Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop & Fruit Tree Planting Day – MLK Day

Dear Farm Friends,

Join us at the farm to plant fruit trees in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 18!  We will celebrate this Day of Service with an extensive fruit tree planting to grow the orchard and provide fruit for future generations. Workday is 12-5pm.  Come prepared to work outside.  No experience needed.

In addition, join the city’s Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator Hannah Shulman for a Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on Alemany’s older trees from 2-4pm.

Learn the basics of fruit tree pruning and how to begin properly managing the size, production, and structure of your tree or orchard.  This basic class will give a background on fruit trees and their growth cycle, and we’ll focus on winter pruning techniques to stimulate growth for the new year.  The class will be held outside with a live demonstration and possible hands-on practice opportunities.

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.

NOTE: Workshop is limited to a small number of participants, so RSVPs are required by 1/13.  The event will be held regardless of weather conditions unless there is a severe rainstorm.

How to Register for Workshops:

Send an email to 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
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 at 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.

If you can’t join us on MLK Day, come by for one of our other regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, January 9, Noon – 5pm
Monday, January 11, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, January 17, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas!)
Monday, January 18, Noon – 5pm (MLK Day fruit tree planting!)
Saturday, January 23, Noon – 5pm
Monday, January 25, 1pm – 5pm

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