We’re currently unable to gather in person at the farm, so we’re bringing our spring workshop series online. Next up is Kitchen Herbalism, designed to help beginners learn about herbs to support your nervous system. We’re excited to resume this component of our educational mission, and we hope you’ll join us. Find details and registration link below.

Kitchen Herbalism & the Body Electric: Nervous System Support

Saturday, June 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time
Online webinar – Suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Register for the workshop

Do you experience anxiety, worry, stress or fear? We live in stressful times; learn to support your nervous system with herbs.During this online workshop, local herbalist Bonnie Rose Weaver will take you on a virtual tour of herbs grown at Alemany Farm traditionally known to support the nervous system.

Then, from the comfort of your own kitchen, participants will be guided to complete the project of making a tincture. A list of suggested materials will be sent upon registration. Not sure what a tincture is, or where to start with herbs? This workshop is for you. Join us, virtually, in the garden, and then roll up your sleeves to get inspired by your kitchen apothecary!

Bonnie Rose Weaver is a clinical herbalist, educator, writer, medicinal landscaper, and remedy maker. She/they are the author of Deeply Rooted: Medicinal Plant Cultivation in Techtropolis, a book based on their work at 1849 Medicine Garden.  As a lifelong guest on occupied Ramaytush Ohlone land, San Francisco, CA, Bonnie Rose’s work revolves around increasing access to and education about herbal medicine for all. 

After seven years as a community herbalist + urban herb grower, Bonnie Rose studied at The Blue Otter School with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes to become a clinical herbalist in 2017. She reads tarot cards, planetary movements and energy. También se habla español.

Suggested Donation: $10; no one turned away for lack of funds. Our online events and 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.

REGISTER for Kitchen Herbalism & the Body Electric

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Past Sessions:

Gardening Justice: A Conversation with Wendy Johnson

Sunday, June 7, 10 – 11:30 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Online Event via CrowdCast

How do we uproot and compost racial inequity? How do we sow seeds of reconciliation and repair through relationship with the earth? Join Wendy Johnson – grassroots activist, environmental educator, farm elder, Buddhist teacher, and author of award-winning memoir, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate – for an inquiry into contemporary intersectional environmentalism. Receive the medicinal wisdom of her years spent cultivating justice. Over the course of this hour-and-a-half-long webinar, Wendy will engage in inter-generational dialogue with her young student, Alemany Farm Assistant Manager Jack Thomas. Together, these old friends will paint a picture of local food movements arising in response to COVID-19, within the wider context of climate change and social unrest. This is not a tutorial or “how-to” webinar; rather, it is a chance for viewers to see our collective predicaments through the experienced eyes of a farm elder and spiritual guide. Viewers will have a chance to offer their questions to Wendy (both in advance and live) and she will respond in real-time.

Home Gardening: Sowing Seeds & Propagation Magic

Saturday, May 23, 10 – 11:30 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE Workshop via Zoom.

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.

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Get Your Garden Growing: Introduction to Spring Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, May 2, 10 – 11 am (Pacific Daylight Time)
ONLINE Workshop via Zoom.

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.

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Stay tuned for more online workshops in the coming weeks.