Urban Beekeeping Workshop & Harvest Festival

Dear Farm Friends,

Our donation-based Fall Workshop Series concludes this Saturday, with a chance to gain insight into one of our most important pollinators: honeybees! Space is still available, so please consider joining us:

Introduction to Urban Beekeeping
Saturday, October 7 — 10 a.m. to Noon at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Fernando Aguilar

Please join us in exploring bee biology and habits, responsible beekeeping basics, and learning about essential hive equipment. We will also look at an observation hive (subject to availability), take a safe peek at the Alemany Farm apiary, and will get to taste some honey. This workshop is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping in urban spaces. Participants have the option to join our regular community workday following the workshop.

Fernando is a former SF Beekeepers Association Board Member and continues to be active with this organization. He’s lived in The City his entire life, currently residing in Bernal Heights, and has been keeping bees for 7 years.

Register for the workshop.

Our workshop series offers both farm newcomers and regular volunteers a chance to deepen your knowledge, explore a new skill, or pick up some tips and ideas you can apply in your own garden or kitchen. All workshops will take place at the farm.

Find full descriptions and register for workshops on our website.

Suggested donation per workshop is $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 pay with cash or check at the workshop. Checks should be payable to San Francisco Parks Alliance.


We hope you’ve saved the date for Alemany Farm’s…

13th Annual Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 21
11 am – 4 pm
Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF

~*~ See and share the event flyer ~*~

The day will include:

Farm chores including our annual garlic planting
Farm tours (11:30ish & 2:30ish)
Butterfly walk with Amber Hasselbring of Nature in the City (12:15 p.m.)
Face painting and other kids activities
LIVE music from Karen Celia & Friends Old-Time Band and The Kai Lyons Experience
– Friends of Alemany Farm T-shirts, local honey, and other items available for a suggested donation
– and of course, a delicious BBQ and potluck picnic, featuring our traditional roast pig, other grill items (including veggie options), and a fresh tossed farm salad.
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share!

Please come by – we’re expecting nice weather, great food, and the warm company of friends old and new.

If you’re interested in helping out at Harvest Festival, please drop us a line at community.gardeners@gmail.com. We can especially use help at our greeter table and with organizing and tending the potluck picnic area.

We hope you’ll come to a workshop (and Harvest Festival), but please also join us for one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Saturday, October 7, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, October 9, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, October 15, Noon – 5 pm
Saturday, October 21, HARVEST FESTIVAL, 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday, October 28, Noon – 5 pm

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