Picking & Pruning Workshops this Weekend!

Dear Farm Friends,

Our Fall Workshop Series continues this coming weekend with two workshops: the return of our popular pickling and fermentation session for a different season, and an introduction to summer fruit tree pruning. Please register in advance, and feel free to share with your networks. There is a suggested donation of $20 for our workshops, which benefits Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling and Fermentation
Saturday, August 25th, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Mei Ling Hui

Come learn all about making your own pickles at home! In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of pickle making, both with vinegars and natural fermentation, and tips you need to know to make sure your pickles are safe, crunchy, and delicious. At this workshop, you’ll make your own jar of cucumber dill pickles to take home for fermenting on your own. This workshop will be taught by the SF Rec and Park Dept’s own Urban Agriculture Program Manager, Mei Ling Hui, who volunteers as a Master Food Preserver.

Mei Ling Hui leads RPD’s community garden and urban farm programming, and has been volunteering as a Master Food Preserver since 2014. She has taught workshops all over the Bay Area, including at the San Mateo County Fair and Maker Faire. Mei Ling is also the Co-Chair for the Preserves Committee of the Good Food Awards, which honors the outstanding American food producers that push their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

Space is limited so please register in advance.
Please bring your own cutting board and knife.
NOTE that there is an additional $10 material fee for this workshop.

REGISTER for this workshop

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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, August 26th, 2:30 pm – 5 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Nick Hoff and Jason Mark

While common wisdom holds that most fruit trees should be pruned in the winter, vigorous and large deciduous fruit trees can also benefit from summer pruning. Come learn about the basics of when, why, and how to summer prune apples and plums at Alemany Farm, and get hands-on practice as well. This class will focus on the essentials of summer tree care, including pruning methods, pruning timing, and orchard hygiene. A quick refresher will also cover tree biology basics needed to understand how pruning works in general, which will help us as we demonstrate and practice what we learn in the field.

Nick Hoff has been a member of the Friends of Alemany Farm since 2011 and helps steward the farm’s 150 fruit trees.

Jason Mark is a co-founder and volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

REGISTER for this workshop

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Visit our Fall Workshops page for details and registration links for these other upcoming workshops through October:

  • Bring Seasonal Color into Your World: Using Natural Dyes – September 2
  • Planning a Winter Kitchen Garden – September 22
  • Water Gardening & Solar Cooking – September 23
  • Intro to Urban Beekeeping – October 6

We thank Google for generously sponsoring the Friends of Alemany Farm Fall 2018 Workshop Series.

We hope to see you at an upcoming workshop or community workday.

Fall Workshops, Rise for Climate March, and more

Dear Farm Friends,

Save the date:  Our annual Alemany Farm Harvest Festival will take place on Saturday, October 20, 11 am – 4 pm, at the farm. More details to come!

Save another date:  Friends of Alemany Farm – along with many other organizations – is endorsing the Rise for Climate March, which will take place in SF on Saturday, September 8. We’re canceling our workday that weekend and we encourage you to participate in the march! If you plan to attend, march organizers ask you to RSVP in order to document what they expect will be tens of thousands of participants.

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We’re calling it our Fall Workshop Series, but it starts in August and continues into October. We hope you will take a look at the range of sessions on offer and consider joining us for one or more. Please register in advance, and feel free to share with your networks. There is a suggested donation of $20 for our workshops, which benefits Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

First up, a chance to join others in a little harvesting, a little cooking, and some eating, all on the farm:

Cooking from the Summer Garden
Sunday August 19th, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Evanthia Skalkos and Daniel Ishofsky

Farm to Table dining is rooted in the Bay Area. Well, it turns out that we have both a farm and a table. Come experience the summertime bounty cropping up on the farm with this hands-on harvest and cooking workshop, culminating in sharing a four course meal together. In this workshop we will learn about summer vegetables, do a farm harvest, discuss the benefits of eating seasonally, and cook and share a meal together in our outdoor kitchen. Nutritional aspects will be discussed, along with the benefits of incorporating plant-based foods into our diets.

Evan Skalkos has been an active volunteer and Friend of Alemany Farm for the past 2 years. She enjoys getting her hands in the dirt on a regular basis and appreciates the ability to see the food cycle in its entirety. One of her true passions is growing healthy, organic food and transforming it into tasty, nutritious plant-based meals. Join her as she shares this passion for fun and tasty treats on the Farm this summer!

Space is limited so please register in advance.
Please bring your own cutting board and knife.

REGISTER for this workshop

Visit our Fall Workshops page for a full list and registration links for all 7 workshops.

We thank Google for generously sponsoring the Friends of Alemany Farm Fall 2018 Workshop Series.

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Please also join us for these upcoming community workdays:

Sat, Aug 11, Noon – 5 pm
Mon, Aug 13, 1 – 5 pm
Sun, Aug 19, Noon – 5 pm
Mon, Aug 20, 1 – 5 pm
Sat, Aug 25, Noon – 5 pm
Mon, Aug 27, 1 – 5 pm

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

We look forward to seeing you soon!

April 8 Farm Workshop

Dear Farm Friends,

First, note that we will NOT have a workday on Sunday, April 1 (Easter).

But next Sunday, aspiring gardeners should consider joining us for our first spring workshop:

Get Your Garden Going
Sunday, April 8 — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Jason Mark
Space is limited.

Do you want to start a small vegetable garden but need some guidance? This three-hour crash course in organic gardening is for the novice green thumb. The workshop will cover the basics of soil fertility and compost, crop planning for the Bay Area, and best watering techniques and non-chemical pest control.

Jason Mark is an Alemany Farm co-founder and volunteer co-manager. 

Get details and register on our Workshops page.

Earth Day at the Farm – April 21

Dear Farm Friends – come out and join Friends of Alemany Farm for our

12th Annual Alemany Farm Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21
11 am – 4 pm
Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF
FREE

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

The day will include:
farm chores (11 am – 1 pm)
farm tours (11:30-ish & 3-ish)
face painting and other kids’ activities …

delicious pig roast, BBQ and potluck picnic lunch! (1 pm-ish)
(Please bring a side dish or dessert to share.)

live music from …
The Kai Lyons Experience (11 – Noon)
Gruppo Pizzicato (12:30-1:30)

Friends of Alemany Farm thanks our
Earth Day co-sponsors and event partners:

SEIU 1021 Climate/Environment Workgroup
SF Professional Gardeners Association
SF Recreation & Parks Department
Alemany Resident Management Corp.
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Urban Services YMCA
Young Community Developers, Inc.

Please join us on April 21 – this is a favorite day to spend some time at the farm with friends old and new. And it’s FREE.

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Next Weekend: Pond Workshop & Solar Cooking

Dear Farm Friends,

Save the Date: Our annual Earth Day Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More details to come!

Read on to learn about next weekend’s workshop, this weekend’s volunteer fair, and a beekeeping apprenticeship offered by our friends at SF Bee-Cause. And of course, our regular community workdays, where you can join us in growing food and community.

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Water Gardening/Pond Clean-up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Sunday, February 18 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Brett Stephens and Kerry Hughes
Suggested donation: $20

Water and sun are fundamental to, well … just about everything. Come out to help with our late winter pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. Then follow it up with some solar snacks. The day will include a discussion on pond ecology, the importance of water sources on organic farms, strategies for management and creating plant and animal diversity. Bring your hip waders or rain boots, if you have them (a few will be provided), gloves, snacks to share, and join us in getting your hands wet!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a sweet and savory meal, prepared in solar cookers by Kerry Hughes. See various designs of solar cookers in action and taste the results of cooking with the sun.

Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a long-time volunteer at Alemany Farm.

Kerry is a permaculture student and solar cooking enthusiast.

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.

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.

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This Saturday, February 10, Friends of Alemany Farm will participate in the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Volunteer for the Environment! Volunteer Fair, featuring many Bay Area organizations offering a range of volunteer opportunities. It’s 10 am – 2 pm at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (1199 9th Ave at Lincoln Way). If you’re there, stop by our table and say hello!

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Interested in Beekeeping? Our friends at SF Bee-Cause are accepting applications for the 2018-2020 Beekeeping Apprenticeship program through February 18. Have you thought about becoming a beekeeper but were afraid to go it alone? This 2-year beekeeping apprenticeship program is an exciting and unique opportunity to learn beekeeping in a group setting. This year will mark SF Bee-Cause’s 6th beekeeping apprenticeship. For more information and to apply, visit SF Bee-Cause.

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Our regularly scheduled community work days are the backbone of our work at the farm. Help make it happen in 2018 by joining us for an upcoming workday. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Saturday, February 10
Monday, February 12
Sunday, February 18
Monday, February 19
Saturday, February 24
Monday, February 26
Sunday, March 4

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

We hope to see you at the farm soon!

Pond Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo

Dear Farm Friends,

We started off 2018 with a successful tree pruning workshop last weekend. Consider joining us for our next workshop, as we continue to explore some winter farm tasks.

Water Gardening/Pond Clean-up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Sunday, February 18 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Brett Stephens and Kerry Hughes
Suggested donation: $20

Water and sun are fundamental to, well … just about everything. Come out to help with our late winter pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. Then follow it up with some solar snacks. The day will include a discussion on pond ecology, the importance of water sources on organic farms, strategies for management and creating plant and animal diversity. Bring your hip waders or rain boots, if you have them (a few will be provided), gloves, snacks to share, and join us in getting your hands wet!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a sweet and savory meal, prepared in solar cookers by Kerry Hughes. See various designs of solar cookers in action and taste the results of cooking with the sun.

Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a long-time volunteer at Alemany Farm.

Kerry is a permaculture student and solar cooking enthusiast.

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.

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.

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Guess what: We logged over 12,000 volunteer hours at the farm in 2017, contributed by hundreds of volunteers. Most of those hours were at our regularly scheduled community work days, which are the backbone of our work at the farm. Help make it happen in 2018 by joining us for an upcoming workday. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Sunday, January 21 (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, January 22
Saturday, January 27
Monday, January 29
Sunday, February 4 (including work in our herb garden)
Monday, February 5
Saturday, February 10

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

We hope to see you at the farm soon!

Holiday Schedule, Tree Pruning Workshop, Indiegogo, and more

Dear Farm Friends,

FIRST: We’ll be taking a little time off over the holidays, so please note the following upcoming workday closures:

Saturday, 12/23: No workday
Monday, 12/25: No workday
Saturday, 12/30: No workday
Monday, 1/1: No workday

See our full upcoming schedule below.

NEXT: Join us for our first workshop of the new year! In case you don’t already know, we’re out at the farm all year long, and winter projects include seasonal fruit tree care. Come learn about it.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Saturday, January 13 — 10 a.m. to Noon at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Hannah Shulman and Nick Hoff

Learn the basics of pruning fruit trees in this hands-on, interactive class! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to understand how to maximize your tree’s potential for maximum fruit. We’ll focus on winter pruning, do a demonstration, and then allow you to do some hands-on practice on Alemany Farm’s very own apple trees. Participants have the option of joining our regular volunteer workday following the workshop.

Hannah Shulman is a graduate of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz. Previously, she was a garden educator with Urban Sprouts, GFE, and 18 Reasons / BiRite Market, and ran the first urban agriculture program for the city of San Francisco. She is now the Director of Programs at Education Outside.

Nick Hoff has been a member of the Friends of Alemany Farm since 2011, where, for the past five years, he has co-stewarded the farm’s over 150 fruit trees and helped oversee the planting of over 70 new trees.

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.

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.

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ALSO: Don’t forget about our Indiegogo campaign! We’ve sent you a few updates in recent weeks; if you’ve donated or helped spread the word already, thank you. If not, please consider supporting us! We are at close to half of our goal, with just a little over a week to go, so whatever you are able to give makes a difference. We appreciate your support as we continue to grow the farm. If you’ve donated already, and want to claim more perks, you can always donate again!

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LASTLY: Close out 2017 or start 2018 with us at one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Monday, December 11
Sunday, December 17 (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, December 18
Saturday, December 23 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, December 25 – NO WORKDAY
Saturday, December 30 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, January 1 – NO WORKDAY
Sunday, January 7 (including work in our herb garden)
Saturday, January 13

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

13th Annual Harvest Festival – This Saturday, October 21!

We hope you will join us at the farm this Saturday. Friends old and new are welcome to celebrate with us at our annual fall gathering!

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

~*~ 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, pumpkin decorating, and tie-dying activities for kids
Seed-saving craft activity for all ages
LIVE music from Karen Celia & Friends Old-Time Band (1 p.m.) and The Kai Lyons Experience (2:30 p.m.)
– 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.

Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!

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.

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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.

Labor Day Weekend Schedule & Upcoming Workshops

Dear Farm Friends,

Please note that we will NOT have a regular community workday this Sunday, September 3.

However, we WILL hold our weekly Monday workday on Labor Day, Sept 4, 1 – 5 p.m., so please feel free to join us then!

And don’t forget about our workshop series! Over five weekends in September and October, our donation-based Fall Workshop Series will offer 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.

Our first workshop of the season will help you get a head start on planning for winter, while it’s still summer:

Planning a Winter Kitchen Garden
Saturday, September 9 — 10 a.m. to Noon at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Jason Mark

Here in coastal California we’re blessed with the ability to grow food crops all-year long. What crops are the best to plant during the Bay Area rainy season? When is the best time to plant them? And what challenges can one expect from a winter garden? We’ll address these questions and others during this workshop, and you’ll come away with a better understanding of how to garden during the winter. Winter-appropriate vegetable starts will be on sale while supplies last. Participants have the option to join our regular community workday following the workshop.

Jason Mark is a co-founder and volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

And on the following weekend, participants get a chance for a rare up-close experience of our pond ecosystem…and then some snacks:

Water Gardening/Pond Clean Up Workshop & Solar Cooking Demo
Saturday, September 16 — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Brett Stephens & Kerry Hughes

Come out to help with our late summer pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. The day will include a discussion on pond ecology, the importance of water sources on organic farms, strategies for management and creating plant and animal diversity. Bring your hip waders or rain boots, if you have them (a few will be provided), gloves, snacks to share, and join us in getting your hands wet!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a snack, prepared in our solar ovens by Kerry Hughes. Participants are encouraged to come early if possible (10 a.m.) to help harvest food from the farm for the snack.

Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a long-time volunteer at Alemany Farm.

Register for a workshop.

Other upcoming workshops include:

Building Healthy Soil: Soil Basics, Soil Fertility, and Cover Crops
Saturday, September 23 — 10 a.m. to Noon at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Abby Bell and Evanthia Skalkos

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling and Fermentation
Sunday, October 1 — 10 a.m. to Noon at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Mei Ling Hui

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

Find full descriptions and register for workshops on our Workshops page.

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.

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We hope you’ll come to a workshop (or a few) and to Harvest Festival (October 21), but please also join us for one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Sunday, September 3 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, September 4, 1 – 5 pm (Labor Day)
Saturday, September 9, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, September 11, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, September 17, Noon – 5 pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, September 18, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, September 23, Noon – 5 pm

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

Thank you for your support. We hope to see you soon!