Corporate groups regularly volunteer at Alemany Farm as a way to foster team-building and give back to the local community. Getting your hands dirty helping to grow food is about as direct and rewarding as it gets!
For the most part, we can only accommodate group visits on our regularly-scheduled volunteer workdays; we are also usually limited to hosting one group per workday. Rare exceptions to these general rules depend on volunteer coordinator availability. To check on our availability and plan your visit, please contact us via email (at firstname.lastname@example.org).
As we are a volunteer organization, donations are necessary to keep the farm running. In particular, gifts from corporate giving programs form a significant portion of our annual budget, so we encourage all corporate groups to make a donation to the farm as part of their visit. Donation checks should be made out to our fiscal sponsor, SF Parks Alliance, with “Friends of Alemany Farm” written in the memo line. Donation guidelines are available upon request.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT:
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the shelter-in-place order now in effect in San Francisco, there is no volunteering at Alemany Farm through May 3. This is part of the widespread effort to help control the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Please note that many City parks and green spaces remain open for the public to visit while observing social and physical distancing guidelines. Please be assured that the farm will be safely cared for by a small team of approved staff in the coming weeks, so that we can keep it thriving and productive until we can gather together again as a community. Find more farm updates.
You may still contact us about the possibility of scheduling potential farm visits for your group later in the season.
Groups of fewer than 25 people:
If your group will consist of fewer than 25 people (of any age), contact us via email at least two weeks in advance (at email@example.com). Please include the following information:
1. Name or affiliation of your group, and your name and contact info (as the representative of your group)
2. Number of people to visit the farm in your group, and their general ages
3. Date and times your group proposes to visit the farm (regular volunteer workdays strongly encouraged — see above)
If you do not receive a reply within 5 days after you send your email, please feel free to send us a follow-up email reminding us of your group’s proposed visit.
Groups of 25 or more people:
If your group will consist of 25 or more people (of any age), additional requirements apply — Please see and follow the instructions of the “Permits” section below.
When you come to one of our volunteer workdays as part of a group, we want you to have a great “Alemany Farm” experience. For this reason, we ask that your group arrive promptly at the beginning of the workday, follow the “What to Bring” instructions (see below), and that your group stay to help with the work we will be doing that day. At the very beginning of the workday, we will provide your group an orientation tour to the Farm and to the work that will be done that day by volunteers (including your group).
On the weekends we focus on the row crop production area and compost. On Mondays, in addition to row crop production, we’re also on the hillside, focusing on veggie production, orchard care, and water management. Depending upon the season, typical work activities include weeding or weed cutting, digging or trenching, mulching, composting, plant and seed planting, pruning, terracing, wheelbarrow hauling, laying irrigation and watering, building garden structures, and harvesting.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Water Bottle
- Sturdy Shoes
- Jacket with layered clothing underneath
- A bag (to bring home some produce)
**Travel light! The farm is an open public space and we have no secure storage for bags. Leave valuables at home and be mindful of your personal belongings, as you would in any park setting.
In accordance with policy of the SF Recreation and Parks department, any group visit of 25 or more to Alemany Farm requires (1) 30 days’ advance notice, and (2) a permit.
To request the required permit, please send us an email (at firstname.lastname@example.org) not less than 30 days before the date your group proposes to visit Alemany Farm. Once we confirm that we can host your group on the proposed date, we will give you directions for completing the RPD permit which you can do online or over the phone.
By BART: Glen Park is the closest BART station. It is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute bike to the farm. When exiting the station, cross Bosworth St, then turn right on Bosworth and follow it under the overpass. Bear left and follow Bosworth several blocks to Mission St. Cross Mission and head east on Murray St for 3 blocks until it ends at the entrance to Saint Mary’s Rec Center. Just inside the park entrance gate take an immediate right and follow the paved drive down the hill past the playground and the dog run, then bear left and down the walkway ramp to Alemany Blvd. The pedestrian gate to Alemany Farm is a few feet to the left.
Via bus from the Mission/Downtown SF: Take a 14 or 49 bus southbound on Mission Street to Bosworth (several blocks past 30th St). Cross Mission to Murray Street, then proceed along Murray and continue to the farm as described above.
You may search Google Maps for “Alemany Farm” to make your own route by bike, bus, or car.