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


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


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.