Dear Farm Friends:
You know how when you throw a big party or a potluck and you have to clean up your house before the event, even though you know you’ll have to clean up the house after the event as well? That’s sort of the place we’re in at Alemany Farm these days.
On Saturday, March 6 we will be hosting the SF Department of Public Works’ 10th Annual Clean Team & Arbor Day Celebration. Starting at 9 AM, volunteers will plant fruit trees, work on gardening projects, spread woodchips, remove weeds, paint out graffiti, pick up litter, and beautify neighborhoods throughout Districts 9 & 11. At noon, there will be a BBQ lunch. The event will also include a green resource fair with plenty of awesome local groups, music, and fun activities.
We’re very excited to partner with SF DPW and SF Recreation and Parks Department for this event, which will attract up to 300 people. This is an important chance to show off the Farm to many people who don’t even know it exists — which is why we’re working really hard in the coming weeks to do some extra beautification.
So we’re hoping you can join us at our upcoming regularly scheduled workdays: Sunday, Feb 21; Mon, Feb 22; Sat, Feb 27; and Mon, Mar 1 as we get the place looking really beautiful. Upcoming projects will include mulching the paths in the lower garden and orchard hillside, weeding our ornmamental native gardens, planting some new natives, and orchard care. At the end of each workday, there will be plenty of collards, kale, chard and cabbages to harvest and share.
Please come out and help us clean up for the Clean Up.
… And if you’re interested in learning more about urban food production, please apply for our 2010 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. You can download the application at www.alemanyfarm.org. Some applicants have been unable to fill in the PDF; please feel free to fill in your responses in either a Word doc or in the body of an email.
Thanks, as always, for all of your work to make SF more food secure.
The Farm Team