Support our Farm Work
Thank you to the many folks who contributed to Friends of Alemany Farm’s 15th Anniversary Campaign and helped us successfully meet our $75K goal in April! The campaign may be over, but the need for financial support never ends. Read on for more info about how and why to support us in 2022.
Please note: We are pleased to announce that as of July 1, 2021, Friends of Alemany Farm is a sponsored project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. (Tax ID #94-2889684)
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Prefer to donate by check?
Make your check payable to Earth Island Institute (with FOAF in the memo line) and send to:
Earth Island Institute/FOAF
2150 Allston Way, Suite 460
Berkeley, CA 94704
Your Gift Supports:
- Growing, harvesting, and distributing fresh produce for free in SF year-round.
- Our internship program and new paid apprenticeship for underserved BIPOC youth.
- Low-to-no-cost workshops for the public on a range of accessible topics.
- Community workdays and farm visits open to all, regardless of experience. (We began offering volunteer days again in spring 2021.)
- Local, grassroots action and resilience.
- A productive and nourishing public green space and habitat that is a refuge for creatures of many species. It can’t happen without dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors!
Your gift in any amount to our general operating fund helps make all of the above possible.
Ways to Give:
- Make a one-time gift
- Set up a monthly recurring donation to sow seeds of support year-round.
- Give in honor or in memory of someone.
- Birthday campaign: Inspire your friends and family to honor your birthday with a gift to FOAF.
- Don’t forget MATCHING GIFTS: Does your employer match gifts? If so, you could double your generosity. Some employers also match volunteer hours.
We successfully concluded our 15th Anniversary Campaign in April! Thanks to over 250 donors, we met our $75K goal and even exceeded it by a couple thousand dollars. From our fall plant sales…to our SeedMoney campaign for a new paid apprenticeship program…to year-end donations…to recent gifts in response to our Farm Team Challenge…to the amazing turnout for our spring plant sales…it all added up to a heartwarming show of financial support and community spirit.
2021 Quick Facts:
22,000 Pounds of Food. 100% Free. Every year, Alemany farmers employ sustainable, ecologically regenerative agricultural practices to produce the maximum responsible yield. And everything we grow is offered freely – always.
7,500 People Fed. Alemany Farmers distribute food weekly through a network of community partners. We also maintain an open harvest policy, encouraging visitors to “take what you need.” During the pandemic, we have seen a 50% increase in community harvest on site.
20 Community Partners. Rooted in local partnerships, we organize our efforts in close collaboration with other grassroots, community-based organizations. We ally with teams across sectors who, like us, are committed to growing food justice, food sovereignty, and climate resilient neighborhoods in San Francisco.
6,020 Volunteer Hours. This is the people’s farm: Alemany is the second-most volunteered site in SF, after Golden Gate Park (a site 300 times larger than us). This year, people from all walks of life visited the farm four days a week to steward the land, grow local produce, and give back – safely.
6 Paid Apprentices. 15 Interns. Youth ages 18-24 train with us year-round to acquire transferable “green jobs” skills. Together, we learn, practice, and teach organic agricultural techniques – empowering local youth to become their own food producers, and preparing them to lead the next generation of food justice activists in the Bay Area.
13 Workshops. 464 Participants. With topics ranging from seed sowing and propagation, to stewarding native ecologies, to practicing mindfulness in the garden, our workshops are accessible in content and cost, with no one turned away for lack of funds. This year, we offered sessions both online and on-site.
Environmental Stewardship: Friends of Alemany practices and teaches methods in regenerative agriculture in direct response to climate crisis: we model simple, practical, local, and replicable solutions to global warming. Including: no-till gardening; composting; winter cover crops; water-wise irrigation, and more.
Nutritional Justice: We aim to help eliminate food insecurity in SF by growing free food with and for marginalized communities. With your support, we’ll continue to sow the seeds of economic, social, and food justice for all.