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Fall Workshops and More

By The Farm Team | August 18, 2017

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!

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