News, Workshops and Upcoming Events
FAMILY FARM FUN DAY: Saturday, November 29 SPECIAL EVENT: FARM SCHOOL FARMSHARE CSAVOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK:
New 5-year lease with County of San Diego ensures continuing our work educating and teaching about sustainable agriculture.
After a year of uncertainty, we are pleased to announce we've successfully completed negotiation with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and just signed a five-year lease agreement, allowing us to continue our educational programs in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. Since we started Wild Willow Farm & Education Center in June 2010, we've been graciously operating under a sublease agreement from Suzie's Farm, our next-door neighbors and one of our region's premier organic farms.
This is a milestone for our organization. We began almost 14 years ago to try to save one small organic farm from being shut down because of urban sprawl. Though unsuccessful, we did not quit and undertook the greater challenge of educating our fellow citizens about the importance of local small farms to our economy, our physical and environmental health, and the nature of our back country. Now, for the first time in our history, we have a piece of property with our name on it. This gives us opportunity to make longer-range plans and develop more durable and engaging programming.
Thank You: Robin Taylor and Lucilla DeAlejandro of Suzie's Farm for their support as we grew Wild Willow Farm into what it is today, and to you, our fans, supporters, staff and community members who have been with us as we've changed the food conversation in our County.
Family Farm Fun Day
Fun activities for the entire family!
If you need an excuse to avoid the mall and instead have some down-to-earth fun with the whole family, then come to Wild Willow Farm on Saturday, November 29 from 10am to 2pm.
Workshops for Adults (donations requested)
Family Fun for Everyone!
Purchase your 2015 Kitchen Garden Almanac!
11am-1pm: (donation requested)
12-1pm: (donation requested)
Children and youth activities
10am; 10:30am; 11am; 11:30am
Purchase tickets for a chance to win great prizes in our farm holiday gift drawing.
Prizes include mobile chicken coop, home composter, and canning kit and more!
Plus farm volunteering and more!
No reservations required. Children under 14 must be under the direct supervision of their parent or adult guardians. Older children must have a parent/guardian sign them in and provide contact information.
Saturday, November 29, 1pm to 5pm
Craft sales will support women's empowerment
and education in Chiapas, Mexico
In The Barn @ Wild Willow Farm
click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)
The Mayan communities in Chiapas, Mexico have created one of the most highly developed, organic and sustainable agricultural systems on the planet. This second joint event at Wild Willow will highlight the practical efforts and long-term dreams of the autonomous Mayan communities of Chiapas, Mexico. On sale will be crafts, agricultural products, weavings, art and much more brought to you directly from these unique indigenous communities.
This is a chance for local communities on the US/Mexico border to get in touch with people who live a millennium long, organic agricultural system caled the milpa. In addition, we will introduce a variety of contemporary experiments going on in Chiapas especially the massive resistance to GMO contaminations.
Some of what will be covered:
Mayan women's empowerment and artisan sales
Weaving and other artisan work is culturally and practically integral to today's people of corn. Sharing these gifts supports education in literacy, health, women's production, and ecological agriculture. Someone you know would love a Zapatista gift!
The ancient milpa and contemporary resistance to GMO contaminations
The Mayan people, also known as the people of corn, invented corn and an agricultural system to go with it. Now they are leading the international struggle to stop GMO contaminations in the birthplace of corn.
Nixtimalizado, tortilla, and tamale making
The ancient Mayans naturally bred corn and found a way to unlock it's nutritional value. This will be a practical demonstration of the magic that comes from cooking corn with lime.
Zapatita corn farmers are sharing their seed with people-of-conscience around the globe seeking sanctuary for their genetic heritage.
Who are the Zapatistas 8-minute video & discussion
Women in the Zapatista Movement 8-minute video & discussion
Zapatista Education 8-minute video & discussion
LEARN FARMING at our next Farming 101 session:
Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming
Farming Classes for the Climatically Challenged
January 12 through February 20, 2015
including optional trip to the EcoFarm Conference (separate registration required)
Applications now being accepted.
Enrollment begins 11/3/14
San Diego's moderate climate and year-round growing season affords us opportunities to teach basic small-scale sustainable farming skills to those who live in colder climates. Wild Willow Farm is less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and 2/3-mile north of the Mexican border. Our moderate climate gives us the ability to operate our farm school year-round.
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.
The Winter Intensive will involve four days per week of learning at the farm, with a break in the middle so farm staff and students can attend the 2015 EcoFarm Conference near Monterey. Students are encouraged to attend and to carpool with us, but they must register for the conference on their own. Students who do not wish to attend can use this time to explore the many wonders of the San Diego area, home to more small farms than any county in the US. We are working on setting up housing options for out-of-town students (additional fees will apply).
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.
Volunteer for all or a portion of the hours listed.
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.