Earth Week at Hayes Valley Farm

Sunday, April 24 – Friday, April 29

Hayes Valley Farm is planning a week-long celebration of Earth Day, Arbor Day, and everything in between!

All classes and workshops will be FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. Please pass the word along to other SF folks!

Join us for music, bike decorating, community art projects, kids activities, vermiculture workshops, fruit tree workshops (and sales), tabling with local environmental groups, bike blender smoothies, and MUCH more!

Potlucks Sunday and Friday. Please bring a dish to share or pizza dough and toppings. Help the farm reach its Zero Waste goal by providing your own plate/utensils. We’ll be firing up the cobb oven on both days.

A full schedule of events throughout the week can be found at:
http://www.hayesvalleyfarm.com/earth-week.html

You can sign-up for the potlucks and learn more about Earth Week throughout the week through our public Facebook event.

What better way to show your gratitude for Mother Nature in the city than an outdoor yoga class? For those of you who prefer more action-oriented activities, you can help start a new kitchen garden in the Haight! Then treat yourself to a refreshing smoothie sponsored by Rock the Bike and Bi-Rite. Don’t forget to help us become Zero Waste by bringing your own cup.

Sign up with the Time Bank to participate in the Bay Area’s bartering system. Take a gander at neighboring organizations that will be tabling at the farm, such as Food & Water WatchSan Francisco Permaculture Guild, and the Wigg Party. Then, help beautify our fence with succulent sacks.

Hayes Valley Farm Unplugged will be hosting local musicians, such as Front Country. Meanwhile, the cobb oven will be firing up homemade pizzas. Please bring a dish or toppings to share for the potluck, as well as your own plate and utensils.

Sunday is also a great day to bring kids out to the farm. They’ll have the opportunity to visit different stations for nature coloring, sensory scavenger hunts, rock decoupage, and an Easter egg hunt. Plus prayer flag painting will take place to add more flair to the farm!

During all of this activity, our regularly scheduled Sunday work party will continue as usual for folks eager to get their hands dirty!

Monday

Monday is a perfect day for new farm visitors. Our weekly Patterns in Nature class helps people get acquainted with local flora and fauna. Once your interest in nature is piqued, try putting into art or words. Or simply process it through guided meditation. Spend the rest of the afternoon observing and interacting with nature on the farm.

Tuesday

Outdoor yoga on farm-fresh earth will kick off our dirt day. Learn about soils in our Urban Permaculture Design class. Then apply your knowledge to a worm bin workshop, which will teach you how to compost in your home. Stick around for the Kitchen Garden SF potluck at Blue Tape Café!

Wednesday

Relax under the open sky with yoga and then help harvest greens for our partnership with Project Open Hand. Agenda-free workday will run as usual or you can learn more about our scarce resource, water, during our Wednesday Urban Permaculture Design class.

Thursday

Start the day off right with yoga at the farm, then join Food & Water Watch to stand up in solidarity for small farmers’ rights in the newest budget reforms. Food & Water Watch will be holding a press conference with supervisors, healthy food advocates, consumer groups, environmentalists, and farmers, urging Senators Boxer and Feinstein to oppose proposed 2012 federal budget cuts to farm bill programs that support healthy food and sustainable agriculture. You can also participate in our Thursday volunteer work party at any point during the day.

Friday: Arbor Day

Outdoor yoga will be available once more, for a total of six consecutive days! You can then learn about local flora by helping to identify and label trees and plants on the farm. Luckily most of the farm’s fruit trees are already labeled and ready for the picking! Fruit tree sales will take place all day Friday in honor of Arbor Day. You can even take the fruit tree workshop to ensure you’re ready to give your tree a good home! If you’re more interested in vegetables, a seed-starting workshop will run next to the farm’s greenhouse. To zoom out and get a big picture idea of the farm as a whole, participate in our weekly Strategies in Urban Permaculture Design class.