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Esperanza Garden Workshops – April-May 2010! April 8, 2010

Filed under: Workshops — esperanzagardens @ 7:45 pm

These workshops listed here will be lead by long-time mission resident and instructor: Antonio Roman-Alcalá (bio below).

More workshops by other instructors will be announced as they become confirmed.

Esperanza Garden Workshops – April-May 2010!
SUNDAYS — 2pm – 4pm (1 1/2 – 2 hours, depending on interest)
INSTRUCTOR: Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Long time Mission District resident (bio below)
LOCATION: Esperanza Gardens, 685 Florida Street (at 19th)
COST: $15-25 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE (descriptions below):
04/11/10 Workshop:  Vegetative Propagation (will reschedule due to rain)
04/18/10 Workshop:  Intro to FRUIT TREES
04/25/10 Workshop:  Sexual Propagation: VEGGIES
05/02/10 Workshop:  Vegetable Focus: SOLANUMS
05/09/10 Workshop:  Vegetable Focus: BRASSICAS
05/23/10 Workshop:  Vegetable Focus: LEGUMES

04/11/10 Workshop: Vegetative Propagation (will reschedule due to rain)
It’s not likely that you could grow a whole human body by taking off a piece of your finger, sticking it in the ground, and keeping it moist over some months time. Surprisingly, though, this about all it takes to make more plants from perennial bushes, herbs, and vines. In this class, you will learn the subtle differences in plant forms and growth, and how to maximize your a sexual reproductive power!

04/18/10 Workshop: Introduction to Fruit Trees
Who doesn’t love fruit trees? They bring such sweetness into our lives, and with very little effort needed to coax a bountiful crop, compared with labor-intensive annual vegetables. This class will answer basic fruit tree questions: what kind of trees are out there? Which can I grow here? How do fruit trees grow? What do I have to do to keep them alive and productive?

04/25/10 Workshop: Sexual Propagation: VEGGIES
Have you planted what seemed like thousands of seeds, only to have just two weak-looking carrots emerge? If you’re getting started at planting vegetables from seed, or are just curious as to how to refine and perfect your seeding techniques, this class will help. You will leave this class confident enough to grow any major vegetable from seed, and know how to avoid the most common mistakes leading to seed death and seedling ill-health.

05/02/10 Workshop: Vegetable Focus: SOLANUMS
This class will cover as much as possible on the more palatable and locally-appropriate varieties of these variously loved and hated gems of South American descent. We will discuss tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants, and how to coax a crop from the most heat-loving family in an area renowned for its cool summers.

05/09/10 Workshop: Vegetable Focus: BRASSICAS
Gardeners of The Bay take note! Brassicas could be your best friend! Learn the needs of and tricks for growing the following veggies: kale, arugula, collards, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, and the Chinese choys. Come away confident that, no matter the time of the year, or your proximity to the ocean, you will be fed from your own garden!

05/23/10 Workshop: Vegetable Focus: LEGUMES
Take some time out to get to know the Fabacaea family, including bush beans, pole beans, peas, and perennial legumes. Legumes are not only vital in helping you maintain soil fertility, they taste great and are easy to grow as well! Come get to know them better.

Antonio Roman-Alcalá attempts to integrate whole systems thinking into his various realms of interest: sustainable food, social justice, political organizing, and full enjoyment. These realms are best visited through action: sharing organic gardening and permaculture skills, advising for aspiring community garden projects, facilitating community-based organizing, playing music, publishing newspapers, and making media with a critical perspective. You can find him easily through the miracle of modern technology by writing

An introductory segment will take place at Free Farm Stand* beforehand, 1:30pm – 2pm. afterwards, if you feel like learning more, walk on over with Antonio to Esperanza for the more extensive course – we look forward to seeing you.

*Free Farm Stand is about sharing the wealth of urban gardens and farms. “Shop” for some local vegetables and then learn how to grow your own so you too can share some surplus with those in need. Location: Treat Commons Community Garden next to the Stand, at Parque Ninos Unidos Corner of 23rd St. and Treat Ave.

We currently are making a call out to anyone interested in teaching workshops at Esperanza Gardens. Relative topics to sustainability: permaculture practices, urban gardening, seed starting, composting, bee keeping, natural building, worm farms, rainwater harvesting, soil, biodiversity, food security, and anything else along the same vibe.


Weekend workshops are open to begin in April:
– Sunday’s 10am – 1pm (up to 3 hrs if needed)
– Saturday’s open

685 Florida Street (@ 19th)
San Francisco, CA