Help Chart Alemany Farm’s Future

Dear Farm Friends:

First, we want to give a huge shout-out of GRATITUDE to all of you who came out for the recent greenhouse rebuildings. Thanks to you, the new greenhouse looks fantastic. This coming week we will put some of the finishing touches on the interior, and by the end of this month we will busy with seed sowing. So come on out and get your hands dirty with a little greenhouse propagation.

In the meantime, we want to invite you to participate in charting the Farm’s future programming. Alemany Farm’s Community Advisory Council is now up and running, and members of the public are invited to attend the group’s meetings. The next advisory council meeting is this Tuesday, Feb 19, at 6 pm at the St Mary’s Recreation Center, right above the Farm. We look forward to seeing you there.

For those of you who might be more interested in national and international sustainable agriculture issues, also on Tuesday, 2/19 Alemany Farm co-manager Jason Mark will be speaking at SPUR along with Mother Jones ag journalist Tom Philpott, writer Twilight Greenway, and writer Allison Arieff. Get your tickets here:

And please mark your calendars for these upcoming workdays:
Monday, President’s Day, 1 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, February 23, Noon to 5 pm
Monday, February 25, 1 pm to 5 pm
Sunday, March 3, Noon to 5 pm

We look forward to seeing you at the Farm soon.

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

The Farm Team

Greenhouse Rebuilding Feb 2 and Feb 9

Dear Farm Friends:

Get ready for an old-fashioned barn-raising — or in this case, a GREENHOUSE Raising!

During the next two Saturdays, February 2 and February 9, regular Alemany Farm volunteers and Alemany Dwellings residents will come together to rebuild our greenhouse. … We hope you can join as we take this important step for the Farm.

We’ll start at 11 AM sharp and wrap up around 4 PM, in time for a garden harvest. Throughout the day we will have snacks and juices to keep us going as we refurbish the building and get it ready for a busy 2013 season.

This coming Saturday we plan to remove the hard plastic walls, cut new plastic sheeting, re-install the walls, and then stretch fresh plastic across the hoop roof. We will also be installing the window vents and doors and perhaps starting on trenching for a new plumbing line.

On February 9 we will mostly concentrate on building propagation tables and work benches for the interiors, plus installing the vents.

Both days we will be laying-out and cultivating new flower beds and perennial gardens around the greenhouse.

We’re looking for any and all hands to help out. If you have building or carpentry skills, we would be especially eager to see you. And remember — it’s a barn raising, so feel free to bring your tools!

We look forward to seeing you at the Farm over the next couple of weeks for the greenhouse rebuilding.

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

The Farm Team