Saturday: Pond Workshop & Solar Oven Demo!

Dear Farm Friends,

Come out to the farm this Saturday for a rare opportunity to spend some time working and learning in our pond habitat in the workshop described below. If you’ve been curious about the life of the farm pond, this is your chance to learn more and help care for it. Afterwards, relax in our outdoor kitchen with snacks from solar ovens. Details on how to register are below.

Water Gardening/Pond Clean Up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Saturday, August 29, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Instructors: Brett Stephens & Kerry Hughes
Come out to help with our summer time pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. The day will include a discussion on 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!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a snack, prepared in our solar ovens by Kerry Hughes. Participants are encouraged to come early (10am) to help harvest food from the farm for the snack.

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.

…and save the date for the following fall workshop:

Winter Gardening in San Francisco’s Secret Growing Season
Saturday, October 17, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Instructor: Hannah Shulman
This class will teach you the basics of winter gardening in San Francisco’s moderate climate and how to have herbs and greens all fall and winter long.

Hannah Shulman is the Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. She studied at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, and has been a garden educator with Urban Sprouts, Garden for the Environment, and 18 Reasons/BiRite Market.

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.

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. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Other upcoming events, at the farm and beyond:

Urban Ag Academy – September 12, SF County Fair Building
A daylong free event sponsored by the SF Urban Agriculture Program. More information is here.

Urban Ag Resource Center – October 17, Alemany Farm
The resource center returns to Alemany Farm. Bring a bucket and bring home free compost, soil, and mulch for your own garden. You can also take advantage of Hannah’s winter gardening class described above.

Save the date:
Alemany Farm 11th Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday October 24, 11am-5pm

More details to come!

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Upcoming regularly scheduled community workdays. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Monday, August 24, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, August 29, Noon – 5pm
Monday, August 31, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, September 6, Noon – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

Afternoon Snack this Saturday + upcoming Natives Workshop

Dear Farm Friends,

Please join us for this Saturday’s workday (August 8), which will include an afternoon snack in our outdoor kitchen! Cecilia, one of our volunteers, will be prepping and sharing some yummy dishes from Puglia, Sicilia, and Sardegna regions of their native Italy. The midsummer days have been lovely at the farm — come out, pitch in with some garden work, then enjoy a late afternoon bite to eat and some community. We want to make this a periodic feature of our workdays, to give different volunteers a chance to share their food heritage — so please come out to support and learn!

Cecilia welcomes assistance from a couple of interested volunteers: If you want to help in the kitchen this Saturday with prepping, serving, and cleanup (and sharing some food knowledge), please contact us at community.gardeners@gmail.com.

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We have a wide array of native plants in various areas of the farm—many of them in flower right now. This workshop will give you a chance to take a closer look at these plants that are so beautifully adapted to our region.

Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area
Sunday, August 16, 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 drought tolerant 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.

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.

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. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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And of course, you can join us for our regularly scheduled community workdays. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, August 8, Noon – 5pm (including afternoon snack in the kitchen!)
Monday, August 10, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, August 16, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, August 17, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, August 22, Noon – 5pm

For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page.

We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team