Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm
NEXT OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: Saturday, October 17
Last one of 2015!
Save the Date
Soil Shindig: A day of celebrating soil!
Saturday, November 7, 10am to 2:30pm
FARMSHARE CSA: Now enrolling members
VOLUNTEERING: Saturdays 11am to 4pm
No farm volunteering on 10/17 and 11/15
Saturday, October 17
the last potluck of 2015
Volunteering, Yoga, Farm Tour, Potluck, Live Music, Wood-fired Pizza, Bonfire and much more.
at Wild Willow Farm
click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)
(except classes or purchases; donations are always appreciated)
Check out photos from the May 2014 potluck,
Schedule for the Day
4pm: Farm Yoga with Niina in the Classroom
4 to 7pm: Farmstand OpenPurchase freshly harvested WWF veggies and eggs. We'll have our super-popular "I like big beets and I cannot lie" WWF t-shirts on sale, courtesy of our friends at the Roots Factory in Barrio Logan ($15 donation supports our 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.
6pm: POTLUCK with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
Please bring something yummy to share!
6:00pm: Live Music by The Big Decisions
Dusk: Fireside Community and Drum Jam 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.
Open House/Potlucks will resume in March 2016 (weather permitting)
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.
$25/week, deliveries every week
$25 week, deliveries every other week
Both Full and Half Shares are the same size and have the same contents. You may join any time shares are available. Half Share deliveries will begin subject to balanced weekly production.
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
Most Saturdays, 11am to 4pm (rain cancels)
No experience necessary. No reservations required (except as noted below).
Volunteer for all or a portion of the hours listed.
Open Volunteering is for individuals, families or groups smaller than ten
that need no additional facilitation and can be split up into tasks.
Anything other than this would be a Group Activity.
IMPORTANT DATES: Farm volunteering is CANCELLED on these dates:
October 17, November 7*, November 14, and December 26.
*We are offering unique alternative volunteer opportunities on November 7 during
our Soil Shindig; please see below for more information.
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). Please bring a lunch.
We welcome people of all ages and abilities, but please leave your pets at home.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS
We are open for school community service hours. If you are under 18, please arrive with a parent or guardian to check you in and give you permission to participate (parents/guardians do not need to stay). Please let us know at check-in if you need us to sign-off on your required paperwork.
Court-Ordered Community Service Hours for Youth (17 and under): Youth may volunteer on the farm to fulfill court-ordered community service hours on a case-by-case basis only. Prior to coming to the farm, interested youth and parents must contact the volunteer coordinator by e-mail to make arrangements. This communication will help us make sure that the young person and our staff are prepared for the service hours. We will not verify any court-ordered service without prior arrangement.
Court-Ordered Community Service Hours for Adults: At this time, we do not allow court-ordered community service hours for adults.
VOLUNTEERING with 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 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 activities 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.
Volunteering with children under 10 years old: Volunteering activities are limited for younger children on the farm. We offer participation in a variety of activities, but it is important to note that children under the age of 10 are not permitted to volunteer in our vegetable fields. When available, volunteer activities for young children include feeding our goats and chickens, assisting with compost activities, weeding, and seed-saving.
Although volunteer activities are limited, your time on the farm is not. Young children and parents are welcome to visit the farm during public volunteer hours to walk, observe things happening on the farm, meet our animals, or even enjoy a picnic lunch in our barn.
Upcoming Special Volunteer Days
November 7: Volunteer at the Soil Shindig!
Details will be announced soon for volunteer opportunities in support of this community event.