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!

Fall Workshops and More

Dear Farm Friends,

We hope you’ve had a chance to join us at the farm this summer. If not, we have plenty of reasons to visit Alemany Farm in the coming weeks and months.

First, save the date for our 13th Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 21! Details to come.

Next, consider joining us for a workshop. Friends of Alemany Farm is pleased to announce the return of our workshop series. Over five weekends in September and October, our Fall Workshop Series will offer donation-based workshops on topics ranging from basic soil fertility to food preservation, with much in between. These sessions are great for both farm newcomers and regular volunteers. 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:

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.

Register for the workshop.

Other workshops include:

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

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 the 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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Truck owners take note: Occasionally we could use help transporting donated supplies and materials from the donor to the farm. If you have a truck and you’d be willing to assist in this way from time to time, we’d love to hear from you and would be very grateful. Drop us a line at community.gardeners@gmail.com.

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We hope you’ll come to a workshop (or a few) and to 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:

Sunday, August 20, Noon – 5 pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, August 21, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, August 26, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, August 28, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, September 3 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, September 4, 1 – 5 pm (Labor Day)

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!

Join Us in June at the Farm

Dear Farm Friends,

As usual at this time of year, Alemany Farm is abundant with blooms, greenery, ripening fruits and veggies, and all sorts of farm friends, human and otherwise.

You yourself may have helped plant some of the cucumbers, squashes, beans, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, or other classic summer produce that is now maturing into productivity. And our front herb garden is looking especially lovely this year, thanks to all the work our dedicated volunteers have recently put in.

So please join the Friends of Alemany Farm for one of the upcoming community workdays below. If you haven’t been to the farm in a while, you’ll get to see all the site improvements that Rebuilding Together helped us achieve on Rebuilding Day in April, including new raised beds and the beautifully refurbished education circle, among others.

The farm will be home in the coming months to several summer camps for local youth to spend time outdoors learning about gardening, healthy food, local ecosystems, and more. But we’ll be here, too, with our weekend and Monday volunteer-powered workdays. Our hard work — with you — all year long helps set the scene to make Alemany Farm a vibrant site for these summer camp experiences for kids.

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Please join Friends of Alemany Farm for one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty and take home some veggies:

Saturday, June 10, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, June 12, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, June 18, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, June 19, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, June 24, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, July 3, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, July 8, Noon – 5 pm

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

We hope to see you soon!

No workday April 29 + Earth Day Thanks

Dear Farm Friends,

Please note that we will NOT have a community workday this weekend, due to Rebuilding Day on April 29.

(What is Rebuilding Day? It’s a chance for Friends of Alemany Farm to once again partner with and benefit from the volunteer power and expertise of Rebuilding Together, which will bring dozens of folks out to the farm under the direction of contractors, architects, and engineers to work on a variety of infrastructure projects. In the past, they’ve rebuilt our footbridge, stairways, and raised beds, among other things. So stop by in May to see the improvements we have in store this year!)

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Thank you to everyone who came out and helped make last Saturday’s Earth Day Celebration a big success! Special thanks to:

Bi-Rite Market and the San Francisco Professional Gardeners Association for their generous donations
– Our partners at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center and the Urban Services YMCA for offering face painting, T-shirt decorating, and other activities for kids

– Musical friends KC & the Moonshine Band for the sweet live tunes

and all the lovely volunteers who helped out with food prep, greeting table, herb crafts, farm chores, set-up, clean-up, etc. We can’t do it without you.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did!

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Please join us for one of our upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, April 29 – NO WORKDAY
Monday, May 1, 1 – 5 pm
Sunday, May 7, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, May 8, 1 – 5 pm
Saturday, May 13, Noon – 5 pm
Monday, May 15, 1 – 5 pm

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

Join us for Earth Day, April 22

Farm Friends,

Join us this Saturday, Earth Day, for our 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22 – 11 am to 4 pm – at Alemany Farm (700 Alemany Blvd, SF)

~*~ See the event flyer and share it with your friends ~*~

The day will include: 

  • farm chores
  • farms tours (11:30ish & 2:30ish)
  • herb crafts
  • face painting and other kids activities
  • LIVE music from our friends KC & the Moonshine Band (Noon – 1:30), followed by a bluegrass jam (musicians, bring your instruments)
  • Friends of Alemany Farm T-shirts, local honey, and other items available for a suggested donation
  • a BBQ and potluck picnic  (1:00ish) with our traditional roast pig, other grill items (including veggie options), and fresh tossed farm salad. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share!

We’re expecting good weather, great food, and the warm company of farm friends old and new.

We’re hiring!

Dear Farm Friends,

Quick reminder: This weekend is your chance to hang with the turtles and the tules at our annual winter Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop on Sunday, Feb. 19, with instructor Brett Stephens. Find more details.. Register in advance, or just stop by on Sunday. Suggested donation: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds).

Save the Date: April 22 will be our 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

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We’re hiring. As we announced in our year-end appeal, Friends of Alemany Farm is hiring our first paid, part-time staffer this spring.  We are hugely proud of the volunteer ethos that has made the farm thrive for many years. Our hope is that the Farm Manager position will enable us to keep up the momentum and increase our capacity to engage and inspire volunteers at Alemany Farm.

We are excited to be taking this step. Please check out the Farm Manager job description, and share it with folks in your networks who may be interested in applying. Or apply yourself if you think you’re the right candidate! The position is open until filled.

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Upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Sunday, Feb 19, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 20, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Feb 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 27, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, March 5, Noon – 5pm
Monday, March 6, 1 – 5pm

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

Thank you as always for your support and involvement.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Join us: Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop, Feb 19

Dear Farm Friends,

It’s time for our annual winter pond clean-up workshop.  Join our pond steward Brett Stephens for an afternoon of insight, learning, elbow grease, and maybe even hip waders.  If you’re curious about our pond ecosystem or aquatic plants, consider getting your feet wet at this workshop! It’s a rare opportunity for an up-close experience of the farm pond. The day will conclude with some snacks in our outdoor kitchen.

Water Gardening & Pond Clean-up Workshop – Winter Edition
Sunday, February  19, 11 am – 3 pm
Instructor:  Brett Stephens

Come out to help with our late winter pond maintenance while you learn about aquatic plants and water management. The day will include a discussion on the ecology of the pond, 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.

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.

To register for the workshop, email us at community.gardeners@gmail.com and tell us your full name and the name(s) of any friends you’re bringing along.

Suggested donation: $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 make a donation on our online donation page on the sidebar menu on this page. Alternatively, you can pay with check or cash at the workshop. Checks should be payable to the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

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Upcoming regularly scheduled community work days. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and bring home some veggies:

Saturday, Feb 11, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 13, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, Feb 19, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 20, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, Feb 25, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Feb 27, 1 – 5p

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

Thank you for your support and involvement throughout 2016.  We look forward to working with you in the current year.

The Farm Team

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