Upcoming from San Francisco Bee-Cause & The Bee Farm

Greening the Portola Social

  • Friday, September 16, 2016
  • 6:00pm  7:30pm
  • FDR Brewery (a.k.a. Ferment Drink Repeat) – 2636 San Bruno Ave, SF  [Map ->]
  • More info from The Greenhouse Project ->
2016 VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES (3rd Sat each month, 12 Noon – 4 PM):  We will be having our last 2 Volunteer Work Parties of 2016:  Sat Sept 17 and Sat Oct 15.
For October:  To hopefully attract more community engagement, we will be raffling off 10 pumpkins that were pollinated and grown at The Bee Farm.  We will be giving numbers to those who come during 1:00 – 1:30 pm to volunteer.  Folks need to still be there at 4 PM when we pull numbers.  Winners get to chose their pumpkin in the order their number is drawn.  Pumpkins are good for eating and jack-o-lanterns.
SEPT 24 PORTOLA DISTRICT GARDEN TOUR:  The Bee Farm is on the Tour again this year.  Even if folks have not purchased tickets in order to tour other neighborhood gardens, The Bee Farm will be open to the public to take a self-guided tour.  We will have beekeepers and gardeners staffing the event in order to, hopefully, answer all questions.  We also will have our honey available for purchase that day.
2016 HOLIDAY HONEY SALES:  Our annual Holiday Honey Sales will be on Sun Dec 4 and Sat Dec 10 @ 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM.  This is our biggest fundraising event each year.
2017 NEW BEEKEEPING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM:  We will start our next 2-Year Apprenticeship Program in March 2017.  We will be sending out announcements of the schedule in late January and Applications will be due in February.
2017 VOLUNTEER WORK PARTIES:  Will resume our Volunteer Work Parties on Sat February 18, 2017 unless the weather is forecasted to be clear on Sat January 21 in which case we will begin on January 21.
In 2017, our goal is to finish planting-out our site with bee-pollinated people food plants.  All food grown is shared among volunteers who are there when harvested.

Permaculture Design Certification Course – July 17-28, 2017

Permaculture Design Certification Course in SF

An affordable high quality Permaculture Design Certification Course in your local community for your local community.

July 17-28, 2017 in San Francisco Bay Area

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11703275_874926029253561_8293723768770578806_oPermaculture Design Certification Course in SF

Bill Mollison founded Tagari Publications in 1979. The development of Sustainable Design Principles began at Tagari Publications and together with the establishment of The Permaculture Institute was the catalyst for the birth of the Permaculture Ethics which have since spread worldwide.

Does permaculture apply to those of us who live in cities?

Mollison: Yes, there is a whole section in the manual about urban permaculture. When I first went to New York, I helped start a little herb-farm in the South Bronx. The land was very cheap there because there was no power, no water, no police, and there were tons of drugs. This little farm grew to supply eight percent of New York’s herbs. There are now 1,100 city farms in New York.

Short of starting a farm, what can we do to make our cities more sustainable?

Mollison: Catch the water off your roof. Grow your own food. Make your own energy. It’s insanely easy to do all that. It takes you less time to grow your food than to walk down to the supermarket to buy it. Ask any good organic gardener who mulches how much time he spends on his garden and he’ll say, “Oh, a few minutes every week.” By the time you have taken your car and driven to the supermarket, taken your foraging-trolley and collected your wild greens, and driven back home again, you’ve spent a good hour or two — plus you’ve spent a lot of money.

From Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution — An Interview with Bill Mollison By Scott London

Permaculture Design Certification Course

Date: July 17 – July 28, 2017
Event Category: Courses
Cost: $0-$600, sliding scale
Instructors: Jay Rosenberg
Contact: jay@49farms.org
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Hayes Valley Art Works
456 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102  (Map)
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Your payment is a tax-deductible donation to our host, Hayes Valley Art Works, a fiscally sponsored project of Haight Street Art Center. You can find out more about this venue at hayesvalleyartworks.org. Donations are processed using PayPal, but you can simply use your credit card or bank account. Please contact us if you have any questions about making a donation to support our project..