Opening the New Year at Alemany Farm

Dear Farm Friends,

Happy new year to all of you! And thank you to everyone who made a year end donation in recent weeks; we’re truly grateful for your generosity, and pleased that we were able to give away all 5 copies of the Alemany Harvest Cook Book handmade by CCA students! Of course, it’s never too late to support the farm — you can make an online gift anytime on the donation page of our website.

Since we seem to be heading deeper and deeper into drought, now is certainly a good a time to think about and involve ourselves with water, and to care for our water resources. So you may be interested in our upcoming pond clean up day, in conjunction with our regular community workday on Saturday, Feb 8. Details are below. Also, don’t forget that on the 1st Sunday of each month, there’s a chance to work in our medicinal herb garden with Aaron and Dominique (1-5pm). And on 3rd Sundays, you can join Jim, Craig, and Alemany Natives in caring for our native plant areas.

We’re excited about the year ahead. In the coming weeks we’ll have news about the opening of our outdoor kitchen after months of hard work. And a little further down the road we’ll let you know of our roster of spring and summer workshops.

In the meantime, join us for the pond clean up day, or one of the other workdays listed below.

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Alemany Farm Pond Clean Up Day!

It’s time again for our annual pond clean up day! Come out Saturday, Feb 8th from 12pm to 5pm to help harvest the cattails and tules in our man-made (approx 1500 sq ft) pond. Harvested materials will be used to build bio-mass in areas around the pond, and some will be reserved 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.

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Upcoming community workdays:

Sunday, Jan 19 Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Jan 20 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, Jan 25 Noon – 5pm
Monday, Jan 27 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, Feb 2 Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, Feb 3 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, Feb 8 Noon – 5pm (including pond cleanup project)

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Thank you as always for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team