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Alemany Farm Earth Day & upcoming workshops

By The Farm Team | April 11, 2015

Dear Farm Friends:

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th for our springtime community tradition!  Bring friends, meet new friends, connect with old friends.

9th Annual Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 11am – 5pm
at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF
FREE
*view the event flyer*
(feel free to post and share)

Here’s what’s slated:

* BBQ & potluck picnic (we’ll have our traditional roasted pig, other meat & veggie grill items, and super fresh tossed farm salad)
please bring a side dish or dessert to share for the potluck (1pm-ish)
* Sweet mandolin tunes at lunchtime (more music is welcome…if you have an acoustic instrument you like to play, bring it along, find a spot to play, and feel free to share your own music throughout the day)
* Farm tasks in the lower garden and native plant areas (11am – 1pm) — work up an appetite before lunch!
* Solar oven cooking demo
* Face painting
* Farm tours (11:30am & 3pm)
* Medicinal herb walk (3pm)
…and Community, of course!

– In the spirit of Earth Day, please bring your own reusable utensils, cups, & plates, if possible. –

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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PLEASE NOTE: There will NOT be workdays on Sunday, April 19 or Saturday April 25!

But you can join us for these other upcoming workdays:

Monday, April 13, 1pm – 5pm
Monday, April 27, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, May 3, Noon – 5pm (including work in the medicinal herb garden)
Monday, May 4, 1pm – 5pm

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

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Spring & Summer Workshop Series – starting May 9!

Get ready for our upcoming series of spring/summer workshops starting in May. Workshop topics will include Soil Fertility & Composting; Native Plants; Aquaculture; Irrigation, and others to be announced.

We’re starting off in May with two workshops designed to make a great pair, but can work as stand-alones if you can’t make it to both:

SOIL 101:
It Starts with the Soil:  Soil Fertility for Your Garden
Saturday, May 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Jason Mark
How can you get the most out of your backyard garden? It all starts with the soil, since soil fertility is key to having healthy and strong plants that can withstand pest and disease pressures. This class will provide an overview in soil testing, soil nutrients, cover cropping in Northern California’s climate, and compost basics.
Jason Mark is a co-founder of Alemany Farm and a veteran urban gardener.

SOIL 102:
Basic Backyard Composting for the Home Gardener
Saturday, May 16, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Instructor: Hannah Shulman
This class will teach you the basics of composting with materials you have on hand.  We’ll discuss different types of compost, how to apply it, and if we have time, build one on site.
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, enter the name & date of the workshop you’re attending. (Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop.)

Details on future workshops will be available soon.

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Thank you as always for your support for urban agriculture in SF.  We hope to see you at the farm on Earth Day and beyond!

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