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Upcoming Classes & Events

Classes Now Enrolling

Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming March 25 to May 6, twice/week.
Seed Production Workshop w/ Organic Seed Alliance Sunday, March 19, 11am to 5pm

Farmshare CSA

Coming Soon to Ocean Beach

Now accepting applications

Classes Now Enrolling

Farming 101
Introduction to Small-scale
Regenerative Farming

Six-week Course
13 classes | Wed. evening in the city, Saturday at the farm

Spring 2017 Session
Saturday, March 25 to Saturday, May 6

Mandatory Orientation
Sat., March 25, 9am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm

FIELD LABS at Wild Willow Farm

Saturdays, 9am-4pm March 25 to May 6

CLASSES in South Park (30th St. @ Juniper)

Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm March 29 to May 3

Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

This six-week, two-day-per-week course is offered several times each year. With a horticultural and practical focus, students learn about soil fertility; tool use; till and no-till strategies; composting; sowing and transplanting; principles of irrigation; and pests, pathogens and beneficials. The last class is a discussion about building farm resiliency and a farm's relationship to many systems we must interact with: governmental, social, commercial, educational and regulatory.

Classes are held in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego (near 30th & Juniper) on Wednesday evenings, with field classes and labs at Wild Willow Farm on Saturdays.

Click for more information, a complete syllabus, or to enroll ($100).

 

Seed Production Workshop

Fundamentals of commercial
organic seed production

Sunday, March 19, 11am to 5pm

in the Classroom at Wild Willow Farm

Join the Southern California Seed Hub & Wild Willow Farm to learn how to incorporate seed production in your diversified farm plan!

Presenter: Steve Peters of Organic Seed Alliance

One-day workshop will discuss

Seed production biology
Hands-on seed harvesting & cleaning
Choosing seed crops for your system and climate
Managing population size & isolation distance
Conducting variety trials
Basic on-farm breeding techniques
Seed production economics and finding markets for your seed.

To Register: $50 in advance online ($55 at the door)

The Southern California Seed Hub is part of a California-wide project of Organic Seed Alliance to help organic specialty seed producers improve their production practices, market access, and the supply of seed adapted to organic growing systems.

To learn about future events and connect to the statewide network of seed producers and buyers email: or

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,
Golden Hill, University Heights

Coming soon to Ocean Beach

now accepting applications to begin in March

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.

$25/week on a 13-week subscription

Full Share = one box every week (13 boxes/quarter)

Half Share = one box every other week (7 boxes/quarter)

Pickups are Wednesday afternoons/evenings.

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.

Click here for more info or to join.

Volunteer at Wild Willow Farm

Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm

Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 3pm


Volunteering Cancelled
Saturday, February 18

Wet weather cancels, either day of or if it has been raining extensively days before.
Please check this page before heading to the farm.


Open Community Volunteering

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 friends in groups of five or fewer that need no additional facilitation and can be split up into tasks. Any group larger than five that wants to work together and requires special facilitation would be a Group Activity.

Information about Community Service Volunteering
Information about Volunteering with Children

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 gloves, tools and tasks; please come prepared for sunshine, cold, heat and working in the dirt. We have bugs too, so please bring any medications you need for that. This is especially important with small children.
Appropriate attire: closed-toe shoes (no sandals), long pants and sleeves, sun hat.
Bring: sunscreen, drinking water, snacks or lunch. Please pack out your trash and recyclables.

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, biting ants, 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.