Thank you for supporting San Diego Roots!
Your generosity supports the educational work of San Diego Roots and our programs, including Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. All donations are tax-deductible.
Why give to San Diego Roots and Wild Willow Farm?
We wake up every day with one goal in mind: to make a better, healthier, more sustainable and better-tasting world for everyone in our area. Your financial support makes this possible.
We work to educate our youth, create sustainability, preserve traditional farming methods and to discover and teach innovative farming techniques that work for San Diego's unique environment.
Grow the Farm Campaign
Our Grow the Farm Campaign helps us buy the many things a growing farm needs: trees, irrigation supplies, tools, educational supplies, and much more.
Your donation can also make a wonderful, socially conscious holiday gift. Honor your friends and family in the best way possible: give them the gift of a better world. Every gift donation sends an important message to someone you care about: that you want a healthier, more delicious and just world for them to live in.
Friend of the Farm Campaign
Our Friend the Farm Campaign raises funds to support Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. Your membership helps us develop our educational programs, bringing folks of all stripes to the farm to learn about where their food comes from, and train a new generation of sustainable San Diego farmers. Members receive discounts on workshops and classes at the farm.
What we accomplished in 2011
With your enthusiastic support, our second year at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center saw lots of growth and development in our programs and facility:
Established the farm field trip program and had over 1000 participants
Established a college-credit sustainable farming internship and taught 18+ interns
Formed a partnership with SoCal Shrooms for mushroom growing and workshops
Made the farm home to a large flock of chickens and ducks, and two friendly goats
Were designated a Regional Garden Education Center and taught over 50 people in three different tracks: Gardening 101 Basic Gardening Skills; How to Start & Sustain a School Garden; and How to Start and Manage a Community Garden.
Built a fantastic outdoor kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven
Received a donated trailer and established our farm office, library, seed locker and storage
Assembled a donated greenhouse and put it to work
Installed over 1000 feet of main-line irrigation and necessary plumbing system upgrades.
Hired two new educational staff members, Lisa Ordóñez and Erynn Pierce.
Held 13 public classes & workshops, including cooking, mushroom growing, beekeeping, natural building, fermentation, canning your harvest and more
Invited community participation with eight monthly farm potlucks
Hosted over 150 people at the second-annual Art of Agriculture Harvest Festival
Hosted a fundraiser for San Diego City College's Seeds @ City Urban Farm
Hosted the U.S.-Mexico Border Binational Health Week Inaugural Event.
Your continued support is instrumental in helping us achieve our 2012 goals:
Programs: Host overnight "farm camp" field trips; develop off-site "farmer-to-school field trips;" expand our internship opportunities and job training.
Infrastructure: Expand our rainwater harvesting system; install irrigation for our young fruit orchard; build a new tool shed; create hedgerows and windbreaks; develop raptor perches, bat boxes and reptile habitats; take down some hoop houses to create room for organizational partners to develop extended garden education and training programs.
Staff: Develop paid "advanced internships" in farming and education; create the job "volunteer coordinator;" expand our Board of Directors.
Events: Host even more special events and provide opportunities for community members to host their own at the farm.
We celebrate participation. As a small organization with diverse experience and long-term vision, we pledge to use all of the resources we receive with efficiency and thoughtfulness. We believe that we can all participate and we can all give. Please consider making a financial contribution to enable San Diego Roots to advance the community-based response to food security in San Diego.