Check out our Fall 2021 Workshop Series, including several sessions on site at the farm! Stay tuned for more sessions to be added.

Suggested donation levels are listed below. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able. 

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Upcoming Workshops:

Water Gardening & Alemany Pond Restoration Day

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 11 am – 4 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: Brett Stephens
Suggested Donation: $0-$15

Come out and learn about aquatic plants and water management to and help with our end of summer pond maintenance.  The pond work 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, and join us in getting your hands wet!

Brett Stephens is 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.


Organic Fall Vegetable Gardening & Cover Crops

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 2 – 4 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: Novella Carpenter and Friends of Alemany Farm
Suggested Donation: $25

Fall in SF is an abundant time. Autumn crops like lettuce, snap peas, and garlic are a great place to start, but it is also time to plant your cold/rainy season garden – kale, collards, broccoli – as well. In this workshop we will discuss how to gracefully pivot from summer to fall, 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 an introduction to worm composting and 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&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.


Natural Dyes: A Rainbow from the Garden

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 10 am – 1 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: LisaRuth Elliott
Suggested Donation: $25 (plus $10 material fee)

Learn how to get started dyeing various fibers using plants with this introductory workshop. We will cover dyes made from traditional dye plants grown in the Alemany Farm dye garden, from foraged leaves and flowers and bark, and from everyday food waste in your kitchen. We will tour the Alemany Farm dye garden and explore the early fall farmscape as a color palette. We will then make pots of fresh dye using traditional dye plants harvested from the Alemany Farm dye garden. You will take home a jar of dyestuff with a length of dyed silk, and receive basic instructions and a bibliography for handy at-home reference.

Please note: This is a basic workshop. If you have some experience with plant dyeing and are looking for more advanced techniques of dyeing, this workshop may not be for you.

LisaRuth Elliott, a Friends of Alemany Farm Auxiliary member and farm volunteer since 2010, has been experimenting with foraged and traditional plant dyes since 2017. She is a paper and fiber artist, weaver and creator of textiles, and worked as a public muralist. She is grateful to help steward Ramaytush Ohlone land as a guest here. Learn more about her work at lisaruthcreates.com and follow her on Instagram @sfurbanwanderer.


We Can Pickle That! – Carrots and Kraut

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 10 am – 12 pm
On site at Alemany Farm (Masks required)
Instructor: Mei Ling Hui
Suggested Donation: $25 (plus $10 material fee)

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 carrot pickles and sauerkraut to take home for fermenting on your own. 

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.