Hayes Valley Farm Occupiers Served With An Eviction Notice

Mike Koozmin
One of many banners around the perimeter of the former Hayes Valley Farm.
In the ongoing saga of the activists currently occupying the former Hayes Valley Farm on Laguna between Oak and Fell, SFPD has confirmed that it has served the members of the encampment a notice to vacate the premises. The occupiers tweeted a photograph of the announcement on June 6 (@LiberateLand), which was quickly picked up by neighborhood blog Hayeswire.

The grounds of the eviction is the group's trespassing on private property, a misdemeanor, says Gordon Shyy, an SFPD public information officer. If the occupiers of the space, which they have rechristened "Gezi Gardens" in solidarity with the protests in Turkey, don't vacate the premises, they could be subject to arrest.

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Occupy Moves Into Hayes Valley Farm, Declares Sovereign State, Plants Kale

A group of Occupiers has moved into the tract of land formerly known as Hayes Valley Farm and renamed it Gezi Gardens, in solidarity with the protests going on in Turkey. Hayes Valley Farm moved out of the space on June 1, in accordance with an interim-use agreement with the city of San Francisco, because half of the block-wide tract has been sold to developers to make way for a 185-unit mixed-use development. The new group moved into the 2.2-acre parcel shortly thereafter in a bid to prevent that impending development.

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Say Goodbye to Hayes Valley Farm At Farewell Celebration This Weekend

Anna Roth
An outpouring of love for the farm on the sidewalk at Fell and Laguna.
A few months ago the news broke that Hayes Valley Farm, the great urban ag experiment on the old Embarcadero Freeway on- and off-ramps, is closing its gates by June 1 to make way for a 182-unit apartment complex (and before you get too outraged, remember that this was the original deal the farm made with the city -- to use the space until it was developed). Anyway, before the farm closes it's having one last party, and it sounds like it'll be a great time.

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Pet Baby Goats, Eat Goat Cheese, and More at the Ferry Building's Fifth Annual Goat Festival

Flickr/Brendon Burton
Got goats? According to Flickr these adorable creatures are named Luna and Piper.
Unless you grew up with goats, there's a good chance you know little of them beyond that occasional creamy cheese you lick from your sandwich wrapper. Goatlessness is a sad condition of urban dwelling, but it doesn't have to be. Goats are wonderful beasts -- intelligent, playful, and picky eaters who get sidelined in the public imagination as mindless garbage-munching creatures.

As one would expect, Northern California is rife with advocates who are ready to change our minds about that, and they'll be here Saturday to feed you and teach you about the glory of goats and all they produce at the Fifth Annual Goat Festival. The festival is the project of CUESA, the Ferry Building Marketplace, and the Northern California Makers of Goat Milk Products.

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Learn to Be a Farmer at Farm School

Flickr/Ian Sane
Break out your dungarees and get ready for Farm School.
On the heels of the news that Hayes Valley Farm, the demonstration farm and education center, is closing, 18 Reasons has announced a new series of classes called Farm School. The class description explains that it's not a "comprehensive how-to-start-a-farm class," but that it's "perfect for people interested in the politics and practicalities of small scale organic farming in the Bay Area."

Half of the ten-session course consist of lectures at 18 Reasons on the logistics and business of starting a farm, while the other half will be hands-on courses at the Bi-Rite Farm and Sonoma Garden Park in Sonoma.

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Hayes Valley Farm to Close by June 1

If you, like me, have been meaning to go check out the scene at Hayes Valley Farm but haven't gotten the chance yet, now's the time to make it a priority. The farm's organizers announced on their blog over the weekend that the city of San Francisco is finally going to make use of the land, meaning that the farm has to pull up its roots and find other digs.

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Hayes Valley Farm Begins Beekeeping Classes One Year After the Insecticide

Categories: Urban Farming
Don Hankins
Haven't you always wanted to do this?
Last July, the volunteers at Hayes Valley Farm discovered that someone -- probably an irate neighbor -- had broken into the farm overnight and sprayed insecticide into three beehives on the site. A quarter of a million bees died, several thousand dollars' worth of honey was ruined, and the young urban farm suffered its biggest shock to date. When SFoodie spoke to beekeeper Karen Peteros the day after the discovery, she told us she wasn't sure she was going to install new colonies.

Less than a year later, though, Peteros hasn't just tripled the amount of hives on the farm -- she's about to start offering biweekly beekeeping classes.

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Free Indoor Gardening Fair in Oakland is NOT About Weed

Rachael & Zane Ross/Flickr
First Annual Spring Fling Hydroponic and Organic Gardening Fair

Where: Technical Institute for Indoor Gardening, 681 Fourth St. (at Castro), Oakland, 510-891-1557

When: Sat. and Sun., Mar. 5-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

The rundown: Just like those "tobacco filtration" devices you can purchase at head shops around the country, this weekend's hydroponic gardening fair is not about weed. With advertising that boasts a full line of renewable energy products, sales on bulk soil, and lighting workshops at 11 and 2 each day, this exhibition is trying its darndest to show that hydro gardening isn't just for stoners. So come to Oakland for some great instructional information on how to grow, like, parsley in your closet. There will also be free organic snacks from "Chef Lamundo" (who?), which may be better than the Cheese Whiz and Bacon Bits you were planning to munch on the couch.

Check out other upcoming events on SFoodie.
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Get Your Farm On: Urban Ag Classes at BioFuel Oasis

Keoki Seu/Flickr
One of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area.
BioFuel Oasis may sound like opaque corporate doublespeak (see: Deepwater Horizon), but it's actually one of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area. Founded in 2003, this five-person Berkeley operation specializes in making ever-useful biodiesel fuel from recycled vegetable oil. More important for you, oh aspiring DIY-er, is the host of affordable classes BioFuel Oasis is hosting in 2011.

With offerings ranging from Backyard Goats to Sourdough Cultivation, these classes are a hot commodity for anyone interested in city farming and food cultivation. So hot, in fact, that they've been filling up in a Berkeley minute. This weekend's offerings, Backyard Beekeeping and Urban Fruit Trees, are already at capacity* but here is your chance to sign up for future classes before it's too late. Still available:

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The Year in Food: DIY Revolution

Joseph Schell
Pickles from Happy Girl Kitchen Co. at the Eat Real Fest, which drew 110,000 to Oakland for street food and urban homesteading demos.
Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food.

At the far end of the spectrum from street food and fine dining, another trend exploded in the Bay Area in 2010: DIY food and urban homesteading.

One of the biggest evidences of the DIY food movement played out in blogs on a global scale: Tigress' Can Jam encouraged food bloggers everywhere to can a different ingredient every month, and hundreds took the bait, including San Franciscans Cam and Anita at Married ...with Dinner, Paige of Canning with Kids in the South Bay, and Marin-based award-winning jam maker Shae of Hitchhiking to Heaven.

FARMcurious sprang up to outfit DIY enthusiasts.
Inspired by the likes of Oakland's Novella Carpenter (whose book, Farm City, came out in paperback in May 2010), scads of Bay Area residents took up animal husbandry in their homes. Chickens became all the rage; I can personally think of several friends who added coops to their backyards, including Gudrun of Kitchen Girl Cooks.

Of course this newfound interest created its own little economic bubble, and cottage industries popped up all around the bay. Nicole Kramer launched FARMcurious, a one-stop shop for all things homesteady, and Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper briefly brought beekeeping supplies to the heart of the Mission. Classes in everything from chutney to cheese making became abundant, at venues like 18 Reasons, Urban Kitchen SF, the Institute of Urban Homesteading, BioFuel Oasis, and Happy Girl Kitchen. There was a bumper crop of books from Bay Area writers: Rachel Saunders of Blue Chair Fruit released a hefty tome of jams and preserves; Vanessa Barrington taught us how to make everything D.I.Y. Delicious; and Karen Solomon got picked up for a sequel to her 2008 book Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, due out in early 2011. Oh, and I launched Punk Domestics in July, with an aim to build a curated space for DIY-driven self-publishers everywhere.

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