Our 2018 Spring Workshop Series has concluded. Thanks to everyone who joined us for a session or more. Stay tuned for information about future workshops!

If you’re new to the 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. 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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PAST workshops:

Preserving the Harvest: Pickling and Fermentation

Sunday, May 6th, 10:00 am – 12:00 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.

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.
NOTE that there is an additional $10 material fee for this workshop.

Registration has closed for this workshop

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Bring Local Color Into Your World: Using Natural Dyes

Saturday, May 12th, 10:00 am – 12:00 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. You’ll explore the farm to forage for plant matter, learn about the basics of dyeing with natural materials and various dye techniques, participate in making a vat of fresh dye in the Alemany Outdoor Kitchen, and take home a jar of dyestuff and a piece of naturally dyed silk.

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 lisaruthcreates.com and follow her on Instagram @sfurbanwanderer.

Space is limited so please register in advance.

Registration has closed for this workshop

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Making Every Drop Count: Saving Water in the Landscape

Sunday, May 20th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Tom Bressan

In this workshop we will take a quick look on how the many decisions that we make in our landscape affect our water consumption. From the plants that we choose to the watering systems we install, to how we adjust our watering and the possibilities of rainwater and graywater. We will look at different ways to water vegetables and install a small system. Handouts will be available attendees to continue their research.

Tom Bressan is the Co-Founder of The Urban Farm Store, selling efficient landscape irrigation and lighting to landscape professionals, homeowners and municipalities. He published the industry’s first Landscape Drip Manual in the late 70’s, has written numerous articles and handbooks on all aspects of sustaining the landscape and the environment, and has presented at Irrigation lectures to over 1,000 clubs, university classes, and organizations, and has served on many boards over the years.

Registration has closed for this workshop

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Introduction to Urban Beekeeping

Saturday, May 26th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Fernando Aguilar

Please join us in exploring bee biology and habits, responsible beekeeping basics, and learning 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 Aguilar 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.

Registration has closed for this workshop

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Worm Composting and Worm Bin Construction

Sunday, June 3rd, 10:00 am – 12:00 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.

NOTE there is an additional $10 material fee for this workshop.

Registration has closed for this workshop

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Cooking from the Spring Garden

Saturday June 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Evanthia Skalkos

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.

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.
Please bring your own cutting board and knife.

Registration has closed for this workshop