Summer is Blooming at the Farm

Dear Farm Friends,

Don’t forget about the water-focused gardening workshops coming up in July. Details are below. (Please note: the irrigation workshop is on July 19, not the 20th, as was erroneously listed in an earlier email.) Considering we’re in the dry season of a serious drought year, these workshops can help you learn about caring for and utilizing water responsibly.

But coming up right away we have our regular community workday this Saturday, June 21st (Noon – 5pm). It’s also the summer solstice, which means it’s a little special, too. So we’ll be doing some summer garden chores, but then we’ll break a little early to enjoy some snacks and socializing in the farm’s new outdoor kitchen. If you’re around, please join us to mark the “height of the light” — work with us in the garden (which is blooming into summer lushness), then enjoy some refreshments and community in the kitchen later in the afternoon. If you’d like to bring a snack or beverage to share, you’re welcome and encouraged to do so, but it’s not necessary, as we’ll have some on hand, including some fresh farm fare.

If you can’t join us on Saturday, there are these other upcoming workdays:

Monday, June 23, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 28, Noon – 5pm
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm – 5pm

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

If you need more incentive to join us, check out these lovely photos taken recently by an observant visitor to the farm.

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July Gardening Workshops:

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Brett Stephens
Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
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.

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. 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.

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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.

Advanced online donations are preferred. 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.)

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon!

The Farm Team

Upcoming Workshops & Thank You to Rebuilding Together

Dear Farm Friends,

If you haven’t been to the farm yet this spring, you should come out and see the amazing work Rebuilding Together did on a number of projects on Rebuilding Day, April 26th. A team of about 70 energetic volunteers came out to work on several big projects, including completely rebuilding our footbridge and a stairway to the lower garden, reconstructing the doorway to our wheelbarrow bin, plus putting up the beautiful Alemany Farm sign designed and created by students from California College of the Arts. They also helped weed and mulch all of our lower orchard, and even left us with a nice improvised stone bench in the shade! All of this was done at no cost to us, and certainly much faster than we could ever have done it ourselves. Big big thanks to the volunteers from Rebuilding Together for choosing us as one of their projects, and for your incredible work at the farm!

One opportunity to spend some time at the farm soon would be these upcoming gardening workshops. In July you can delve into two different approaches to water management with these two knowledgeable instructors. Check out the descriptions below, along with info on how to sign up.

Water Gardening
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 3:00 pm
Instructor: Brett Stephens

Aquatic plants not only enhance the look of your garden pond, but also create habitat for wildlife, help maintain healthy water, and can even be edible or medicinal. This workshop will discuss a variety of easy to grow aquatic plants for our climate. We will also have a hands on plant installation in the on-site pond, so come out and get your hands wet! (*Water-proof boots are encouraged but not necessary.)
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.

Irrigation & Water Management
Saturday, July 19, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Instructor: John Stokes
Learn how to design, install, and maintain a low-volume irrigation system. 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.
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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.

Advanced online donations are preferred. 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.)

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Even if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can join us at one of our upcoming community workdays:

Monday, June 9, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, June 15, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Saturday, June 21, Noon – 5pm
Monday, June 23, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, June 28, Noon – 5pm
Sunday, July 6, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm – 5pm

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

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Thank you as always for your support for Alemany Farm. We hope to see you soon! (And we’re easier to find now, with our big beautiful sign in place by the entrance!)

The Farm Team

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