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Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm

OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: This Saturday, May 16!

FARM BRUNCH: Eggcellent Fundraiser This Sunday, May 17

CLASS: Intermediate Beekeeping This Saturday, May 16, 8am
CLASS: Goats and Cheese This Saturday, May 16, 1pm
CLASSES: Urban Farming & Homesteading Weekly Classes every Saturday
FARM SCHOOL Farming 101: Introduction to Farming Summer Session begins July 8!

FARMSHARE CSA Now enrolling members

VOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday 11am to 4pm

Eggcellent Fundraiser This Sunday!

Brunch, Chicken Fun, and Painting!

Sunday, May 17, 11am

at Wild Willow Farm

click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)

$45.00 RSVP to Attend
Proceeds go to funding the new hens: stronger fences, feed, and more!
All food and art materials provided!

In partnership with the fine folks from Wine & Pallette, we're hosting A Brunch Benefit to fund our new pastured laying chickens (and their eggs) that now call the Farm home. We need new fences, homes, and feed for girls! Let's support these free-range love'n, egg-lay'n ladies! Come down to the Farm for an 11am Farm-Egg Brunch (included!) and a 2 hour painting (16"x20" canvas) of this FINE rooster! Add your own flare to him, he won't mind! All food and art materials included!

11am Walk into a secret garden and brunch your heart out on farm fresh eggs as the Farm is making a special breakfast especially for you. Juice provided for your enjoyment and for byob purposes.

11:45 Feed the chickens and get acquainted!

Noon Art begins! All art materials are provided and set up for you! Creative instruction, with canvas and acrylic paint. Instructor Bri will walk you step-by-step in painting a rooster. She will show you how to do the silhouette of this regal boy and a simple sunset background, and explain to you how to veer off the beaten path and go on your own creative expression.

2pm Enjoy a leisurely stroll, walking through the Wild Willow Farm rows and all they have to offer!

RSVP to Attend

Community Event: Open House-Potluck

Open House/Potluck

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Volunteering, Goat-Husbandry Class, Farm Yoga, Native Plant Tour, Farm Tour, Potluck, Live Music, Wood-fired Pizza, Bonfire and more.

at Wild Willow Farm

click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)

Free.
(except classes or purchases; donations are always appreciated)

Check out photos from the May 2014 potluck,
taken by our friend Gregory Berg!


Schedule for the Day

11am to 4pm: Volunteer on the farm
Learn while doing.

1pm to 4pm: CLASS: Goats and Cheese Cost: $30
taught by Cat Henning.
Goats make a great addition to your farm and your family, even in an urban setting! We'll talk about the role of goats in your family and meet different goat species. Through observation, we'll understand the importance of housing, enclosures, security, and nutrient requirements. Join us for a hands-on chèvre making experience and honest conversation on milk handling, processing, and distribution.

4pm: Farm Yoga (donations requested)
Led by Niina Lobbestael in the Field Classroom

4 to 7pm: Farmstand Open
Purchase freshly harvested WWF veggies and eggs.

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 Wildlife Tour
Interpretive walk through the beautiful the TJ River Park to learn about native habitat and wildlife
led by experts Lisa Ordóñez and/or Lindsay Willrick.

6pm: POTLUCK and live music from The Tinkersmiths!
with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
Please bring something yummy to share!

7pm: Sundown Chi Gong and Tai Chi
An Introduction to Chi Gong and Tai Chi for the beginner presented by Ken Veale, near the goat pen.

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.

Please Bring

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.

Scheduled 2015 Open House/Potlucks (weather permitting)

May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17.

Join the Wild Willow Farmshare CSA

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

Click here for more info or to join.

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.

Full Share: $25/week, deliveries every week
Half Share: $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.

Pickup Locations: Imperial Beach, Mission Hills, Chula Vista, Talmadge
Pickups are all on Wednesday afternoons/evenings.

Click here for more info or to join.

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

Volunteer at Wild Willow Farm

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). Please bring a lunch, or plan to enjoy lunch made right on the farm and served around noon (suggested donation $5.00).

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.

We welcome people of all ages and abilities, but please leave your pets at home.

Farm School Farming 101: Introduction to Farming

Farming 101:
Introduction to Farming

Revised format: now quicker and more affordable.

Five-week Course

CLASSES at University of San Diego (Linda Vista)
Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm
FIELD LABS at Wild Willow Farm
Saturdays, 9am-4pm

Cost: $400 + $25 registration fee (includes required textbook)

Wild Willow Farm's Farming 101: Introduction to Farming course offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

2015 Farming 101 Course Dates

Apply for Farming 101 Now

The course consists of lectures and field labs where students learn what it takes to begin and operate a small organic farm business. This course is a prerequisite to becoming a Tier 1 Farming Student.

Farming 101 Class Schedule

Click here to see course guidelines and syllabus

Mandatory Orientation

Wednesday, July 8, 5:30pm at USD.
Topic: Welcome, History of WWF, Farm Tour, Staff & Student Introductions;
Introductory lecture:
In the Spirit of Organics.
Film Symphony of the Soil after lunch (optional).

Week 1

Wednesday Class: It Starts with the Soil
Saturday Lab: Making & using compost, mulching, sheet composting, cover cropping.

Week 2

Wednesday Class: Growing Fertile Soil
Saturday Lab: Farm tools -- proper use and care; Evaluating soil texture and moisture; Bed preparation; Mechanical and manual tillage; Compost tea and extract.

Week 3

Wednesday Class: Seasonal Planting Techniques
Saturday Lab: Direct Sowing and Transplanting; Starting seeds; Planting practice.

Week 4

Wednesday Class: How Water Moves through the Soil
Saturday Lab: Irrigation practice and watering your farm under the southern sun.

Week 5

Wednesday Class: Pests, Pathogens & Attracting Beneficial Insects
Saturday Lab: Identifying pests, pathogens and beneficials, harvesting practice, cooking.
Graduation Potluck!

Apply Now

Ongoing Farm School Programs

Continue your farming education in our year-round School for Sustainable Farming program, with weekly classes, hands-on mentoring and additional enrollment benefits. Click here for more information