Friends of Alemany Farm is a group that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a 3.5 acre organic farm ecosystem in southeast San Francisco. The farm sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula, and the original stewards of this land.
Friends of Alemany Farm grows food security and educates local residents about how they can become their own food producers. We strive to increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds for economic and environmental justice. All of the food we grow is given away for free to neighbors, volunteers, The Free Farm Stand, and other groups.
We pursue four main goals:
- Fostering Environmental Education by introducing children and adults to the idea that local food production can be part of a healthy ecosystem, and inspiring visitors to start their own gardens at home.
- Boosting food security by providing organic, healthy food to community members.
- Growing Leaders through the communal ethic of the barn-raising that encourages people to play an active role in decision-making.
- Promoting Ecological-Economic Development by using urban agriculture as a way to develop job skills.
>> Meet the Farm Team
Our Fiscal Sponsor
Friends of Alemany Farm is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Founded by environmentalist David Brower and based here in the Bay Area, Earth Island has an excellent, 30-year-plus track record of fiscal sponsorship, and currently has a vibrant network of more than 75 projects.
Since 1982, Earth Island has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which life depends. Earth Island provides comprehensive fiscal sponsorship and project support to a vibrant network of activists and social entrepreneurs promoting ecological sustainability and environmental justice.
Want to learn more about the farm? Our friend Lori Eanes shot the video below. Check it out!
Alemany Farm in the News
Community Gardens Adapt to the Pandemic (New York Times, 4/10/2020)
Alemany Farm’s New Crop of Farmers (SF Chronicle, 5/31/2013)
Gardening in SF: Alemany Farm and Beyond (7×7, 4/19/2011)
Links & Linkages
Friends and Partners:
San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
The Free Farm Stand
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
Feed the People Collective
Alemany Head Start
RAMS Career Connections Program
Sprouts Cooking Club
San Francisco Beekeepers Association
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
San Francisco Gardening Resources:
Garden for the Environment
Yerba Buena Nursery
Sutro Stewards Nursery
Mission Blue Nursery/San Bruno Mountain Watch
Bay Area Seasonal Planting Calendar
Food Security/Food Justice:
Organic Consumers Association
Organic Farming Research Foundation
Earth Share of California
Pesticide Action Network North America
Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Californians for Pesticide Reform (CPR)
BIPOC owned or operated:
Black Earth Farms (Albany)
Calibird Farm (SF)
Farms to Grow (Oakland)
Freedom Farmers’ Market (Oakland)
City Slicker Farms (Oakland)
Planting Justice (Oakland)
Phat Beets Produce (Oakland)
Raised Roots (Oakland)
African American Farmers of California (Fresno)
Seed to Plate Education:
Vida Verde Nature Education
The Edible Schoolyard
Literacy for Environmental Justice
MESA Agroecology Educational Offerings