We’re currently unable to gather in person at the farm, so we’re bringing our spring workshop series online. Our first session, intro to spring veggie gardening was very successful; we follow it up this weekend with a workshop on seed-sowing and propagation geared towards the home gardener. We’re excited to resume this component of our educational mission, and we hope you’ll join us. Find details and registration link below.
Join us for our 2nd VIRTUAL WORKSHOP:
Home Gardening: Sowing Seeds & Propagation Magic
Saturday, May 23, 10 – 11:30 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE Workshop via Zoom. Link will be provided after registration.
Instructor: Xochitl Edgar of Hummingbird Farm (San Francisco, CA)
Turn your home into a greenhouse! In this virtual propagation workshop, attendees will learn about the resilience and magic of seeds, and how to start a vegetable patch from scratch. We will cover basic propagation techniques such as seed sowing, basic materials, young plant care, and asexual propagation. Our goal is to help home gardeners get vegetables growing from seed before spring ends – especially beginner growers who may not have access to backyards – using practices that are affordable, organic, and planet-friendly (carbon-capturing).
Edgar Xochitl works on cross-pollinating traditional ecological knowledge, queer politics, and indigenous philosophies to connect the dots between decolonial botany and queer liberation. Xochitl is many things: Farm Manager at Hummingbird Farm, (a collective organizing farm in the Excelsior district in San Francisco), an urban campesinx, an artist, and an academic: As the 2016 Propagation Specialist at the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Xochitl worked on bringing into dialogue the Decolonization of Flowers and Queer Ecology with contemporary discourse around sustainable agriculture, environmental justice and climate chaos. Xochitl raises awareness on the importance of flowers as tools for resisting colonialism and climate chaos while healing the bodies and spirits of Queer and Trans People of Color, rehabilitating the soil, capturing carbon, and providing new genetic memories.
Suggested Donation: $10; 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.
Get Your Garden Growing: Introduction to Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, May 2, 10 – 11 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE Workshop via Zoom. Link will be provided after registration and prior to workshop.
Instructor: Jason Mark
Interested in planting a vegetable garden but not sure what to plant or where to start? In this online workshop we will discuss the basics of getting your garden up and running and ideal planting times for each crop. We will mostly focus on varieties and timing for the San Francisco Bay Area climate, but information can be expanded to cover additional regions. We’ll discuss planting techniques, soil amending, basic irrigation needs, and some challenges that one can expect. There will be a short video presentation, live discussion by the instructor, and time for questions and answers.
Jason Mark is a co-founder and volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.
Stay tuned for more online workshops in the coming weeks.