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Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm


CLASS: Farming 102: the Cucurbitaceae Family (squash, cukes, melons) Saturday, June 27, 1pm
CLASSES: Weekly Classes in Urban Farming & Homesteading every Saturday
FARM SCHOOL: Farming 101: Introduction to Farming Summer Session begins July 8

Food Resiliency Lunch Saturday, June 27, noon
MOVIE: More Than Honey Thursday, July 23 (Hillcrest)

FARMSHARE CSA Now enrolling members
VOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday 11am to 4pm

Community Event: Open House-Potluck

Open House/Potluck

Saturday, July 18

Wild Willow Farm

Volunteering, Class, Yoga, T-shirt making, Qigong, 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)

(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.


4pm: Farm Yoga (donations requested)
In the Classroom

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

4:30 to 7pm: T-shirt making
We'll hand screen commemorative WWF t-shirts with help from 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.

5pm: Native Plant Wildlife Tour
Interpretive walk through the beautiful the TJ River Park to learn about native habitat and wildlife
led by local botanist Lisa Ordóñez.

with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
Please bring something yummy to share!

6:30pm: live music from Coral Bells

7pm: Sundown Eight Brocades Qigong
In the classroom. Taught by Ken Veale.

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)

July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17

Lunch & Discussion Food Resiliency for a Changing Climate

Saturday June 27 @ noon
Food Resiliency Lunch & Discussion

With Laura Lengnick, author of the new book
Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

at Wild Willow Farm

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

$5 donation for farm fresh lunch!

This free discussion will be led by Laura Lengnick as she discusses the importance of creating food resiliency. She will also be showcasing her recent book, Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate.

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, but hot summer nights, warmer winters, longer growing seasons and other environmental changes have more subtle but far-reaching effects on plant and livestock growth and development.

Resilient Agriculture recognizes the critical role that sustainable agriculture will play in the coming decades and beyond. The latest science on climate risk, resilience and climate change adaptation is blended with the personal experience of farmers and ranchers. 

Movie More Than Honey

Thursday, July 23 @ 7:30pm

Special Screening of
More Than Honey Documentary

Hillcrest Landmark Cinema

Dinner discussion @ 5pm Local Habit
(1 block from theater)

San Diego Roots is collaborating with Slow Food Urban San Diego to host a screening of "More than Honey" on Thursday, July 23. 

See the trailer and reserve tickets here. We need 110 tickets reserved to ensure the theater will do the screening. Your cards won't be charged until the we get that many reservations.

5:00 pm: Join us at Local Habit in Hillcrest for a pre-screening networking event (a la Slow Sips) featuring local honey bee experts plus mead and honey from local producers. Join the conversation and the community. 

7:30pm: See the film just across the street. Be sure to reserve your tickets today! Stay for the panel discussion after the movie!

ABOUT THE FILM: Taking a journey through the honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China, and Australia, "More Than Honey" explores bee decimation. The same scenario is repeated around the world: 50%-90% of bees are disappearing from colony to colony. The bee epidemic has started a phenomenon known in the scientist community as, "Colony Collapse Disorder." The dying species has had a negative global effect, and without the bee population, our humanity will slowly be affected. Director and writer, Markus Imhoof travels from the different regions to interview beekeepers' work to preserve their colonies. With their knowledge and practice in the bee world, the beekeepers show the daily paradox working in both natures' rhythm and against it.

Collaborators: Slow Food Urban San Diego, Local Habit, San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, Golden Coast Mead, San Diego Beekeeping Society.

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

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

LATE SUMMER-FALL Aug 22 to Sep 26
FALL Oct 3 to Nov 7

Apply for Farming 101 Now

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