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.

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We’re pleased to announce that this spring, Alemany Farm will be home to an herbal intensive offered by Bonnie Rose Weaver and Scarlet Sage Herb Company.  First class session is on February 9.

Grow Your Medicine Herbal Intensive

February 9 – May 10 (six Sundays)

This intensive course will consist of six half day (4 hr) intensives that will follow the steps of germination, cultivation and maintenance of medicinal plants in San Francisco (24 hr total). With affordable and easy to learn techniques, the class will dive into the basics of greenhouse management, home and community herb gardening, herbal small business operation and land stewardship. Hosted at Alemany Farm, this will be an immersive course that will shift the way you interact with the natural world.

Bonnie Rose Weaver is a clinical herbalist, medicinal landscaper, and lifelong San Franciscan. They are a medicinal plant cultivator, medicine maker and the author of Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis. She reads tarot cards, astrological charts and energy.

Please note this is not a Friends of Alemany Farm workshop, so different pricing and registration process apply.

Enrollment is limited to 15 people. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER at the Scarlet Sage website.
(Farm friends get a 10% discount on the course! Use discount code FARMFRIENDS.)

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Join us for these other upcoming workshops at the farm:

Water Gardening & Alemany Pond Restoration Day

Sunday, February 16, 12 pm – 4 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Brett Stephens

Come out and learn about aquatic plants and water management to and help with our winter 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 to share, 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.

Suggested Donation: $5-15; 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. If you are unable to make a donation at the levels listed below, please contact alemanyabby@gmail.com about attending the workshop.

REGISTER for water gardening and pond restoration

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Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, February 29, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Hannah Shulman and Abby Bell

Learn the basics of pruning fruit trees in this hands-on, interactive class! We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to understand how to maximize your tree’s potential for abundant fruit. We’ll focus on winter pruning, do a demonstration, and then allow you to do some hands-on practice on Alemany Farm’s very own apple and plum trees. We’ll discuss other fruit trees depending on the interest of the participants.

Hannah Shulman studied at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz and previously ran the first urban agriculture program for the city of San Francisco.

Abby Bell is long-time farmer, educator, food justice activist, lover of food and is the current Farm Manager of Alemany Farm.

Suggested Donation: $20 per person; 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. If you are unable to make a donation at the levels listed below, please contact alemanyabby@gmail.com about a scholarship to attend the workshop.

REGISTER for winter fruit tree pruning