Summer Workshops & Workdays at Alemany Farm

Dear Farm Friends,

Summer continues to offer a profusion of blooms and greens and produce at Alemany Farm. From the high-climbing sunflowers to the leeks, kales, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and what all at their feet, the garden is looking truly lush.

If you want to develop more horticulture skills to make your own backyard garden or urban homestead thrive, we have 2 remaining Summer Gardening Workshops coming up! These classes are meant to cover some of the basics that will help you create a healthy garden at your home or in your community.

Next up:
• Irrigation and Water Management w/ John Stokes, Saturday, July 20, from 1:30 to 4 PM
In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore various irrigation systems at the Farm in order to cover the following material, which can be applied to gardens both large and small:
– options for low-volume vegetable garden irrigation (emitter line, drip tape and micro-spray)
– mist systems for greenhouses
– considerations for zoning systems, including manual and automatic control options
– basics of assembling a drip system
– soil moisture and watering schedules
If time allows, we may install a small drip system for a raised bed.

…and next month:
• Native Plant Landscaping for the Bay Area w/ Vicki Wilderman & Jim Cartan, Saturday, August 3, from 1:30 to 4 PM
This workshop will focus on how native plants can be used to enhance yards and gardens or other spaces. We will explore the native plant areas at the Farm to learn about the benefits of and various uses for native plants. Bring your curiosity and your questions!

To RSVP for either of these classes, please write to There is a suggested $20 donation for each class; no one turned away for lack of funds. You can pre-pay for any of the workshops here. Please put the date of the workshop in the “in honor of” field. Alternatively, you can bring cash or check to the class.

Of course, if you can’t make it to a workshop, you can still spend some time at the farm at one of our upcoming community workdays:

Saturday, July 13, Noon – 5pm
Monday, July 15, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, July 21, Noon – 5pm (including work in our native plant areas)
Monday, July 22, 1 – 5pm
Saturday, July 27, Noon – 5pm
Monday, July 29, 1 – 5pm
Sunday, August 4, Noon – 5pm

Thanks for your work to make SF more food secure. We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

The Farm Team