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Alemany Farm Through Time: A History of Land and Food Production

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Learn about the centuries-old history of land and food production on San Francisco's thriving urban farm: Alemany Farm

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Alemany Farm Through Time: A History of Land and Food Production

Wednesday, April 21st, 5:30 PM - 7 PM (Pacific Daylight Time)

This ONLINE WORKSHOP will be hosted via Zoom. Webinar link sent after registration

Instructors: LisaRuth Elliott (Friends of Alemany Farm) and Gregg Castro (Cultural Consultant with Association for Ramaytush Ohlone)

From a centuries-old watershed to cattle grazing ground to unofficial dump to youth farm to 15-year urban agricultural experiment, we dive into the history of the space we know today as Alemany Farm. Located on a peninsula once called Yelamu by its earliest inhabitants, this parcel of land has much longer been part of a continued history of people gaining sustenance from their immediate area, than it has operated as an anomaly within a concrete-locked urban grid.

In addition to giving a background of the 3.5 acre urban farm and its surroundings along the Islais Creek watershed, community historian and Friends of Alemany Farm Auxiliary member LisaRuth Elliott shares highlights of food production here across time. Gregg Castro, the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone's lead Cultural Consultant joins the conversation bringing in the long history of place and current projects working toward food sovereignty for indigenous people.

Webinar link sent after registration.

LisaRuth Elliott, a Friends of Alemany Farm auxiliary member and farm volunteer since 2010, also leads plant dye workshops for the Farm. Actively preserving community memory through public guided tours, city-wide history events, and archival work, she co-directs Shaping San Francisco and the participatory history website, Foundsf.org. She is an editor, researcher, writer, and lecturer at Bay Area universities. She recently contributed to A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area, released in October 2020.

Gregg Castro, [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien-ramaytush Ohlone] has worked to preserve his indigenous heritage for three decades as a writer and activist. Gregg is the Society for California Archaeology’s ‘Native American Programs Committee’ Chair. He is Adviser to the California Indian Conference, California Indian History Curriculum Coalition and Association of Ramaytush Ohlone.

Shaping San Francisco

Foundsf.org

A People’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

Ramaytush Ohlone Association

Many thanks to Atlassian for sponsoring this workshop

Photo Credit: St. Mary's Park, later St. Mary's Recreation Center under construction, December 26, 1933. OpenSFHistory / wnp14.2793.jpg

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