News, Workshops and Upcoming Events
OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: Saturday, September 20
FARMSHARE CSA Now enrolling members
VOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday
FARMRAISING EVENT WWF 5K and Chili-Brewfest
FARMRAISING EVENT Chef's Dinner @ Wild Willow Farm
Mel is founder and volunteer director of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and Wild Willow Farm & Education Center. Nominated by Wild Willow Farm staff and board members, he was selected as one of three finalists for this County-wide recognition, and was named Volunteer of the Year in this year's Cox Conserves Hero contest.
Mel won with the greatest number of votes ever in a California contest!
Created in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, the program recognizes local environmental volunteers and donates money to local nonprofits on their behalf.
which we'll put to use expanding facilities for our farm school.
For your support, we owe you all a round of applause!
Saturday, September 20
Volunteering, Yoga, Native Plant Tour, Farm Tour,
Potluck, Live Bluegrass, Wood-fired Pizza, Bonfire and more.
Wild Willow Farm
click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)
(donations in support of our programs are appreciated)
Check out photos from May's potluck,
taken by our friend Gregory Berg!
Schedule for the Day
11am to 4pm: Volunteer on the farm
Learn while doing.
4pm: Led by Niina Lobbestael in the barn.
4 to 7pm: Purchase freshly harvested veggies.
4 to 7pm: Native plants, veggie starts and succulents for your garden
(by donation to support our educational programs)
5pm: Farm Tour
Led by Wild Willow staff and students. See what we do, and learn why and how we do it.
Know your farmer, know your farm, know your food.
5pm: Native Plant Botanical Tour
Interpretive walk through the beautiful the TJ River Park to learn about native habitat
led by wildlife botanists Lisa Ordóñez or Lindsay Willrick.
6:00pm POTLUCK and live bluegrass by Plow
with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
Please bring something yummy to share!
Dusk -- BRING DRUMS
Our farm is all about community, so what better way to say that than by hosting a monthly community gathering? On third Saturdays each month from March through November, we host volunteer opportunities, tours, a grand potluck meal, and bonfire.
Something yummy to share (extra points for something homemade using organic, locally grown ingredients). Please label your dish and ingredients (share your recipes!).
Your own plate, cup and eating utensils help us keep this a zero-waste event.
Please pack out your recylables and trash.
Jacket and warm clothing. It gets surprisingly cold here at night.
We welcome everyone, but please leave your pets at home.
Children: You may bring kids of any age you feel suitable to be around a farm, including contact with dirt, bugs, thistles and burrs, farm animals, tools, and nature. Children must remain under your direct supervision or awareness at all times. Please no unacompanied children. Wild Willow Farm does not offer childcare services and the farm is not a playground.
About our potlucks: volunteering, free mini-workshops, farm tour, potluck, bonfire, drumming. Farming is all about food. And food is best when shared with community. At our potlucks Wild Willow gives thanks to our amazing community of students, volunteers, educators, fans and eaters of every stripe. Familiar faces and new smiles are always welcome to these joyous gatherings that include educational workshops, volunteer activities, farm tour, potluck dinner, and drum circle around our cob firepit. See photos from our May 2014 potluck taken by Gregory Berg.
REMAINING 2014 OPEN-HOUSE/POTLUCKS: October 18, November 15 (weather dependent)
LEARN FARMING at our next Farming 101 session:
Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming
Classes begin Wednesday, September 3
Last day of classes is Thursday, November 20
Applications now being accepted.
Enrollment now open.
CLASSES Wednesday evenings in San Diego
Held on USD campus (Linda Vista), 6:30 to 9:30pm
Select the Lab and Practicum to fit your schedule.
FIELD LABS at Wild Willow Farm
Thursday only is available
FARM PRACTICA at Wild Willow Farm
choice of Mon., Tue., Wed., Fri. or Sat.
The course consists of lectures, field labs and farm practicum work where students learn what it takes to work a small organic farm. Students take part in classroom lectures and projects, and work alongside farm staff to practice material covered in class.
We invite you to join us as we plant seeds for a healthy and delicious shared future.
Now enrolling for Full and Half Shares
Pickups in Imperial Beach, Chula Vista,
Mission Hills and Talmadge
You are invited to become a Wild Willow Farm Shareholder -- our version of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). Each weekly or bi-weekly Share includes a seasonal selection of farm-fresh vegetables with occasional fruits, cut flowers, and herbs -- the equivalent of about one grocery bag full of just-harvested produce. Contents of your Share will vary based on seasons and production cycles, but we aim for consistent volume.
every week for 12 weeks = $240
every other week for 12 weeks = $120
Both Full and Half Shares are $20/each/week, and are the same size. You may join any time shares are available.
New Drop sites sought!
You can apply to become a FarmShare drop site with five or more weekly subscriptions (locations south of Interstate 8 and west of Interstate 15 preferred). To find out more, contact Dorothea at
Open Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm
every Saturday, 11am to 4pm (rain cancels)
No experience necessary. No reservations required.
Come to the farm and participate in your food system as we grow Wild Willow Farm. Often the best way to learn is by doing, and you'll get a taste of the myriad things a farmer does while preparing and growing San Diego seasonal plantings of vegetables, greens, medicinal and culinary herbs and cover crops.
On-farm chores vary widely week to week and depend entirely on what's happening at the farm that day. Usual activities include composting (hands-on learning every week), watering, bed prep, weeding, mulching, animal care, planting and tending a huge range of plants and more.
No reservations are required. We've got the gloves, tools and tasks, just come prepared for sunshine and dirt (sun hat, appropriate clothing, sturdy closed-toe shoes) and please bring a lunch. We have plenty of drinking water, but having your own water bottle makes it easier for you.
Children: You may bring kids of any age you feel suitable to be around a farm, including contact with dirt, bugs, thistles and burrs, farm animals, tools, and nature. Rest assured that we do not use any harmful chemicals on the soil or food we grow. Children must remain under your direct supervision or awareness at all times; we'll do our best to find appropriate work for your family. Please no unacompanied children unless by prior arrangement, such as for school service hours. Wild Willow Farm does not offer childcare services and the farm is not a playground.
We welcome people of all ages and abilities, but please leave your pets at home.
Because vegetarians deserve delicious chili too!
FOOD BEER MUSIC NATURE FARM FUN
at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
FARM-raiser for Wild Willow Farm
The smell of chili wafts through the air. A craft brew is waiting to wash it down. You are wandering the grounds of Wild Willow Farm to the sounds of chickens and goats on a clear September day…
Our third-annual harvest season celebration features a vegetarian/vegan chili cook-off and beer tasting from some of our region's finest craft breweries, plus a family-friendly 5K trail run/walk in the scenic Tijuana River Park, on the Park's newly improved trails.