As part of our celebration of Friends of Alemany Farm’s 15-year anniversary on the farm, we have some great seasonally appropriate plant starts that we’d love to share with you! We will have a socially distanced plant start stand at Alemany Farm on the following days (while supplies last). We still can’t invite you to volunteer with us, but why not drop by the farm to support, say hello, and see what’s growing.
Plant Stand Dates/Times:
Sunday, Sept 27, 10 am – 1 pm
Sunday, Oct 4, 10 am – 12:30 pm
We suggest a $5 donation per plant start; all funds go to supporting Friends of Alemany Farm. Cash only, exact change appreciated! Please follow social distancing guidelines (enforced at the stand and elsewhere).
Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94110
(parking is available on the gravel drive inside the farm gate)
kale, chard, lettuce, choi, mustard, brussel sprouts, kalettes, spinach, broccoli, napa cabbage, bunching onions, ground cherries, romanesco
Plus: assorted herbs; native lupine; alstroemeria; lavender; aloe vera, and more
As we move into fall, we are once again planning events to support and engage our community. See below for details and registration for our September 26 virtual Q&A on fall gardening basics, and a heads-up on our fall plant sale. Together, these events are meant to support you in your home or neighborhood gardening work at a time when we are not able to gather at Alemany Farm.
But first, we want to let you know that all summer long we have continued the essential work of growing and harvesting fresh produce at Alemany Farm for free distribution. Each week, Friends of Alemany Farm co-directors Abby and Jack have worked with RPD staff and a small group of interns to harvest hundreds of pounds of food destined for the Free Farm Stand, the Alemany Apartments Food Pantry and, in partnership with our friends at PODER, for distribution to residents in the Excelsior. We are still unable to welcome volunteers back to the farm, but we look forward to when we can all once again dig into this work together. In the meantime, we hope you’ll engage with us through our virtual events and our real live plant sale!
Ask a Farmer Q&A Series: Basics of Fall Gardening Saturday, September 26, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Online webinar – Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds
The Ask a Farmer Series is our effort to reconnect and provide resources to our robust and beloved Alemany Farm community! Whether you’re a total beginner or an old farm hand, we hope you’ll join us for this hour-and-a-half long workshop on best practices for fall and winter gardening here in the Bay Area. First, our farmers will cover everything from what crops to plant and when, to autumn garden maintenance and care. This is a chance to anticipate challenges and game-plan solutions in advance. After we briefly cover the basics, the rest of the workshop will be open for an office-hours-style question and answer session.
HEADS UP: Look for more details soon on our upcoming Fall Plant Sale! We will have seasonally-appropriate plants starts available for purchase. (Think broccoli, kale, chard, brussel sprouts, etc., and perhaps a few native and perennial plants.) We’ll be in touch when we have date/time/location and a full plant list set.
The Friends of Alemany Farm have some great tomato, eggplant, cucumber, and a few hot pepper starts that we’d love to share with you! We will have a socially distant plant start stand at 451 Kansas Street #503 in San Francisco on the following days (while supplies last):
Wednesday, June 3, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m
Saturday, June 6, 1 – 2 p.m.
We suggest a $5 donation per start – all funds go to supporting Alemany Farm. Cash only. (Exact change appreciated.) Please follow social distancing guidelines (enforced at the stand and elsewhere).
451 Kansas Street, #503
(Yellow townhouse at corner of Mariposa and Kansas Streets)
The pickup location will be clearly marked with signs saying “Alemany Farm Plant Start Sale”
Greetings and well wishes from your Friends here at Alemany Farm. The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the absolute necessity of local food production – whether in community gardens or backyards – and recently Alemany Farm was featured in the New York Times and Sierra (the national magazine of the Sierra Club). Both items shed light on the good work Alemany Farm and other community gardens nationwide are doing to boost local food sovereignty, feed hungry neighbors and friends, and foster a culture of garden-literacy, rain or shine (or global pandemic). We invite you to check them out:
(The article in Sierra, notably, is penned by our very own Friend and long-term volunteer co-manager, Jason Mark, who co-founded Alemany Farm back in 2005.)
Hearty thanks to those of you who’ve reached out recently to offer financial contributions, kind words, and to ask how you can support the farm from your homes! It’s encouraging to see the farm community remain active and engaged even as we all grapple with the prolonged consequences of COVID-19. If you are able, please donate to keep the farm productive in a time of food scarcity.
We look forward to when we can welcome you back to the farm to work and learn together. In the meantime, we’re bringing some of our farm workshops online, starting on May 2 . And we’re sharing a few photos below – evidence that farm work of all kinds continues.
If you’re looking for other ways to help boost food production in your community, you may be interested in the #CoopGardens initiative, a public campaign launched by The Cooperative Gardens Commission, aimed at connecting those with food-growing resources – including seeds, soil, tools, equipment, land, labor, and knowledge – with those who lack such resources. Learn more at coopgardens.org.
Many thanks for your attentiveness to the natural world and your readiness to share seeds, starts, sweat, and other kinds of support, so that Alemany Farm can continue to nourish neighbors and friends in many ways.
Our skeleton crew continues their work to keep Alemany Farm productive during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place. Last week they planted mustard, choi, chard, squash, and bush beans, and harvested the weekly donations for the Alemany Public Housing Food Pantry and the Free Farm Stand. They found a few moments for some photography, too. Enjoy some spring color:
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda said, “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep the spring from coming.” In the midst of our current public health crisis, so much seems changed, interrupted, and uncertain. And yet, at Alemany Farm and at farms and gardens all over, spring arrives, life asserts itself, and the crops continue to grow.
Activities at Alemany Farm are necessarily limited at the moment: no volunteering, no workshops, no events. But be assured that the farm is being cared for and that Friends of Alemany Farm remains committed to growing healthy food for residents of San Francisco and to stewarding this beloved green sanctuary for humans and wildlife alike. The City has designated our work at the farm as an essential service during the shelter-in-place order – an important recognition of the work we do to feed low-income families in San Francisco. Farm Manager Abby Bell and Assistant Manager Jack Thomas are on site doing essential cultivation and maintenance on Mondays and Fridays, in coordination with two staffers from the Recreation & Park Department. Last week they planted new beds of collards, beets, cilantro, onions, choi, and lettuce, ensuring that the Farm will continue to offer food in the months ahead.
There is a saying among farmers: “Food is medicine.” This moment is reminding us how essential it is to eat healthy, fresh foods that can support our immune systems, and how vital farms and gardens are. Like clean air and water, we need healthy food to survive. Abby and Jack’s work on the farm with our SFRPD partners includes not only keeping the crops growing, but continuing our weekly harvest donations each Friday for the food pantry in the neighboring Alemany Public Housing community, and for the Free Farm Stand, which gives away free produce each Sunday in the Mission District. Neighbors are also coming by to find a bit of fresh air and to harvest produce for themselves and their families. In this way, Friends of Alemany Farm is sustaining the work we’ve done for 15 years and supporting folks who may be especially vulnerable at this moment.
During this time when we can’t work together with you in the garden, we hope we’ll all continue to cultivate community spirit, even at a distance. We hope these photos from the farm to help you feel connected. Another way to connect is with a gift. Roughly 30% of our annual budget evaporated with the cancellation of many springtime events. If you are moved to support us with a donation, it will sustain the essential work of providing fresh, healthy, free food for the folks who need it most. We know many people are experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty right now. However, if you are able to donate, we will be most grateful for a gift of any size.
Like many of the City’s parks and green spaces, Alemany Farm remains open for folks to visit while observing social and physical distancing guidelines to help control the spread of COVID-19. Nearby friends and neighbors are welcome to come by to catch a break and a breath of fresh air, to pick some fresh produce, and to get a sweet taste of spring.
We will keep in touch with you in the coming weeks with more photos and updates from the farm. In the meantime, we wish you good health, a good night’s sleep, nourishing meals, a sense of connection, and an experience of spring wherever you can find it.
Due to the shelter-in-place order now in effect in the City and County of San Francisco, there is no volunteering at Alemany Farm until further notice. This is part of the widespread effort to control the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Rest assured that the farm will be safely cared for by a skeleton crew of approved staff in the coming weeks, so that we can keep it thriving and productive until we can welcome volunteers to join us again.
We will miss working together with you in the physical Alemany Farm space in the coming weeks; we know that our workdays are a respite for many of us from the stressors of daily life and a chance to connect with Bay Area neighbors in a shared mission. Although we do not have this common space for the moment, we hope that we’ll all remain in community spirit even at a distance. We encourage you to take good care of yourselves and each other, and to find safe and responsible ways to enjoy a bit of fresh air and the natural world on your own.
UPDATE: The benefit dinner for Friends of Alemany Farm at Zuni Cafe has been postponed in light of current measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. We look forward to rescheduling this event at a later date.
Dear Farm Friends,
Friends of Alemany Farm is thrilled to be the beneficiary of a special dinner hosted by Zuni Café and East Bay Eats on Monday, March 16, with special guest chef Filbert Lim! Every other month East Bay Eats host a family-style, community dinner at some of the Bay’s most beloved restaurants. And in March, dinner is for the farm!
Enjoy a seasonal, multi-course, prix-fixe mediterranean meal – wine included – at one of San Francisco’s landmark restaurants. Signature cocktails may also be ordered throughout the night at the cash bar. All in support of Friends of Alemany Farm!
Tickets are $100 per person for a multi-course meal (wine included). Two seatings: 5:30 and 8 p.m. Please join us on March 16 for this special evening, and spread the word to friends in your network who love good food and community agriculture!