usual 3rd Sunday workday this coming weekend.

Why? Because on Saturday we are having our…

9th Annual Alemany Farm Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 19, 11am - 5pm
at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF
(Check out the event flyer.)

Gather with us for…

Food: BBQ & potluck (we’ll have BBQ, beans & greens, and tossed farm salad) — please bring a side dish or dessert to share

Fun: T-shirt stenciling (bring your own shirt); farm tours & vineyard tour; face painting, nature crafts, & scavenger hunt for kids courtesy of BranchSF

Farm tasks: Garlic planting, fruit tree planting & more

Music: Live acoustic music by The Knuckle Knockers

… and Community!

Interested in helping out?
BranchSF will be offering kids activities at the festival, including face painting, mini-pumpkin painting, and a scavenger hunt, and they welcome help from interested volunteers (various time slots available). For more information, contact BranchSF directly at info@branchsf.com.

We hope you will join us for this annual fall gathering!

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Other upcoming opportunities to join us at the farm for community workdays:

Sun Oct 20 - NO WORK DAY
Sat Oct 26, Noon - 5pm
Mon Oct 28, 1pm - 5pm
Sun Nov 3, Noon - 5pm
Mon Nov 4, 1pm - 5pm
Sat Nov 9, Noon - 5pm
Mon Nov 11, 1pm - 5pm

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Thanks as always for your support in making SF more food secure. We look forward to seeing you at the farm!

The Farm Team

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Alemany Farm Harvest Festival - Sat October 19th!

By The Farm Team | October 11, 2013

Dear Farm Friends,

It’s that time of year again: the days are shortening, the rainy season is nearing, we’re bringing in the last of our summer crops of tomatoes and zucchini, and putting cool weather crops in the ground. We’re lucky here in SF to be able to sow, grow, and harvest year round, but this is still a good season to celebrate the hard work we do all year to grow food, habitat, and community.

Harvest is a time of gathering, so please join us for our 9th Annual Alemany Farm Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 19th, from 11am to 5pm!

Bring yourself, friends and family to enjoy activities for people of all ages:

- T-shirt stenciling
- Face painting
- Scavenger hunt & nature crafts for kids
- Garden tasks
- Farm tours & Neighborhood Vineyard tour
- Live acoustic music from Bernal’s own The Knuckle Knockers!

…and Food:
As usual, we’ll have a delicious potluck picnic. We’ll provide BBQ (including veggie options) and a green farm salad.
Please bring a snack, side, beverage, or dessert to share!

And as usual…it’s free! So please come out to the farm and share community with old friends and new friends. We hope to see you there!

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In the meantime, you can always join us for these upcoming community work days:

Saturday, Oct 12, Noon - 5pm
Monday, Oct 14, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Oct 19, 11am - 5pm: HARVEST FESTIVAL
Monday, Oct 21, 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Oct 26, Noon - 5pm

There’s always something to do, and all are welcome!

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Thanks as always for your support in making SF more food secure. We look forward to seeing you at Harvest Festival on the 19th!

The Farm Team

Alemany Farm Harvest Fest 2013 - Flyer

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Late Summer News from Alemany Farm

By The Farm Team | September 3, 2013

Dear Farm Friends,

The daylight hours are still fairly long and our summer crops of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and others are still plentiful, but it’s not too early for us to start thinking about our fall harvest celebration.

Save-the-Date for our 9th Annual Alemany Farm Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 19, 2013.
More details to come, but as usual you can expect lots of good food, activities for kids (and grownups, too), farm tours & tasks, and fun…for free.

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Speaking of harvest, our summer harvest season is in full swing. In fact, we harvested over 2,000 lbs of produce in July, and even more in August. Ranging from leafy greens to fruits to root vegetables, these tons of food comprise a couple dozen different crops that provide sustenance not only for volunteers and our neighbors in the Alemany Dwellings, but for the wider community as well through weekly food donations to the Free Farm Stand and St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen.

Thank you to everyone who’s come out to volunteer in recent weeks and months for helping to keep the farm so amazingly productive (and beautiful, too). There’s still time to enjoy the late summer bounty and do something good for yourself and the community. Join us for the following upcoming workdays:

Sunday, Sept. 1, Noon - 5pm
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 1pm - 5pm
Saturday, Sept. 7, Noon - 5pm
Monday, Sept. 9, 1pm - 5pm
Sunday, Sept. 15, Noon - 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Sept. 16, 1pm - 5pm

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More thanks are in order to everyone who supported the Kickstarter campaign to help build an outdoor kitchen at Alemany Farm. Team AOK—the student designers from California College of the Arts who are spearheading this effort—raised $6,776 with the support of 99 backers by the time the campaign closed on August 21! Whether you were able to donate or not, come out to a workday in the coming weeks to see the progress on building the kitchen. We hope to have it up and running by Harvest Festival on October 19!

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Lastly, busy summer farm days remind us that we always welcome and appreciate donations of tools & supplies: garden hoses & fittings, hand tools, gloves, wheelbarrows, organic fertilizers, organic pest controls in concentrated form, etc. If you have it and want to donate it, please contact us to arrange pickup!

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Thank you for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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