Next weekend brings two more sessions in our fall workshop series. We'll be right on the cusp of the autumn equinox, so it's not too early to think about winter. On Saturday, we help you plan a winter garden appropriate for the Bay Area. And on Sunday, learn about aquatic plants and pond ecology while engaging in seasonal pond maintenance. Follow it up with a solar-cooked meal in our outdoor kitchen while learning some basics of solar-powered cooking. The end of summer is a perfect time to focus on the elemental importance of water and sun. Find details and registration links below.
Planning your Winter Garden
Saturday September 21, 10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: Jason Mark
Here in coastal California we’re blessed with the ability to grow food crops all year long. What crops are the best to plant during the Bay Area rainy season? When is the best time
to plant them? And what challenges can one expect from a winter garden? We’ll address these questions and others during this workshop, and you’ll come away with a better understanding of how to garden during the winter. Winter-appropriate vegetable starts
will be on sale while supplies last.
Jason Mark is a co-founder and volunteer co-manager of Alemany Farm.
Suggested donation: $20 per person; no one turned away for lack of funds.
REGISTER for the winter gardening workshop
Water Gardening, Pond Clean up and Solar Cooking
Sunday, September 22, 11 am – 3 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Brett Stephens and Kerry Hughes
Water and sun are fundamental to … well … just about everything. Come out and learn about aquatic plants and water management while helping with our fall pond maintenance. Then follow it up with a solar meal.
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!
After our work in the pond concludes at 2 pm, join us in our outdoor kitchen for a sweet and savory meal prepared in solar cookers. It will include a discussion on alternative energy sources for cooking, various solar cooker designs, and a how-to demonstration on cooking with the sun.
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.
Kerry Hughes is also certified in permaculture design, an engineer, an appropriate technology and solar cooking enthusiast, and a community garden volunteer.
Suggested Donation: $10 per person. No one turned away for lack of funds.
REGISTER for the pond & solar cooking workshop
Visit our Workshops page to learn about and register for these other upcoming workshops at the farm:
Introduction to Urban Beekeeping - Sun, Sept 29
Citrus Tree Pruning 101 - Sat, Oct 5
For more information about visiting the farm and joining our community workdays, see our Get Involved page. You can also always check our calendar for up-to-date status on workdays.