Urban Farming Tour
San Francisco, CA
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Urban Farming Tour
Urban Farming Tour
Friday, September 12, 9:45 am to 3:30 pm

Sponsored by The Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)

Farmer David Winsberg of Happy Quail Farms in East Palo Alto will take us on a tour of his greenhouse and shade houses that are home to 30 of varieties of peppers, including his famous Pimientos de Padron.  He'll also walk us through his vegetable patch and introduce us to his flock of chickens, which nibble on peppers and, not surprisingly, lay eggs with vibrant orange yolks.  We'll end the tour with a tasting of Happy Quail peppers and listen to David share an insider's perspective on the life of an urban organic farmer.  

We'll head next to Alemany Farm, the largest farm in San Francisco.  After a delicious lunch, farm manager, Jason Mark will show us around this unique farm that uses farming as a way to contribute to the community.  Alemany Farm provides jobs, economic development, and civic engagement for the people in the Alemany Community, a nearby 165-unit public housing development that struggles with unemployment and recurring violence. It also provides fresh, organic food and a place where both young and old can experience and learn from nature in an otherwise urban setting.  Jason will discuss not only these aspects of the farm, but also will teach us about organic farming, discuss the challenges and rewards of farming in a city environment, and give us a first-hand look at the late summer and early fall crops that are growing on the farm.  We'll also have a chance to get a little dirt under our fingernails by helping to plant whatever vegetable needs to get in the ground that day.

The tour costs $25 and includes a delicious lunch made from farmers' market foods. Tickets are nonrefundable. We will leave and return to the Ferry Building in a comfortable bus.

There is no minimum age, but the tour is geared toward adults and not recommended for children under 12.

Meeting place: In front of the Ferry Building (San Francisco), south of the clock tower

Meeting time: Please arrive between 9:45 and 10 am. The bus leaves promptly at 10:15 am.

What to bring: water bottle, sun protection, sturdy walking shoes, clothes that can get dirty.

We will do our best to return by 3:30 pm, but traffic conditions can be unpredictable and we can't guarantee punctual arrival.

We sincerely thank our farm tour sponsor, First National Bank of Northern California for underwriting tour costs and Coach 21 for providing a discount on the bus charter fee.


One Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No