Alemany Farm

Sow the Seeds of the Future at Alemany Farm

By The Farm Team | December 21, 2016

Dear Farm Friends:

This has been another incredible year at Alemany Farm.

We continued to be a source of food security for San Francisco: In 2016 we produced 20,000 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables, much of which was distributed to low-income families via our partners at the Free Farm Stand.

We have been a vital location for environmental education: We hosted more than 100 field trips and corporate and faith-based groups, and through our weekly workdays and harvest days welcomed volunteers on 150 days of the year.

To sustain the momentum, we are planning to hire our first paid staff in 2017 … and we need your help to do so. Please make a tax-deductible donation to keep our garden growing through this essential hire. This is the only time in 2016 we have asked for your financial support. Just click here to make a donation.

Friends of Alemany Farm—the all-volunteer organization that manages the majority of programs at the site—is hugely proud that we have accomplished all of this without any paid staff. At the same time, we recognize that to continue on our growth trajectory, we need to hire staff to boost our capacity.

So in early 2017 we will take the bold step of looking for a paid, part-time Farm Manager. We’ll need your support more than ever to meet these new payroll costs. Please make a year-end gift today so Alemany Farm can reach its full potential.

Having a paid staff person will be a big change for Alemany Farm.  But we are committed to sustaining the spirit of grassroots energy and volunteer drive that has always been the heart of Alemany Farm’s success. Once again this year, we logged over 7,000 volunteer hours donated at the Farm by people like you. We expect that a part-time farm manager will allow us to share this space with even more volunteers.

Alemany Farm thrives thanks to the ethic of the barn-raising: Individuals coming together, without expectation of individual reward, to accomplish a communal task. We have always been a community endeavor—and we always will be.

Friends of Alemany Farm knows that you value the organic, healthful food that we grow with and for our volunteers and for households in need. We know that you appreciate the importance of our educational programs. And we are so grateful for what you have already given in time, energy, and enthusiasm.

We are asking that you make another kind of gift today through a tax-deductible donation. Your gift will allow us to sow the seeds for the future.

Thank you for all that you do to grow Alemany Farm and to make San Francisco more food secure,

The Farm Team

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Holiday Workday Schedule

By The Farm Team | December 18, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

Please note that we will be CLOSED on December 24, December 26, and January 1 so that we can enjoy the holidays. See our revised schedule below.

We wish you a peaceful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

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Join us for one of these upcoming workdays. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Monday, Dec 20, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Dec 24 – CLOSED
Monday, Dec 26 – CLOSED
Sunday, Jan 1 – CLOSED
Monday, Jan 2, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Jan 7, Noon – 5pm
Sunday, Jan 15, Noon – 5pm
Saturday, Jan 21, Noon – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

Thank you for your support throughout 2016. We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Upcoming Workdays – Join us!

By The Farm Team | November 22, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 12th Annual Harvest Festival last month. Whether you volunteered in the kitchen, helped plant garlic, brought a potluck dish, or just stopped by to say hi – thanks for helping to make it memorable! Special thanks to our musician friends KC & the Moonshine Band, HipHopForChange, and members of the Bay Area Bluegrass Association; to the folks from Department of the Environment, YMCA, and Case de las Madres who provided activities for kids, and to Katie Delwich for the herb crafts. Thanks also to the Professional Gardener’s Association for underwriting the cost of the roast pig!

Here are a few nice photos of the Harvest Festival scene from our friend Jim Musselman.

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Please come by for by for one of our regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, Nov 26 – CLOSED – have a happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, Nov 28, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, Dec 4, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Dec 5, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Dec 10, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Dec 12, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, Dec 18, Noon – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Join us for Harvest Festival on Oct 22!

By The Farm Team | October 11, 2016

~*12th ANNUAL ALEMANY FARM HARVEST FESTIVAL*~
Saturday, October 22, from 11am to 4pm
700 Alemany Boulevard, SF, CA

~*View the Harvest Fest flyer*~

We hope you’ll join us for one of our favorite Farm traditions — a chance to enjoy the warm October sun together before we head into the shorter, cooler winter days. All are welcome! Bring an item for the potluck…bring a friend…make new friends or catch up with old friends…and have some fun at the farm. It’s free!

The day includes:

– Potluck Picnic & BBQ (1pm-ish): Bring a side, snack, or dessert to share! We’ll provide roasted pig; BBQ items (w/ veggie options); fresh tossed farm salad, and some beverage items. The rest is potluck! (Bring your own plate and utensils, if possible, to help reduce waste.)
– Farm tours (11:30 & 2:30)
– Our annual garlic planting (starting at 11am)
– Herb craft activity
– Face painting &amp pumpkin decorating for kids
– Live acoustic music from: KC & the Moonshine Band; Bay Area Bluegrass Association; Hip Hop for Change
– Friends of Alemany Farm T-shirts on sale!

Want to help out at the event?
If you are interested in volunteering for the event, please send an email to John Stokes at johnstokes1@mac.com! Help with set up/clean up, greeting visitors at the welcome table, staffing the kitchen, etc. Acoustic musicians are welcome to volunteer their talents as well!

We hope to see you the 22nd!

The Farm Team

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This Sunday: Water Gardening Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo

By The Farm Team | September 13, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

The next in this year’s workshop series will give you a rare chance for an up close, hands-on experience of our pond habitat. Follow it up with some solar oven snacks in our outdoor kitchen while you learn a bit about solar cooking techniques. Our pond is not so easily accessible as other areas of the farm, and in fact many casual visitors don’t even realize it’s there.  So this is your chance for a guided introduction.

Water Gardening/Pond Clean Up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Sunday, September 18, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructors:  Brett Stephens & Kerry Hughes

Come out to help with our late summer pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. The day will include a discussion on 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!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a snack, prepared in our solar ovens by Kerry Hughes. Participants are encouraged to come early (10am) to help harvest food from the farm for the snack.

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 long-time volunteer at Alemany Farm.

How to Register for the Workshop:

Complete this brief RSVP form.

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

You can make a donation on our online donation page on the sidebar menu at www.alemanyfarm.org. 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 the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Please come by for by for one of our regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Sunday, Sept 18, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Sept 19, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Sept 24, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Sept 26, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, Oct 2, Noon – 5pm (including work in our herb garden)
Monday, Oct 3, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Oct 8, Noon – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Our next workshop: Native Plants for the Bay Area

By The Farm Team | July 25, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

Pencil the date in now:  October 22 will be Alemany Farm’s 12th Annual Harvest Festival. Details to come in the fall, but figure on a delicious bbq and potluck picnic, live music, our traditional garlic planting, and more.

But join us before then, while the days are still long and the farm is full of greenery and blossoms.  We’ve had some lovely community workdays recently, with new faces and old friends stopping by to spend some time and expend some energy.

On the heels of our very successful first workshop of the season, we’re happy to announce our next workshop, which will focus on native plants.  Especially if you’re new to the Bay Area, or new to gardening, this workshop offers a chance to deepen your knowledge of our region by learning about the plants that have been growing here for centuries.  See how we use native plants at Alemany Farm, and get ideas for using natives in your own home or garden.

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 21, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Jim Cartan
This workshop will focus on how native plants can be used to enhance yards and gardens or other spaces. Join this experienced native plant steward to explore the native areas at the Farm and learn about the benefits of and various uses for drought tolerant native plants. Bring your curiosity and your questions!
Jim Cartan is manager of Alemany Farm’s native plant demonstration garden.

How to Register for the Workshop:

Complete this brief RSVP form.

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

You can make a donation on our online donation page on the sidebar menu at www.alemanyfarm.org. 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 the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Please come by for by for one of our regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, July 30, Noon – 5pm
Monday, August 1, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, August 7, Noon – 5pm (including work in our herb garden)
Monday, August 8, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, August 13, Noon – 5pm
Monday, August 15, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, August 21, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Join us for a workday or a workshop!

By The Farm Team | June 18, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

If you have not had a chance to join us since our big Earth Day celebration in April, now is the time to see how the garden has bloomed in the intervening weeks. Stop by for a community workday or attend our first workshop of the season (see details below).

As we approach the summer solstice—which coincides unusually with the full Strawberry Moon this year—many of the crops we planted in the spring are maturing beautifully for summer harvests: cucumbers, tomatoes, squashes, beans, strawberries, and potatoes, among many others.  Maybe you helped sow some seeds or plant some starts in the spring; come by and see how they’re doing, and work with us to plant some more.

The farm is also flecked with the color of many blooms: poppies, butterfly bush, salvias, daisies, and the lavender of water hyacinths in our pond ecosystem. Butterflies, bees, and birds are all loving them…so are we!

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For our first workshop of the season, we’re pleased to host a new class that will give you a taste (literally) of the farm from a Chinese medicine-influenced perspective.  Other workshops on soil health and native plants will follow later in the summer.

The Farm Through the Lens of the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine
Sunday, July 17, 2016
11 am – 1 pm (option to join our community workday following the class)
Instructor: Audrey Jardin

This class will teach you the basics of the 5 elements theory, focusing specifically on food as medicine and how we can examine what we grow and eat to benefit us best. You will find out how you can choose foods to create a balanced diet by using two categories associated with the five elements: color and flavor. We will use the farm’s outdoor kitchen to create and taste food items that have health benefits.* Workshop limited to 15 participants.

*This is an introductory class.  It is advised to see a specialist for thorough diagnosis and treatment for any health conditions.

Audrey Jardin is a licensed acupuncturist and craniosacral therapist. She works as a graphic designer in SF and has a healing practice in the South Bay. (www.ahealingarden.com)

How to Register for the Workshop:

Complete this brief RSVP form.

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

You can make a donation on our online donation page on the sidebar menu at www.alemanyfarm.org. 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 the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Do you have knowledge of exterior painting and varnishing?

The very handsome large wooden sign at the farm entrance, which was designed and made for us by students from California College of the Arts, is showing some wear and tear.  If you have expertise or experience in protecting exterior surfaces from the elements, we’d love to hear from you. The sign could use a little TLC to keep it looking great!

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And please come by for by for one of our regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Sunday, June 19, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, June 20, 1 – 5pm (summer solstice!)
Saturday, June 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, June 26, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, July 3, Noon – 5pm (including work in our herb garden)

 

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

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This Saturday: 10th Annual Earth Day at Alemany Farm!

By The Farm Team | April 21, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

Please don’t forget to join us this Saturday, April 23 to celebrate Alemany Farm’s 10th Annual Earth Day BBQ (*View the event flyer*).

Activities will include:

– spring plantings (11am – 1pm)
– farm tours (noonish & 3pm-ish)
– face painting (11am – 2pm)
– live acoustic music from the Knuckleknockers (1pm)
– bluegrass jam (2pm – bring your instruments and dancing shoes!)
– short yoga exercise offering
– …and of course, a BBQ and potluck picnic (1pm-ish). Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

We’ll be roasting a sustainably raised pig and will also have vegetarian options on the grill. There will be a humongous farm-fresh salad. Please bring other sides, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

At our first Earth Day celebration in 2007, we were clearing four-foot-tall weeds and rubbish out of what today are some of our most productive garden beds. There was no such thing as an Alemany Farm Kitchen, and we had neither greenhouse nor vineyard. Today, Alemany Farm produces nearly a dozen tons of organic produce annually, hosts scores of field trips and community groups, and is a thriving part of the City’s urban agriculture ecosystem.

Join us for this FREE event to help celebrate these accomplishments and mark Earth Day with us!

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

Thank you, as always, for your work to grow food security and build community in San Francisco.

The Farm Team

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Join us: Alemany Farm’s 10th Annual Earth Day BBQ

By The Farm Team | April 7, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

We hope that you can join us on Saturday, April 23 to celebrate Alemany Farm’s 10th Annual Earth Day BBQ (*View the event flyer*).

There will be spring plantings, farm tours, face painting, live music, plus a potluck picnic. Please bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

At our first Earth Day celebration in 2007, we were clearing four-foot-tall weeds and rubbish out of what today are some of our most productive garden beds. There was no such thing as an Alemany Farm Kitchen, and we had neither greenhouse nor vineyard. Today, Alemany Farm produces nearly a dozen tons of organic produce annually, hosts scores of field trips and community groups, and is a thriving part of the City’s urban agriculture ecosystem.

Celebrate these accomplishments and mark Earth Day with us on April 23. Farm work tasks begin at 11 am. Potluck BBQ will get underway around 1 pm.

We’ll be roasting a sustainably raised pig and will also have vegetarian options on the grill. There will be a humongous farm-fresh salad. Please bring other sides, desserts, and NA beverages.

Help us get ready for our Earth Day BBQ at these other upcoming workdays:

Saturday April 9, Noon – 5 pm
Monday April 11, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday April 17, Noon – 5 pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday April 18, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday April 23, Earth Day BBQ (11 am – 5 pm)

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

Thank you, as always, for your work to grow food security and build community in San Francisco.

The Farm Team

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Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop & Fruit Tree Planting Day – MLK Day

By The Farm Team | January 7, 2016

Dear Farm Friends,

Join us at the farm to plant fruit trees in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18!  We will celebrate this Day of Service with an extensive fruit tree planting to grow the orchard and provide fruit for future generations. Workday is 12-5pm.  Come prepared to work outside.  No experience needed.

In addition, join the city’s Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator Hannah Shulman for a Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Alemany’s older trees from 2-4pm.

Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and how to begin properly managing the size, production, and structure of your tree or orchard.  This basic class will give a background on fruit trees and their growth cycle, and we’ll focus on winter pruning techniques to stimulate growth for the new year.  The class will be held outside with a live demonstration and possible hands-on practice opportunities.

Hannah Shulman is the Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. She studied at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, and has been a garden educator with Urban Sprouts, Garden for the Environment, and 18 Reasons/BiRite Market.

NOTE: Workshop is limited to a small number of participants, so RSVPs are required by 1/13.  The event will be held regardless of weather conditions unless there is a severe rainstorm.

How to Register for Workshops:

Send an email to 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
All donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

You can make a donation on our online donation page at www.alemanyfarm.org. 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 the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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If you can’t join us on MLK Day, come by for one of our other regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, January 9, Noon – 5pm
Monday, January 11, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, January 17, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas!)
Monday, January 18, Noon – 5pm (MLK Day fruit tree planting!)
Saturday, January 23, Noon – 5pm
Monday, January 25, 1pm – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

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