Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm
POTLUCK: Saturday, July 16 Join the Potluck Sidekick Team!
Session 1: June 27 to July 1
Session 2: July 5 to July 8
Session 3: July 11 to July 15
UPCOMING FARM SCHOOL COURSES
Farming 101: Introduction to Small Scale Farming 6-week session begins July 23
Holistic Summer Orchard Care August 6 & 13
FARMSHARE CSA: Now enrolling members
NORTH PARK FARMERS MARKET: Thursdays, 3pm to 7:30pm
feed your family produce right from the farm!
VOLUNTEERING: Saturdays 10am to 3pm
with the National Young Farmers Coalition
and Kiss the Ground
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)
Thank you for supporting our farm and our work
$5 suggested, OR bring a homemade dish OR volunteer for an hour
The National Young Farmer's Coalition supports America's next generation of sustainable farmers and ranchers. NYFC is composed not only of young farmers, but also of established farmers, farm service providers, good food advocates and conscious consumers. Learn more about how you can become a member at our event!
Kiss the Ground works to help farmers and communities build back healthy soil through policy and awareness. Co-founded by Ryland Englehart and Finian Makepeace, their organization creates media to educate and inspire people to take part in the restoration of soil, and builds networks of people to create political and social change.
If you'd like to help, please sign up for the Sidekickteam!
Nature + Kids = Learning + Fun
Exploring and becoming nature
"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health (and also, by the way, in our own)."
- -Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods
Yoga and Meditation
"If every 8 year old in the world is taught meditation we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation."
- -Dalai Lama
Children's Nature Summer Camp
A collaboration with Project Wild Earth Kids
and Los Niños Yoga, Movement and Fun!
Three sessions of week-long day camps
at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego 92154
click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)
Nature Exploration • Farming • Gardening Cooking+Nutrition • Yoga+Meditation • Artherapy
Dance+Movement • Storytelling • Free Play + more!
At Wild Willow Farm we embrace the rewilding revolution. We are committed to growing inspired children and youth by sowing seeds of wonder and respect for our Earth and all its life forms.
Your children will experience Earth-based wisdom through experiential learning. We will spend our days exploring at Wild Willow farm and Education Center nestled in the beautiful Tijuana River Valley Reserve. We will also have the opportunity to interact with our farm animals and forest animals. Other activities included in this camp are a hike to the beach, daily storytelling, nature arts and crafts, yoga and movement and free play.
We will be cooking/preparing a healthy, farm-fresh snack each day.
Session 1: Keepers of the Earth
June 27 to July 1, 9am to 3pm
We will be exploring story, myth and legend as an inspiration for developing environmental stewardship. Children will be engaging in daily nature activities intended to stimulate their sense of wonder for the great outdoors and all living life. We will be exploring the "Four Elements" through art, science, yoga, movement cooking and gardening to draw out our connection to our Earth and all life.
Session 2: Into the Woods: Wood Nymphs, Elves, Fairies and Butterflies
5 to July 8, 9am to 3pm
We will be exploring the magical world of woodland creatures and transforming ourselves into elves, fairies, butterflies and more. By creating an imaginary world where everything is possible, we learn to bring magic into into our daily lives.
Session 3: Wildly Fun
July 11 to July 15, 9am to 3pm
Come be your most wild and authentic self. We will be exploring, letting loose, dancing, eating and playing. Children will experience free play within an organized and natural space. This session is intended to create a safe space for kids to be kids.
Now enrolling for these popular classes.
Farming 101: Introduction to Small-Scale Farming
(12 total classes; Wed. evening in the city and Saturday at the farm)
Summer Session begins Saturday, July 23 ends Saturday, September 3
Summertime Holistic Orchard Care
Sundays, Aug. 7 & 14
Beginning Beekeeping, Sat. 9/10
Intermediate Beekeeping, Sun 9/11
Fresh Wild Willow produce and eggs are sold weekly at the North Park Thursday Market, Thursday afternoons 3pm to 7:30pm, rain or shine. The market is on North Park Way between 30th Street and Grenada. @northparkfarmersmarket
Farmshare CSA now delivering to Golden Hill. Subscribers receive a box of fresh, delicious seasonal produce weekly or every other week, just $25 box! We also deliver farm-fresh produce weekly to these other neighborhoods: Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and University Heights. Click here for more details and to sign up.
Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm
New Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 3pm (wet weather 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 friends in groups of five or fewer that need no additional facilitation and can be split up into tasks. Any group larger than five would be a Group Activity.
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.
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.
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.