Alemany Farm

No July 2nd Community Workday

By The Farm Team | June 27, 2017

Hello Farm Friends,

Please note that we will NOT have a community workday on Sunday, July 2. However, we will have our weekly Monday workday on July 3, 1 – 5 p.m., if you’d like to come by and join us.

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Join Us in June at the Farm

By The Farm Team | June 12, 2017

Dear Farm Friends,

As usual at this time of year, Alemany Farm is abundant with blooms, greenery, ripening fruits and veggies, and all sorts of farm friends, human and otherwise.

You yourself may have helped plant some of the cucumbers, squashes, beans, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, or other classic summer produce that is now maturing into productivity. And our front herb garden is looking especially lovely this year, thanks to all the work our dedicated volunteers have recently put in.

So please join the Friends of Alemany Farm for one of the upcoming community workdays below. If you haven’t been to the farm in a while, you’ll get to see all the site improvements that Rebuilding Together helped us achieve on Rebuilding Day in April, including new raised beds and the beautifully refurbished education circle, among others.

The farm will be home in the coming months to several summer camps for local youth to spend time outdoors learning about gardening, healthy food, local ecosystems, and more. But we’ll be here, too, with our weekend and Monday volunteer-powered workdays. Our hard work — with you — all year long helps set the scene to make Alemany Farm a vibrant site for these summer camp experiences for kids.

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Please join Friends of Alemany Farm for one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Saturday, June 10, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, June 12, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, June 18, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, June 19, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, June 24, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, July 3, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, July 8, Noon – 5 pm

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

We hope to see you soon!

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No workday April 29 + Earth Day Thanks

By The Farm Team | April 28, 2017

Dear Farm Friends,

Please note that we will NOT have a community workday this weekend, due to Rebuilding Day on April 29.

(What is Rebuilding Day? It’s a chance for Friends of Alemany Farm to once again partner with and benefit from the volunteer power and expertise of Rebuilding Together, which will bring dozens of folks out to the farm under the direction of contractors, architects, and engineers to work on a variety of infrastructure projects. In the past, they’ve rebuilt our footbridge, stairways, and raised beds, among other things. So stop by in May to see the improvements we have in store this year!)

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Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make last Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration a big success! Special thanks to:

Bi-Rite Market and the San Francisco Professional Gardeners Association for their generous donations
– Our partners at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and the Urban Services YMCA for offering face painting, T-shirt decorating, and other activities for kids

– Musical friends KC & the Moonshine Band for the sweet live tunes

and all the lovely volunteers who helped out with food prep, greeting table, herb crafts, farm chores, set-up, clean-up, etc. We can’t do it without you.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

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

Saturday, April 29 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, May 1, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, May 7, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, May 8, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, May 13, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, May 15, 1 – 5 pm

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

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Join us for Earth Day, April 22

By The Farm Team | March 17, 2017

Farm Friends,

Join us this Saturday, Earth Day, for our 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22 – 11 am to 4 pm – at Alemany Farm (700 Alemany Blvd, SF)

~*~ See the event flyer and share it with your friends ~*~

The day will include: 

We’re expecting good weather, great food, and the warm company of farm friends old and new.

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We’re hiring!

By The Farm Team | February 16, 2017

Dear Farm Friends,

Quick reminder: This weekend is your chance to hang with the turtles and the tules at our annual winter Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 19, with instructor Brett Stephens. Find more details.. Register in advance, or just stop by on Sunday. Suggested donation: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Save the Date: April 22 will be our 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

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We’re hiring. As we announced in our year-end appeal, Friends of Alemany Farm is hiring our first paid, part-time staffer this spring.  We are hugely proud of the volunteer ethos that has made the farm thrive for many years. Our hope is that the Farm Manager position will enable us to keep up the momentum and increase our capacity to engage and inspire volunteers at Alemany Farm.

We are excited to be taking this step. Please check out the Farm Manager job description, and share it with folks in your networks who may be interested in applying. Or apply yourself if you think you’re the right candidate! The position is open until filled.

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Upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Sunday, Feb 19, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 20, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Feb 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 27, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, March 5, Noon – 5pm
Monday, March 6, 1 – 5pm

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

Thank you as always for your support and involvement.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Join us: Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop, Feb 19

By The Farm Team | February 6, 2017

Dear Farm Friends,

It’s time for our annual winter pond clean-up workshop.  Join our pond steward Brett Stephens for an afternoon of insight, learning, elbow grease, and maybe even hip waders.  If you’re curious about our pond ecosystem or aquatic plants, consider getting your feet wet at this workshop! It’s a rare opportunity for an up-close experience of the farm pond. The day will conclude with some snacks in our outdoor kitchen.

Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop – Winter Edition
Sunday, February  19, 11 am – 3 pm
Instructor:  Brett Stephens

Come out to help with our late winter 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.

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.

To register for the workshop, email us at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your full name and the name(s) of any friends you’re bringing along.

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 on this page. 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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Upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, Feb 11, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 13, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, Feb 19, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 20, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Feb 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 27, 1 – 5p

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

Thank you for your support and involvement throughout 2016.  We look forward to working with you in the current year.

The Farm Team

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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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