Alemany Farm

Saturday: Pond Workshop & Solar Oven Demo!

By The Farm Team | August 26, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

Come out to the farm this Saturday for a rare opportunity to spend some time working and learning in our pond habitat in the workshop described below. If you’ve been curious about the life of the farm pond, this is your chance to learn more and help care for it. Afterwards, relax in our outdoor kitchen with snacks from solar ovens. Details on how to register are below.

Water Gardening/Pond Clean Up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Saturday, August 29, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructors: Brett Stephens & Kerry Hughes
Come out to help with our summer time 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 volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

…and save the date for the following fall workshop:

Winter Gardening in San Francisco’s Secret Growing Season
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Shulman
This class will teach you the basics of winter gardening in San Francisco’s moderate climate and how to have herbs and greens all fall and winter long.

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.

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.

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. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Other upcoming events, at the farm and beyond:

Urban Ag Academy – September 12, SF County Fair Building
A daylong free event sponsored by the SF Urban Agriculture Program. More information is here.

Urban Ag Resource Center – October 17, Alemany Farm
The resource center returns to Alemany Farm. Bring a bucket and bring home free compost, soil, and mulch for your own garden. You can also take advantage of Hannah’s winter gardening class described above.

Save the date:
Alemany Farm 11th Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday October 24, 11am-5pm

More details to come!

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

Monday, August 24, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, August 29, Noon – 5pm
Monday, August 31, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, September 6, 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!

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Afternoon Snack this Saturday + upcoming Natives Workshop

By The Farm Team | August 6, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

Please join us for this Saturday’s workday (August 8), which will include an afternoon snack in our outdoor kitchen! Cecilia, one of our volunteers, will be prepping and sharing some yummy dishes from Puglia, Sicilia, and Sardegna regions of their native Italy. The midsummer days have been lovely at the farm — come out, pitch in with some garden work, then enjoy a late afternoon bite to eat and some community. We want to make this a periodic feature of our workdays, to give different volunteers a chance to share their food heritage — so please come out to support and learn!

Cecilia welcomes assistance from a couple of interested volunteers: If you want to help in the kitchen this Saturday with prepping, serving, and cleanup (and sharing some food knowledge), please contact us at community.gardeners@gmail.com.

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We have a wide array of native plants in various areas of the farm—many of them in flower right now. This workshop will give you a chance to take a closer look at these plants that are so beautifully adapted to our region.

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 16, 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 drought tolerant 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.

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. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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And of course, you can join us for our regularly scheduled community workdays. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, August 8, Noon – 5pm (including afternoon snack in the kitchen!)
Monday, August 10, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, August 16, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, August 17, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, August 22, 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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Workshops & more coming up at the Farm

By The Farm Team | July 15, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

We hope you will join us in July and August to experience the abundance of the farm at the height of our summer growing season. The days are long and the sunflowers are getting tall, there’s a profusion of daisies, mallows, California poppies and many other flowers in bloom, and all our typical summer crops are growing strong. The birds, butterflies, bees, and ladybugs are here — you should be too!

There are lots of doings at the farm over the summer. Aside from our regularly scheduled workdays listed below, check out these other upcoming activities:

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OUR WORKSHOP SERIES continues in August with offerings that can provide you with ideas and strategies for gardening in our current drought.

Irrigation & Water Management
August 1, 12:30 – 3pm • Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system in this popular workshop. 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 16, 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 drought tolerant 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.

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. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Urban Ag Resource Center Day
Saturday, July 18, 9am – Noon
SF Rec & Park’s Urban Ag Resource Center program returns to Alemany Farm. Bring your own containers and bring home some compost, soil, or mulch for your home garden. It’s free! SF DPH will also offer a free class (10-11am) on lead awareness in your home garden. More info here.

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August 8 – Afternoon Snack
Join us for our Saturday community workday, which will include a late afternoon snack of Italian regional foods in our outdoor kitchen. We have a couple of Italian cooks who want to share their culinary heritage with us as the farm chores wind down! More details to come.

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And of course, you can join us for our regularly scheduled community workdays. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Sunday, July 19, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas!)
Monday, July 20, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, July 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, July 27, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, August 2, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden!)
Saturday, August 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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Alemany Natives, Rebuilding Together, & more

By The Farm Team | June 12, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

If you’ve been out to the farm recently, you may have noticed all of the beautiful brand new raised beds in the kitchen garden…or our new composting bins in the central garden…or our greenhouse, newly refurbished with a durable hard plastic roof…or our new lath house-in-progress adjacent to the toolshed.

That’s quite a rundown of projects, and for all of these, we owe much thanks to the staff and volunteers from Rebuilding Together SF and the volunteers from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.  Altogether we had over 60 volunteers on hand for National Rebuilding Day on April 25, when so much of this work was accomplished.  We extend special thanks to Construction Captain Mike Heublein and Volunteer Captain Erica Hays; skilled leads Jody Kelly & brothers, Sean Arbic, Barney Wair, Bill Codding, Eric Dickey and Darryl Stephens.  Also to McCarthy Building Companies (Northern Pacific Division) for the generous donation of lumber and hardware, and to Adaptive Plastics for a great deal on their Solexx greenhouse covering.

Thank you to Rebuilding Together SF and all of the volunteers who came out to the farm for a 2nd year of amazing work together in April!!

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Alemany Natives Quarterly Report, January – March 2015

If you’re at the farm regularly on Sundays, you may know that we have a team of dedicated stewards and volunteers who care for the variety of native plants to be found at Alemany Farm.  Co-stewards Jim Cartan and Craig Heckman—who have about 10 years’ experience at the farm between them—shared an update on what the Alemany Natives crew has been up to and thinking about earlier this year.

Here’s an excerpt from their report.  We encourage you to read the full report on our website.  And if your interest is piqued, please join them for an Alemany Natives workday (3rd Sunday of every month)!  From Jim and Craig:

We thought it would be useful for Alemany Farm supporters to hear about Alemany Natives accomplishments and plans for the future on a quarterly basis.  We also hope these updates will maintain volunteer backing and spark interest among volunteers new to the area, the farm, or the native garden in particular.

California native plants are adapted to drought.  The biological stock in the Alemany native garden have weathered (pun intended) extreme dry spells for thousands of years, although human climatological records only go back 150 years. While we fret about water usage, storage, and consumer behavior, these amazing specimens have adapted hardy root systems that tap water deep in the sandy loam soil of the farm.

The established shrubs, bunch grasses, and herbaceous species in the native garden continue to persevere through the increasingly dry years.  It is only newly planted individuals that require consistent irrigation to develop root systems that are adaptable to what nature offers.  With the help of volunteers, we have continued to plant woody and herbaceous species propagated on the roof of Craig’s home from seed and cuttings collected in the garden.  We have also just procured a generous donation from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department native nursery in the form of bunch grasses and shrubs that will be planted in our grassland, hedgerow, and upland scrub habitat areas.  We will continue to water these new plantings through the spring and summer to carry them over to a hopefully wet winter. Read more…

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Come on out to the farm and see it in all its late spring/early summer splendor.  Please join us for one of these upcoming workdays:

Saturday, June 13, Noon – 5pm
Monday, June 15, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, June 21, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas!)
Monday, June 22, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 27, Noon – 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 for urban agriculture in SF.  We hope to see you at the farm soon!

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Soil Workshops starting this Saturday!

By The Farm Team | May 5, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

 

Thanks for everyone who joined us to make Earth Day such a great day at the farm.  Check out some photos on our Facebook page.

 

Now it’s time for some farm workshops, and it’s not too late to attend one—or both—of these upcoming soil fertility workshops.  They are designed to work well either as a pair or as stand-alones.  Learn some basics and bring your questions for these two experienced urban gardener/educators.

 

SOIL 101:
It Starts with the Soil:  Soil Fertility for Your Garden
Saturday, May 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Jason Mark
How can you get the most out of your backyard garden? It all starts with the soil, since soil fertility is key to having healthy and strong plants that can withstand pest and disease pressures. This class will provide an overview in soil testing, soil nutrients, cover cropping in Northern California’s climate, and compost basics.
Jason Mark is a co-founder of Alemany Farm and a veteran urban gardener.

 

SOIL 102:
Basic Backyard Composting for the Home Gardener
Saturday, May 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hannah Shulman
This class will teach you the basics of composting with materials you have on hand.  We’ll discuss different types of compost, how to apply it, and if we have time, build one on site.
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.

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.

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

Details on future workshops will be available soon.

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If you can’t make it to a workshop, join us for one of these upcoming workdays:

Saturday, May 9, Noon – 5pm
Monday, May 11, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, May 17, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, May 18, 1pm – 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 for urban agriculture in SF.  We hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team

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Alemany Farm Earth Day & upcoming workshops

By The Farm Team | April 11, 2015

Dear Farm Friends:

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th for our springtime community tradition!  Bring friends, meet new friends, connect with old friends.

9th Annual Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 11am – 5pm
at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF
FREE
*view the event flyer*
(feel free to post and share)

Here’s what’s slated:

* BBQ & potluck picnic (we’ll have our traditional roasted pig, other meat & veggie grill items, and super fresh tossed farm salad)
please bring a side dish or dessert to share for the potluck (1pm-ish)
* Sweet mandolin tunes at lunchtime (more music is welcome…if you have an acoustic instrument you like to play, bring it along, find a spot to play, and feel free to share your own music throughout the day)
* Farm tasks in the lower garden and native plant areas (11am – 1pm) — work up an appetite before lunch!
* Solar oven cooking demo
* Face painting
* Farm tours (11:30am & 3pm)
* Medicinal herb walk (3pm)
…and Community, of course!

– 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 19 or Saturday April 25!

But you can join us for these other upcoming workdays:

Monday, April 13, 1pm – 5pm
Monday, April 27, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, May 3, Noon – 5pm (including work in the medicinal herb garden)
Monday, May 4, 1pm – 5pm

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

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Spring & Summer Workshop Series – starting May 9!

Get ready for our upcoming series of spring/summer workshops starting in May. Workshop topics will include Soil Fertility & Composting; Native Plants; Aquaculture; Irrigation, and others to be announced.

We’re starting off in May with two workshops designed to make a great pair, but can work as stand-alones if you can’t make it to both:

SOIL 101:
It Starts with the Soil:  Soil Fertility for Your Garden
Saturday, May 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Jason Mark
How can you get the most out of your backyard garden? It all starts with the soil, since soil fertility is key to having healthy and strong plants that can withstand pest and disease pressures. This class will provide an overview in soil testing, soil nutrients, cover cropping in Northern California’s climate, and compost basics.
Jason Mark is a co-founder of Alemany Farm and a veteran urban gardener.

SOIL 102:
Basic Backyard Composting for the Home Gardener
Saturday, May 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hannah Shulman
This class will teach you the basics of composting with materials you have on hand.  We’ll discuss different types of compost, how to apply it, and if we have time, build one on site.
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.

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.

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

Details on future workshops will be available soon.

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

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Save the Date: Earth Day Celebration April 18th

By The Farm Team | March 19, 2015

Dear Farm Friends:

Spring is just ahead (vernal equinox on Friday March 20, 3:45pm PDT to be exact)—so among other things, it’s time to…

Mark your calendars: Our 9th Annual Earth Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, April 18th! More details to come, but count on the usual mix of light farm chores, farm tours, activities, a delicious BBQ and potluck picnic, and live acoustic music (Italian mandolin duets, anyone?). As always, it’s free…and a great way to enjoy our farm community!

Look for our flyer in the coming weeks.

Workday scheduling notes: Due to our Earth Day celebration in the 18th, we will NOT have our regularly scheduled workday on Sunday April 19th. We will also cancel our April 25th workday due to a major Rebuilding Together project at the farm on that date. (But come back the following week and be amazed at what their massive volunteer crew has accomplished.)

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Upcoming Community Workday Schedule:

Saturday, March 21, Noon – 5pm
Monday, March 23, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, March 28, Noon – 5pm
Monday, March 30, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, April 5, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, April 6, 1 – 5pm

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

Check out our Volunteer Opportunities.

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We hope to see you soon!

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February 15: Pond Clean Up & Solar Cooking Demo

By The Farm Team | January 31, 2015

Dear Farm Friends,

Happy new year! Thank you to everyone who donated in response to our year end appeal—we are truly grateful for your generous support. We’re also thankful to all the wonderful folks who came out to volunteer at the farm throughout 2014 and in the first weeks of 2015.

Mark your calendars for a special upcoming workday:

Alemany Farm Pond Clean Up Day and Solar Cooking Demo

It’s time again for our annual pond clean up day! Come out Sunday February 15th, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, to help harvest the cattails and tules in our man-made (approximately 1500 sq ft) pond. Harvested materials will be used to build bio-mass in areas around the pond and 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.

After the workshop, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a warm snack and solar cooking demo by Kerry Hughes. She will show us how to prepare cooked food by using sun ovens.

Participants are encouraged to come early (10am) to help harvest food from the farm for the snack.

Cost is free, but donations are always accepted. RSVP to Brett Stephens at 415-971-0821.

Note February 15 is also a regular farm workday, so you can make a whole day of it if you want, and join either our native plant stewards or garden volunteers in the garden after the afternoon snack.

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Upcoming Community Workday Schedule:

Sunday, February 1, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, February 2, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, February 7, Noon – 5pm
Monday, February 8, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, February 15, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, February 16, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, February 21, Noon – 5pm

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

Check out our new Volunteer Opportunities.

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Help us Keep Growing!

By The Farm Team | December 21, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Our numbers keep growing (along with our fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, and yes, weeds):

In 2014 we broke last year’s harvest record by producing over 8 tons of organic fruits and vegetables — all distributed for free to farm volunteers, farm neighbors, and to weekly food donations. Over 5,000 pounds went to the Free Farm Stand alone, which provides free produce weekly to individuals and families in the Mission district; other beneficiaries were SF Food Bank and Martin de Porres soup kitchen. In every month of the year, we are producing fresh healthy food that benefits many people.

Help us grow our numbers even more. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to keep Alemany Farm thriving.

Speaking of benefiting many people:  In 2014 Alemany Farm hosted over 75 field trips and workday farm visits by schools, service organizations, and corporate and faith-based groups (up from 58 last year). This included over 16 visits by elementary and middle school age kids that we were able to accommodate through a collaboration with SF Recreation & Parks Department’s youth volunteer & education services.  These field trips brought more than 1,100 people out to the garden (up from 800 last year). And we’re already scheduling for 2015.  Of course, this does not include the hundreds of people who come to our drop-in community workdays all year long to grow their knowledge of organic agriculture.  Altogether, we have logged close to 7,500 volunteer hours at the farm this year.

We built on last year’s farm improvements in many other ways in 2014:

• With our revived and rebuilt greenhouse, we now grow all of our seed starts on site. It took us a while to find the right temperature balance, but now that we have, the greenhouse allows us to save money, be more efficient, and provide opportunities for volunteers to learn more about seed starting.
• With the completion of our outdoor kitchen in the summer (designed and spearheaded by California College of the Arts students, and built in collaboration with them), we have begun using this spacious cooking and gathering space for our seasonal events and food demos, and there are more to come in the new year.
• We continued and expanded our series of donation-based workshops, with topics like soil fertility, irrigation, aquaculture, and native plants.  Plus more informal free workshops and demos on herbs and solar cooking.  Again, there are more to come in the new year.
• We developed a whole new slate of volunteer opportunities to give interested individuals a chance to get more involved and take on more responsibility.
• Thanks to the incredible volunteer power of Rebuilding Together, the farm is now easier to spot (with the beautiful CCA-produced sign they installed by our entrance) and safer for visitors (with our rebuilt footbridge, stairway, and doorways).

Please make a donation today so that we can keep up this momentum.  Friends of Alemany Farm is a volunteer-run organization, so every dollar you give goes to our work to grow food security, environmental education, and volunteer community at Alemany Farm. This includes seeds, starts, tools, and supplies, which are the raw materials we use week-in-week-out for our work.

In the coming year, look for more workshops on more topics, and more kitchen events, including periodic meal-enhanced workdays. We’ll also continue our greenhouse project by installing an improved roof to give it long term staying power against the elements. And we hope to build a cob oven to enhance both our outdoor kitchen and our workshop series. Of course, we’ll continue to be out at the farm every week, leading the community workdays that are the backbone of our operation.

We know that you value the work we do at Alemany Farm. We value anything you can give, whether that means an afternoon weeding or sowing seeds, or a tax-deductible donation at year’s end to Friends of Alemany Farm.

Thank you, as always, for your work to grow food security and to build community in San Francisco. We hope you have a peaceful year end, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

The Farm Team

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Upcoming Workday Schedule & Saturday 11/29 Closure

By The Farm Team | November 26, 2014

Dear Farm Friends,

Please note that we’re taking a little break for the long Thanksgiving weekend, so we will NOT have our regular community workday on Saturday the 29th.

However, we encourage you to join us on these other upcoming workdays.  As seasoned volunteers know, and newer volunteers will discover, we are out at the farm year-round—even in winter—sowing, harvesting, weeding, maintaining, and building volunteer community.

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Upcoming Community Workday Schedule:

Saturday, November 29 – CANCELLED
Monday, December 1, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, December 7, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, December 8, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, December 13, Noon – 5pm
Monday, December 15, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, December 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.

Check out our new Volunteer Opportunities.

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We wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing you in December!

The Farm Team

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