By Booka Alon

Happy New Year to you, and we hope your holiday season was joyful and filled with peace and merriment. Now that 2013 is upon us, reflection and gratitude seem appropriate so we’d like to share an update on some of the projects in ecological stewardship and habitat restoration that are bringing us pride and joy.


If you’ve been reading our recent newsletters, you know that San Francisco Landscapes is a proud partner of San Francisco Bee-Cause. SFBC is entering its third season at the new Bee Farm. The Farm’s first Honey Sale happened in mid-December, and we’re happy to report it was a sweet success! Over 50 people came to The Bee Farm on San Bruno to purchase holiday honey and show their support. Thanks to the families, gardeners and local Vis Valley and Portola residents who came to the event. SFBC raised enough funds to install a new water connection on site, which SF Landscapes will install this season. We’d like to express gratitude to those who brought their kids to the Bee Farm; they brought a lively curiosity with them and engaged in bee art, answered pollinator trivia, planted sweet peas, toured the land and sipped on honey straws. View the Honey Sale photo album here.

If you’d like to support the Bee Farm, the next round of Volunteer Workdays are scheduled for Sunday, January 13 and Sunday, February 10 from 12 noon until 4 o’clock. You can also show support by helping the Bee Farm acquire tools and gloves. Visit the recently published wish list, and send us an email if you’d like us to pick up your new or gently used tools.

Fond of Ponds

If water features capture your imagination, stay tuned for upcoming pond-building workshops happening this season at Potrero Hill’s Permaculture Garden at 18th and Rhode Island. Brett Stephens will be leading three weekend workshops to complete a mulit-tiered water feature at the site. We will be sharing more info with you so stay tuned.

Wishing you health, abundance and fertility in 2013!


Kids bee art

Hives all set up and ready to go

First planting (with kids) at the Honey Sale