Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture

Dear Farm Friends:

As you know, the volunteer coordinators at Alemany Farm try to use every workday as an opportunity for skills sharing and community education. But many people remain eager for some more structured learning.

So we are very pleased to announce that for the third year in a row, Friends of Alemany Farm will be offering an Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture.

To apply, please complete the application [word doc, pdf] and return it to: We will only be able to accommodate 30 people in the class. The application deadline is March 1.

The 11-month course will take participants through the seasons, covering key garden and orchard tasks that occur in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Apprentices will learn core principals of food production such as soil fertility and composting, propagation and planting, seasonal tree care, water-wise irrigation, plant identification, integrated pest management, and crop planning. The hands-on training — using our vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and orchards — will cover several methods of sustainable horticulture.

The Ecological Horticulture classes will start on Saturday, March 19 and will take place the third Saturday of every month at Alemany Farm. The workshops will take place from 10 am to 5 pm, with a generous break for a potluck lunch.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Thanks, as always, for your work to make SF more food secure.