Apply for Alemany Farm’s 2012 Ecological Horticulture Class!

Dear Farm Friends:

We’re excited to announce that for the fourth year in a row Alemany Farm will offer an Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture for people looking to learn more about becoming their own food producer.

The 11-month course takes participants through each of the seasons and covers all the basics of organic gardening, including:

• Overview of bio-intensive crop production and permaculture principles
• Evaluating your soil type and measuring soil fertility
• Building compost
• Seed starting and greenhouse practices
• Water-wise irrigation methods
• Integrated pest and disease management
• Basic botany and plant identification
• Crop planning
• Summer and winter tree care

The class meets the Third Saturday of every month, from 10 AM to 5 PM. The class begins in March and will wrap up in January, 2013 as we follow the horticultural calender through Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

There is a morning skill share from instructors Jason Mark and Antonio Roman-Alcala, followed by a potluck lunch, an afternoon garden and orchard work session, and then a collective harvest of fruits and vegetables.

If you’re interested in applying, please complete this application [word doc, pdf] and return it to The application deadline is March 1, and the first class will take place on Saturday, March 17.

There is a suggested $125 donation that helps to cover material costs at Alemany Farm. But no one is turned away for lack of funds. We look forward to receiving your application.

Thanks so much for helping to make SF more food secure.

The Farm Team.

PS: Don’t forget these upcoming Alemany Farm Workdays!
Sunday, Feb 5
Monday, Feb 6
Saturday, Feb 11
Monday, Feb 13