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News, Workshops and Upcoming Events

OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: Saturday, September 20 Volunteering, events and activities all day

FARMRAISING EVENT WWF 5K and Chili-Brewfest Saturday, September 27
FARMRAISING EVENT Chef's Dinner @ Wild Willow Farm Sunday, October 5

FARM SCHOOL Introduction to Crop Planning with Scott Murray October 16 & 23
FARM SCHOOL Basics of Sustainable Farming Winter Intensive begins January 12

FARMSHARE CSA Now enrolling members Weekly harvest share of WWF Produce

VOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday 11am to 4pm

Mel Lions honored as 2014 Cox Conserves Hero Volunteer of the Year

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.

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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.

As a result, Cox Communications will donate $10,000 in support of Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, which we'll put to use expanding facilities for our farm school.

For your support, we owe you all a round of applause!

Wild Willow Farm 5K & Vegetarian Chili Brewfest

Because vegetarians deserve delicious chili too!


Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9am
at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

FARM-raiser for Wild Willow Farm

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See photos from the 2012 run.

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. 

Farm School Introduction to Crop Planning

Introduction to Crop Planning

Enroll in Planning Class

Enrollee's Name

After making your RSVP, you will be sent a confirmation and further instructions. RSVP fees are not refundable unless the class is cancelled, or we are notified of your non-attendance 48 hours before the class.

with Scott Murray

Thursdays, October 16 and 23, 6pm to 8pm
Classes held on the University of San Diego campus
in Linda Vista

$60 general public, or $40 for graduates or students of Wild Willow Farm's Farming 101 course

Pre-requisites: Working knowledge of spreadsheets (excel, numbers), visit to Wild Willow Farm (recommended within past 10 months, tours provided every Saturdays at 1pm by appointment).

Description: This course will introduce tools for crop planning to get your farm or garden growing food when you want it. We will include crop planning for a target harvest, succession planning, and optimizing time and growing space.

Using real world information from Wild Willow Farm, attendees will create a production plan for a full year of a working farm.

The course includes pre-reading and inter-session homework assignments. You will walk away from this class with an understanding of production planning and electronic versions of template spreadsheets to design your own production plan. Introduction to some budgeting aspects of production planning will be included.

The class will work off of a list of cost standards to develop budgets for a production crop: cost of seeds, area, cultivation, labor, fertilization, materials, all the way to bags and boxes for harvest.

Optional Textbook: We recommend Richard Wiswall's The Organic Farmer's Business Handbook: the complete guide to managing finances, crops and staff -- and making a profit. We have copies of this book available for purchase ($35).

Scott Murray is a true pioneer in organic farming, beginning his lifelong pursuit of the craft in 1974. He's been farming in San Diego for over thirty years, and for many years has taught diverse topics related to organic and sustainable agriculture. Scott has hosted 27 international agricultural interns from seven different countries for up to one year each as part of the Mesa Program, of which he is chairman.

Besides being an adjunct professor at San Diego City College's Sustainable Urban Ag program, he sits on several agricultural boards, including being a founding board member of Slow Food San Diego. We are proud to say he also serves as Wild Willow's farm advisor. His real-world experience as a commercial farmer and advocate for young farmers infuses his passion for teaching. We are truly fortunate to have him teaching this course.

Wild Willow School for Sustainable Farming

LEARN FARMING at our next Farming 101 session:
Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming

Winter 6-week Intensive

Farming Classes for the Seasonally Impaired

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

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

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).

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