Saturday, August 23, 2008

herbs, outside lands, self-acupressure, slow food nation, art of walking

hello out there*

i tried to make this update short, but it didn't really work. even so, i hope you'll look below to find out about upcoming events, for which i hope you'll save (some of) the dates. the list below is a quick summary, believe it or not, which is why i hope you'll check out other sections of this blog ( to see a few more!

farm, music, & movement updates to follow:

*8/23 saturday
today saturday august 23rd is a workday at alemany farm. we are continuing to plant & maintain the medicinal herb garden (maintain = watering & weeding & mulching), and we could use your help. please stop by anytime between noon and 5pm. besides herbs, there are a lot of other fruits and veggies that will also need your help -- cucumbers, dry farmed tomatoes, beans, strawberries, kale, chard, squash, basil, and more -- as many of the summer crops are peaking. also, if you have any cardboard to spare, please bring it, as we can use it in the herb beds to prevent weeds from growing.

if you are lucky enough to be going to the outside lands music & arts festival tomorrow, i recommend that you go hear/see sean hayes (3-3:35pm at the presidio - lindley meadow stage) & the two gallants (6 at the same stage). lots of other amazing bands will also be playing at golden gate park too, as you probably know by now.

*8/24 sunday! 1:30-4pm
vanessa verlee is leading an interactive self-acupressure workshop, and i will be assisting. learn self-massage routines and ways to incorporate acupressure points for pain relief and healing into your every day life and yoga postures. the workshop will be held at the Jewish Community Center. to register go to: or call the JCC at 415-292-1200.

*8/26 tuesday
i am continuing to teach a community yoga class at the caretakers house on tuesdays. check the blog for details on the class. please email me to RSVP if you have not done so yet, as space is limited, but there is still room in this week's class. all levels are welcome.

*8/29 friday - 9/1 monday
Slow Food Nation '08 ( is happening in SF next weekend. As part of this, Alemany Farm is co-hosting a Slow Dinner at the San Francisco restaurant Laiola. We invite you to join us either Sunday, August 31 or Monday, September 1 for dinner at Laiola. Some of the meal's produce will be coming from the Farm, and ten percent of the restaurant's earnings from the night will be donated to us for our food security and youth training programs. You can make a reservation by calling 415.346.5641. Please mention "Alemany Farm dinner" when you make your reservation. You can see the menu by visiting Please spread the word to help make these dinners a success!

*9/4 thursday, 7-9pm
conspiracy of venus choir practice resumes & is open to new members. if you're interested in joining, please come to this practice or the next one the following thursday to find out more. at a.muse gallery in the mission.

*9/7 sunday, 12-5pm
organic gardening magazine will be hosting a barbeque & dedication of the new herb garden & water catchment system. you'll get a chance to meet some of the Alemany community as well as other farm volunteers. there will even be a ribbon cutting ceremony. we just have to get the herb garden ready by then! please save the date.

*9/11 thursday evening
perranosperous, the 10-piece latin-political-rock (or is it world fusion?) band that i sing in & play some hand percussion in, is playing a benefit for the coalition on homelessness... at SOMA gallery. we hope you will join us.

*9/13 saturday - 9/14 sunday
the art of walking axis syllabus workshop w/ kira kirsch. email if you want to join... i love these workshops & hope to participate in this one (walking is complex when you break it down.) ...detailed description of this & other workshops at

*9/13 saturday - 2/23 saturday
also, if you've ever thought about becoming a yoga teacher, there is a yoga teacher training starting in september at the yoga loft on page and divisadero. i am going to be participating in some of the classes and encourage you to attend as well. it is a 6-month program from september 13th 2008 - february 23rd 2009. they are now accepting applications. for more info, go to

*9/27 saturday
perranosperous is playing
a benefit for el salvador with cutumay camones at the women's building on 18th st.

*9/28 sunday
raw food luck hosted by therese (momo) & myself. nutritional info from ellen goodenow. i wanted to have a party last year on my "5 years raw" anniversary, but i didn't -- so this is a belated celebration in a way... email us for details.

after that, you can perhaps head over to the independent for the entrance band + new bands little joy (featuring fab moretti from the strokes) & megapuss (featuring devendra banhart & greg rogove).

*10/9 thursday
sean hayes returns to the independent! tickets on sale monday.

*10/15 wednesday
jolie holland at bimbo's 365 in north beach. her new album, the living and the dead, will be released worldwide the week of october 6th. come and hear some new & old songs! tickets on sale now, might be a good idea to get one before it sells out.

*10/25 saturday (tentative date)
alemany harvest fest. come celebrate our 4th season of growing food! with pedal-powered music, food, & fun for all ages.

more descriptions are up on this blog -

if you got this far, thanks for scrolling/skimming/reading/remembering these events!

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