We have two workshops remaining in Alemany Farm’s Spring 2019 Workshop Series! In June and July, you have opportunities to learn about california native plants, which we have in abundance at the farm, and water-wise irrigation using the kind of drip system used at the farm. Check the descriptions below.

Please sign up in advance to reserve your spot! Registration links are below.

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. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able. All donations will benefit Friends of Alemany Farm via our fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Landscaping with California Native Plants

Sunday June 16, 11:30 am to 1 pm at Alemany Farm
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 workshop 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 workshop will be followed by a hands-on workday in the natives garden, stick around and help us steward our urban oasis and learn more along the way!

Jim Cartan has lived in the greater Bay Area his entire life. His love of ecology, habitat restoration, and horticulture began at UC Santa Cruz and flourished with his work for the National Park Service, Save Mount Diablo, and the Alameda USD as an Environmental Educator.  Jim has also been a regular volunteer at Alemany Farm for the past 7 years, and stewards the Alemany natives garden with his co-steward, Craig Heckman.

 

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Making Every Drop Count: Water Efficient Irrigation Systems

Saturday July 27, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor:  Tom Bressan

In this workshop you’ll get hands-on experience setting up a simple drip system, look at how irrigation systems go together, and discuss how to convert sprinkler systems to drip. Using the new California water conservation guidelines, you will learn how to water your garden using climate smart irrigation. It’s not as complicated – or as costly – as you might think, and applicable whether you’re growing food, flowers, or natives! We will also explore new advances in irrigation technology and determine which products are best to use.

All questions are welcome! Feel free to bring a picture or a sample of something you have a question about.

Tom Bressan is the Co-Founder and was the President of The Urban Farmer Store. He has written numerous articles and handbooks on irrigation and all aspects of sustaining the landscape and the environment. He has served as a consultant for Sunset magazine, Ortho books, and the This Old House book. He has presented Irrigation lectures to over 1,000 clubs, university classes, and organizations.

REGISTER for the irrigation workshop

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PAST WORKSHOPS:

Get Your Garden Growing:
A Four-Part Series

Session 1:

Intro to Propagation and Seed Sowing

Saturday April 6, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  John Stokes, Abby Bell, and Will Lyons

Come learn the basics of starting plants from both seeds and cuttings. We will cover the benefits of growing plants using different propagation methods, identify low-cost and easy-to-use material options, and provide a variety of plants and seeds as examples. Workshop participants will have the opportunity for hands-on plant propagation practice and will take home cuttings with them.

John Stokes was a co-founder of The Urban Farmer Store and is a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm. He has been growing starts for the farm since 2012.

Abby Bell is the current farm manager of Alemany Farm, the co-founder of Food, What?!, and a long-time gardener/farmer, food justice activist, and lover of food.

Will Lyons is the site-coordinator for Alemany Farm with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Community Gardens Program. He has been propagating plants for natural areas and community gardens in San Francisco since 2014.

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Due to popular demand, another session of the propagation and seed sowing workshop has been added on Saturday May 18, 10 am to 12 pm!
Instructors: Abby Bell and Rachel Lane

Abby Bell is the current farm manager of Alemany Farm, the co-founder of “Food, What?!”, and a long-time gardener/farmer, food justice activist, and lover of food.

Rachel Lane is the assistant farm manager of Alemany farm and a co-manager of Berkeley Basket CSA. She began her agricultural career working in nursery production sales and community-based urban farming systems. Rachel has worked at several mixed vegetable and flower farms in California and is passionate about growing an equitable food system, cultivating culturally appropriate food through ecological methods, and building community through farm work.

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Session 2:

Get your Garden Growing: Basics of Organic Gardening

Sunday April 14, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  Jason Mark and Christopher Chimenti

Have you been wanting to start a small vegetable garden but need some guidance? This two-hour crash course in Organic Gardening 101 is for the novice green thumb. The workshop will cover the basics of soil fertility and compost, crop planning for the Bay Area, and best watering techniques and non-chemical pest control.

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

Chris Chimenti is an Urban Farming and Customer Success professional who has been a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm for the past decade.

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Session 3:

Making Every Drop Count: Water Efficient Irrigation Systems

**Note: This session has been postponed to a later date TBD.**

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Session 4:

Get your Garden Growing: Planning a Summer Kitchen Garden

Sunday May 5, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  Jason Mark and Abby Bell

Interested in planting a summer vegetable garden but not sure what to plant? In this workshop we will learn which crops and varieties do best in the Bay Area climate and when is the ideal planting time for each crop. We’ll discuss planting techniques, basic irrigation needs, and some challenges that can one expect. Participants will get hands on experience with bed preparation and planting. Season-appropriate vegetable starts will be on sale while supplies last.

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

Abby Bell has been farming organically for the past 14 years. She is the current farm manager of Alemany Farm and the co-founder of Food, What?!. She is a food justice activist and lover of food.

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Bring Local Color Into Your World—Using Natural Dyes

Sunday April 7, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor:  LisaRuth Elliott

Learn to create unexpected color on textiles using plants, flowers, and leaves from Alemany Farm and everyday foods from your kitchen. We’ll explore the spring farmscape to forage for plants, flowers, and leaves that create a range of hues on fiber and textiles. You’ll learn the basics of dyeing with natural materials and various dye techniques, and participate in making a pot of fresh dye in the Alemany Outdoor Kitchen. Participants will also 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 www.lisaruthcreates.com and follow her on Instagram @sfurbanwanderer.

SPACE IS LIMITED, please register in advance.
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 per person plus an additional $5 material fee; no one turned away for lack of funds.

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Preserving the Harvest: Pickling and Fermentation

Saturday April 13, 10 am to 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 from Master Food Preservers about the different types of pickled foods and what you need to know to make sure your pickles are safe and delicious. Then you’ll make your own jars of vinegar-based pickles and sauerkraut from scratch to take home with you. 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 has been volunteering as a Master Food Preserver since 2014 and has taught workshops all over the Bay Area, including at the San Mateo County Fair and Maker Faire. This year, Mei Ling is 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
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 per person with an additional $10 material fee; no one turned away for lack of funds

Thank you to Veritable Vegetable for helping to support this workshop.

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Worm Composting and Worm Bin Construction

Saturday May 4, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  Francois Gaudin and Abby Bell

Do you want to turn your kitchen scraps into rich and nutritious soil amendment for your garden or house plants? In this workshop we will learn about worms, the benefits of vermicomposting, how to start your own worm bin, care for your worms, and turn your vegetable scraps into rich soil. Participants will also have the opportunity to build and bring home their own bin and worms. Let worms eat your garbage!

Abby Bell is the current farm manager of Alemany Farm, the co-founder of Food, What?!, and a long-time gardener/farmer, food justice activist, and lover of food.

Francois Gaudin is a volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm and permaculture enthusiast.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $20 per person plus additional $10 material fee if you want to make and take home a worm bin; no one turned away for lack of funds.

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Intro to Seed Sowing Propagation

Saturday May 18, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors:  Abby Bell and Rachel Lane

Come learn the basics of starting plants from seed. We will cover all you need to know about seed propagation and care, learning low cost ways to start your garden. Workshop participants will get hands-on experience sowing seeds and will have the opportunity to take some home.

Abby Bell is the current farm manager of Alemany Farm, the co-founder of Food, What?!, and a long-time gardener/farmer, food justice activist, and lover of food.

Rachel Lane is the assistant farm manager of Alemany farm and a co-manager of Berkeley Basket CSA. She began her agricultural career working in nursery production sales and community-based urban farming systems. Rachel has worked at several mixed vegetable and flower farms in California and is passionate about growing an equitable food system, cultivating culturally appropriate food through ecological methods, and building community through farm work.

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Introduction to Urban Beekeeping

Saturday May 25, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor:  Fernando Aguilar

Please join us in exploring bee biology and habits, responsible beekeeping basics, and to 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 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 7 years.

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Cooking from the Spring Garden

Sunday June 2, 10 am to 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor:  Evanthia Skalkos and Alemany Farm Friends

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 springtime bounty cropping up on the farm with this hands-on harvest and cooking workshop, culminating in sharing a meal together. In this workshop we will learn about the foods of spring, 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.
Please bring your own cutting board and knife.

Evan Skalkos has been as 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 Spring!

SPACE IS LIMITED so please register in advance.