San Francisco’s Largest Urban Farm to Celebrate 20 Years of Harvest

Friends of Alemany Farm to host 7th Annual Harvest Festival

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s Friends of Alemany Farm in partnership with San Francisco Department of Environment (SFE), San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), San Francisco Housing Authority, and the Department of Public Health’s HeartBeets Program will celebrate 20 years of harvest at Alemany Farm (also is known as St. Mary’s Farm) with an Anniversary Harvest Festival. The event will take place at Alemany Farm located on 700 Alemany Blvd from 11a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8th, 2011.

“Alemany Farm offers a unique opportunity to learn about the joys and health benefits of growing and consuming natural foods in an urban environment.” said, Dr. Michelle Schneidermann, UCSF Physician and Co-Founder of the SFGH HeartBeets Program.

Alemany Farm is a collaborative and inclusive all volunteer effort. Alemany Housing residents and farm volunteers from throughout the city are generating a vision for the Farm that includes expanded agricultural production, animal husbandry, instructional classes for all ages, green jobs development for youth, native plant propagation, and enhanced water features.

“SF Rec and Park Dept supports and manages a program of 35 community gardens on City-owned property, where our members can enjoy urban farming,” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “And we are so proud that Alemany Farm has become San Francisco’s largest urban farm.”

This will be a fun event as Alemany residents and Alemany Farm volunteers gather and celebrate the fall harvest. Activities include a pig roast on the Farm and a barbeque by Radio Africa Kitchen on the Green, farm tours, a pie contest, DJ’d world music, and tabling for new programs in the works for 2012.

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