Irrigation Workshop this Saturday!

Dear Farm Friends,

There are just a couple of spaces left for this Saturday’s workshop on irrigation and water management, offered by our resident irrigation expert. Class size is limited—this is a great chance to focus in close and get practical knowledge on various irrigation systems in use at Alemany Farm, and then get some hands-on practice installing a small system. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and learn how this can be applied to your own garden. And in next month’s workshop, you’ll have a chance to explore the farm’s native plant areas with two of the folks who’ve helped create and maintain them. Learn about the drought tolerant plants that are native to San Francisco and California, and how they can be used in various settings.

This weekend:

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.

Coming up next month:

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 17, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructors: Jim Cartan & Vicki Wilderman
This workshop will focus on how native plants can be used to enhance yards and gardens or other spaces. Join these experienced native plant stewards to explore the native areas at the Farm and learn about the benefits of and various uses for native plants. Bring your curiosity and your questions!
Jim Cartan is manager of Alemany Farm’s native plant demonstration garden,and Vicki Wilderman is 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 bring check or cash to the workshop. Checks should be payable to San Francisco Parks Alliance.)

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Join us for the following upcoming regular community workdays:

Sunday, July 20, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, July 21, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, July 26, Noon – 5pm
Monday, July 28, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, August 3, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)

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!

The Farm Team

Sunday July 6th: Water Gardening Workshop

Dear Farm Friends,

If you’re in town for the holiday weekend, consider joining us at the farm for this workshop focusing on the benefits and uses of aquatic plants. It’s also a rare chance to do a little work in the farm pond! Join us for the workshop, then stay for the community harvest at the end of the workday.

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.

To register for the workshop, send us an email at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your name(s) and the name of the workshop you’d like to attend.

There is a suggested donation of $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds. If you are able to make a donation, you may do so on our online donation page, or with cash or check at the workshop. Checks should be payable to our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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You can also visit the farm for these upcoming community workdays:

Sunday, July 6, Noon – 5pm (including work in our medicinal herb garden)
Monday, July 7, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, July 12, Noon – 5pm
Monday, July 14, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, July 20, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)

Find out more on our Get Involved page.

We hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team