We’re pleased to announce Friends of Alemany Farm’s Fall 2018 Workshop Series! Check out our offerings below from August to October and please register in advance at the links provided.

If you’re new to Alemany Farm, our workshops are a great excuse to come out for an introduction to some of the work we do, while learning skills you can bring home to your own garden or kitchen. For regular volunteers, they are a chance to deepen your knowledge in a more structured setting.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 per person per workshop; 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.

Friends of Alemany Farm’s Fall 2018 Workshop Series is generously sponsored by Google.



Planning a Winter Kitchen Garden

Saturday, September 22nd, 10 am – 12 pm 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.*

Jason Mark, a co-founder and volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.

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Water Gardening/Pond Clean Up & Solar Cooking Workshop

Sunday, September 23, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  Brett Stephens & Kerry Hughes

Come learn about aquatic plants and water management and help with Alemany Farm’s late summer pond maintenance. The day will include a discussion on pond ecology, the importance of water sources on organic farms, strategies for management and creating plant and animal diversity. Bring your hip waders or rain boots, if you have them (a few will be provided), gloves, snacks to share, and join us in getting your hands wet!

After our work in the pond, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a light meal, prepared in our solar ovens by Kerry Hughes. Participants are encouraged to come early (10:30am) to help harvest food from the farm for the snack.

Brett Stephens is co-owner/project manager of San Francisco Landscapes. He is certified in permaculture design, a Bay-Friendly professional, ARCSA accredited professional, and a long-time volunteer at Alemany Farm.

Kerry is a permaculture student and solar cooking enthusiast.

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Introduction to Urban Beekeeping

Saturday, October 6th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Fernando Aguilar

Please join us in exploring bee biology and habits, responsible beekeeping basics, and learn about essential hive equipment. We will also look at an observation hive (subject to availability), take a safe peek at the Alemany Farm apiary, and get to taste some honey. This workshop is a great introduction to bees and beekeeping in urban spaces.

Fernando is a former SF Beekeepers Association Board Member, and continues to be active with this organization.  He’s lived in The City his entire life, currently residing in Bernal Heights, and has been keeping bees for 8 years.

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Past workshops:

Cooking from the Summer Garden

Sunday August 19th, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Evanthia Skalkos and Daniel Ishofsky

Farm to Table dining is rooted in the Bay Area. Well, it turns out that we have both a farm and a table. Come experience the summertime bounty cropping up on the farm with this hands-on harvest and cooking workshop, culminating in sharing a four course meal together. In this workshop we will learn about summer vegetables, do a farm harvest, discuss the benefits of eating seasonally, and cook and share a meal together in our outdoor kitchen. Nutritional aspects will be discussed, along with the benefits of incorporating plant-based foods into our diets.

Evan Skalkos has been an active volunteer and Friend of Alemany Farm for the past 2 years. She enjoys getting her hands in the dirt on a regular basis and appreciates the ability to see the food cycle in its entirety. One of her true passions is growing healthy, organic food and transforming it into tasty, nutritious plant-based meals. Join her as she shares this passion for fun and tasty treats on the Farm this Summer!

Daniel Ishofsky has been part of the Friends of Alemany Farm for the past 4 years. He enjoys showing people where their food comes from, and watching their eyes go wide when they see their favorite fruits and vegetables growing “in the wild.”

Space is limited so please register in advance.
Please bring your own cutting board and knife.

Registration for this workshop is closed


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.

Registration for this workshop is closed


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.

Registration for this workshop is closed


Bring Seasonal Color Into Your World—Using Natural Dyes

Sunday, September 2, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: LisaRuth Elliott

Learn to read Alemany Farm as a color palette. We’ll explore the late summer farmscape to forage for plants, flowers, and leaves that create a range of hues on fiber and textiles. You’ll learn the basics of preparing fibers for dyeing, and simple dyeing methods using natural materials and everyday foods from your kitchen. Participate in making a pot of fresh dye in the Alemany Outdoor Kitchen. Take home a jar of dyestuff, a piece of naturally dyed silk, and a recipe card with basic dyeing instructions.

LisaRuth Elliott, a Friends of Alemany Farm Auxiliary member and farm volunteer since 2010, is a visual and fiber artist, weaver and creator of textiles, and worked as a public muralist. Learn more about her work at lisaruthcreates.com and follow her on Instagram @sfurbanwanderer.

Space is limited so please register in advance.
that there is an additional $5 material fee for this workshop.

Registration for this workshop is closed