We currently have no upcoming workshops. Check back here for information about additional workshops throughout summer and fall 2021.

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Past Workshops:

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Gardening with California Native Plants

A Hands-on Educational Workday

We are pleased to announce our first on site, in person educational workday event of the year! This event offers an opportunity to learn about California native plants, and then to get some hands-on experience in the farm’s native plant areas. Find details and registration links below. 

Suggested donation for the following session is $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the growing and distribution of free produce at Alemany Farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if it is available to you.

Saturday, May 8, 10 – 11:30 am
(followed by an optional afternoon workday in our native plant areas)
ON SITE event at Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, SF, CA
Instructor: Jim Cartan

Are you interested in learning more about California native plants and all of their benefits? Designed with the home gardener in mind, this event will take place on site at Alemany Farm and will focus on utilizing California native plant species for form and function in a landscaped setting. Whether you are looking to attract bees and hummingbirds, build up your borders, or add to the aesthetic composition of your yard, we hope attendees will be inspired by an informational session and tour of the Alemany Natives Garden. Please bring your questions or ideas to get the most out of our time together on the farm.

The morning instruction will be followed by a hands-on workday in the Alemany Farm natives garden. Stick around to get hands in the dirt experience to help you put your knowledge into practice.

This activity will take place on site at Alemany Farm. Masks required.

Jim Cartan was born in Santa Rosa, CA and has lived in the greater Bay Area his entire life. His love of ecology, habitat restoration, and horticulture was sparked as an undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz. He has gone on to work for the National Park Service, Save Mount Diablo, and the Alameda Unified School District as an Environmental Educator. Jim has also been a regular volunteer at Alemany Farm for the past 8 years, contributing to the aesthetics and functionality of the Alemany natives garden with his co-steward, Craig Heckman.


Home Gardening: Basics of Home Vegetable Seed Propagation

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:30 am – Noon (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE event via Zoom Webinar
Instructors: Antonio Roman-Alcalá and Friends of Alemany Farm

Have you planted what seemed like thousands of seeds, only to have just two weak-looking carrots emerge? If you’re getting started at planting vegetables from seed, or are just curious as to how to refine and perfect your seeding techniques, this class will help. In this virtual propagation workshop, we will cover basic propagation techniques such as seed sowing, materials, and young plant care. You will leave this class confident enough to grow any major vegetable from seed, and know how to avoid the most common mistakes leading to seed death and seedling ill-health.

Antonio Roman-Alcalá is an educator, researcher, facilitator and organizer who uses food and farming to build grassroots power. Together with friends, he helped revive Alemany Farm in 2005, and from there continued on to found or co-found other urban farms, grassroots coalitions, policy-focused networks and scholar-activist collectives. He currently teaches about food systems at UC Santa Cruz and USF while researching, gardening, and parenting in San Francisco.


Spring Garden 101: Planning, Planting, Maintaining Your Organic Garden

Saturday, April 3, 2021, 10 – 11:30 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE event via Zoom Webinar
Instructor: Novella Carpenter and Friends of Alemany Farm

Spring in SF is an abundant time – spring crops like peas, spinach, lettuces are coming in fast, but it is also time to plant your warm season garden –basil, tomatoes, zucchini – as well. In this workshop we will discuss how to gracefully pivot from spring to summer, including discussion of crop varieties that thrive in our climate, and ideal planting times. We will also discuss planting techniques, nutrient needs, basic irrigation requirements, and more. The session will also include a short introduction to the idea of Integrated Pest Management as a method to fend off common weeds, pests, and diseases of the garden. Bring veggie and fruit gardening questions–there will be time for a Q and A!

Novella Carpenter is the garden teacher at University of San Francisco. She is the author of the bestselling Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer and co-authored The Essential Urban Farmer with City Slicker Farms founder Willow Rosenthal. Novella works at an urban farming store in Berkeley called Biofuel Oasis that sells chicken feed, beekeeping equipment, and gardening supplies.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Atlassian.


Kitchen Herbalism: Radiant Skin

Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10 – 11:30 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE event via Zoom Webinar
Instructor: Bonnie Rose Weaver and Friends of Alemany Farm

The skin is a living, breathing organ. It is our barrier, our container, our boundary. What is the best way to holistically take care of our largest organ? How and why do we detox to support skin health? How do we gracefully age, when considering hormones, acne, and sun exposure? Join us at this Community Wellness Workshop with herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver. We will discuss herbs, diet, and lifestyle tips for getting your skin to shine!

Bonnie Rose Weaver is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, medicinal landscaper, urban farmer, and remedy maker. She/they are the author of Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis. They are a student of The Blue Otter School and The Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm. As a lifelong guest on occupied Ramaytush Ohlone land, San Francisco, CA, Bonnie Rose’s work revolves around increasing access to and education about herbal medicine for all. They also steward the herb gardens at Alemany Farm, are an illustrator and like to play with clay.


Alemany Farm Through Time: A History of Land and Food Production

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 5:30 – 7 pm (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE event via Zoom Webinar
Instructors: LisaRuth Elliott and Gregg Castro

Join us for a special event in honor of FOAF’s 15th Anniversary!

From a centuries-old watershed to cattle grazing ground to unofficial dump to youth farm to 15-year urban agricultural experiment, we dive into the history of the space we know today as Alemany Farm. Located on a peninsula once called Yelamu, this parcel of land has much longer been part of a continued history of people gaining sustenance from their immediate area, than it has operated as an anomaly within a concrete-locked urban grid. In addition to giving a background of the 3.5 acre urban farm and its surroundings along the Islais Creek watershed, community historian and Friends of Alemany Farm Auxiliary member LisaRuth Elliott shares highlights of food production here across time. Gregg Castro, the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone’s lead Cultural Consultant, joins the conversation to bring in the long history of place and current projects working toward food sovereignty for indigenous people.

LisaRuth Elliott, a Friends of Alemany Farm auxiliary member and farm volunteer since 2010, also leads plant dye workshops for the Farm. Actively preserving community memory through public guided tours, city-wide history events, and archival work, she co-directs Shaping San Francisco and the participatory history website, Foundsf.org. She is an editor, researcher, writer, and lecturer at Bay Area universities. She recently contributed to A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area, released in October 2020.

Gregg Castro, [t’rowt’raahl Salinan/rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone] has worked to preserve his indigenous heritage for three decades as a writer and activist. Gregg is the Society for California Archaeology’s ‘Native American Programs Committee’ Chair. He is Adviser to the California Indian Conference, California Indian History Curriculum Coalition and Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.

This workshop is generously sponsored by Atlassian.

All ticket proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.