Check out our upcoming winter workshops!

Suggested donation levels are listed below. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able. 

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Upcoming Workshops

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Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, February 4, 2023,  10 am – 12 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructors: Hannah Shulman and Nick Hoff
Suggested Donation: $25

Come learn all about the basics of when, why, and how to winter prune apples and plums at Alemany Farm. This class will focus on the basics of tree biology and care to encourage a healthy and productive fruit tree. You will get hands-on practice with our trees in the field.

Hannah Shulman is a program manager at The 11th Hour Project / Schmidt Family Foundation, where she oversees grant making that enables access and opportunity for youth to thrive through nature. Previously, Hannah led community organizing, land use and youth engagement work in the Bay Area. She holds a bachelor’s from Haverford College and studied at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at University of California, Santa Cruz and has over ten years of experience pruning fruit trees.

Nick Hoff has been pruning fruit trees in Alemany’s orchards for years and is currently a member of Friends of Alemany Farm.

Suggested Donation: $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able. 

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Fungi on the Farm

Saturday, February 11, 2023,  10 am – 1 pm at Alemany Farm
Instructor: J.R. Blair
Suggested Donation: $25

Join J.R. Blair for a fungal exploration of the Farm. We will seek out mushrooms and other kinds of visible manifestations of fungi, such as rusts and lichens. This will serve as an introduction to the life cycles of these fascinating organisms. In addition, we will discuss the various ecological roles that fungi play in the environment, particularly as they apply to the Farm.

J.R. Blair received his Bachelor’s degree at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and his Master’s degree at San Francisco State University in 1999 studying with the accomplished mycologist, Dr. Dennis Desjardin. His thesis was Fungi Associated with Arctostaphylos in Northern California. Since that time he has been an active member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco. He served a two-year term as President and was their Fungus Fair chairperson for five years. He has taught mushroom identification workshops for mycological societies and outdoor education programs for many years. He was a lecturer of biology at SFSU for 21 years and the director of the University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus for eleven years until his retirement in December 2020.

Suggested Donation: $25. No one turned away for lack of funds. Our workshops are donation-based and support the farm. Please give at the suggested level or higher if you are able.