Late Summer News from Alemany Farm

Dear Farm Friends,

The daylight hours are still fairly long and our summer crops of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and others are still plentiful, but it’s not too early for us to start thinking about our fall harvest celebration.

Save-the-Date for our 9th Annual Alemany Farm Harvest Festival: Saturday, October 19, 2013.
More details to come, but as usual you can expect lots of good food, activities for kids (and grownups, too), farm tours & tasks, and fun…for free.

Speaking of harvest, our summer harvest season is in full swing. In fact, we harvested over 2,000 lbs of produce in July, and even more in August. Ranging from leafy greens to fruits to root vegetables, these tons of food comprise a couple dozen different crops that provide sustenance not only for volunteers and our neighbors in the Alemany Dwellings, but for the wider community as well through weekly food donations to the Free Farm Stand and St. Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen.

Thank you to everyone who’s come out to volunteer in recent weeks and months for helping to keep the farm so amazingly productive (and beautiful, too). There’s still time to enjoy the late summer bounty and do something good for yourself and the community. Join us for the following upcoming workdays:

Sunday, Sept. 1, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Sept. 2 (Labor Day), 1pm – 5pm
Saturday, Sept. 7, Noon – 5pm
Monday, Sept. 9, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, Sept. 15, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, Sept. 16, 1pm – 5pm

More thanks are in order to everyone who supported the Kickstarter campaign to help build an outdoor kitchen at Alemany Farm. Team AOK—the student designers from California College of the Arts who are spearheading this effort—raised $6,776 with the support of 99 backers by the time the campaign closed on August 21! Whether you were able to donate or not, come out to a workday in the coming weeks to see the progress on building the kitchen. We hope to have it up and running by Harvest Festival on October 19!

Lastly, busy summer farm days remind us that we always welcome and appreciate donations of tools & supplies: garden hoses & fittings, hand tools, gloves, wheelbarrows, organic fertilizers, organic pest controls in concentrated form, etc. If you have it and want to donate it, please contact us to arrange pickup!

Thank you for your support in making San Francisco more food secure. We hope to see you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team