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Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm

NEXT OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: Saturday, September 19

CLASSES: Summer Fruit Tree Care Three Class Series 8/22, 8/29, 9/5
CLASS: Beekeeping Basics September 12
FARM SCHOOL: Farming 101: Introduction to Farming Fall Session begins October 3

EVENT: WWF 5K + 10K Chili Brewfest Saturday, September 26, 9am

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

CLASSES: Summer Fruit Tree Care

3-class Series
Summer Fruit Tree Care

taught by Paul Maschka

You may enroll for any or all classes.
These are extended classes open to everyone. For those with pre-paid Tier 1 class cards, each class is equivalent of two T1 classes.

This course introduces you to fruit tree selection, planting and care for backyard fruit trees or a even a small-scale orchard. The course includes content about desirable varieties, hands-on pruning and training methods and details on pest management. The emphasis is on organic production methods to grow healthy trees and is intended for those interested in better backyard fruit, organic agricultural production, edible landscaping, agroecological practices, and sustainable plant husbandry. We will be working in the Wild Willow Farm Orchard during all classes.

Class 1
Deciduous Fruit Trees
Saturday, August 22, 9am to 4pm

The first class will be an introduction covering the general information, but our main focus will be on summer training and pruning practice of deciduous trees. We will grow your confidence with hands-on pruning and training practice and tree anatomy observation. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS CLOSED THOUGH WALK-UP REGISTRATION IS OPEN. Please come to the farm and register 15 minutes before the start of class.

Class 2
Subtropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, August 29, 9am to 4pm

San Diego's moderate climate makes it ideal to grow many subtropical fruits, including citrus, avocado, fig, sapote, cherimoya, banana and guava. This class will be about the selection, maintenance and growing needs for this delicious family of fruits!

Class 3
Berries and Vines
Saturday, September 5, 9am to 4pm

Grapes, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and many other vining berries grow well here. Learn how to manage them for optimal production and flavor.

Summer Fruit Tree Care

Class and Date
Name of enrollee

Saturday, Sept. 12, 9am to 4pm

Beekeeping Basics

taught by Paul Maschka
This is an extended class open to everyone who loves or has interest in keeping bees. For those with pre-paid Tier 1 class cards, this class is the equivalent of two T1 classes.

WHATS ALL THE BUZZ ABOUT? Please join us at Wild Willow for a fun an informative class about keeping bees and harvesting honey. If you have ever dreamt of getting to know honeybees a little better this is your chance. Get some hands-on experience with our resident bees and beekeeper. We'll discuss honeybee society, types of hives, hive parts, hive tools used, and beehive etiquette (do's and don'ts). We will harvest and process honey.

Beekeeping Basics

Class, Date and Cost
Name of enrollee

Wild Willow Farm 5K & Vegetarian Chili Brewfest

Vegetarian Chili Cooks and Runners Wanted!

for our Fourth Annual

WWF 5K & 10K Chili-Brewfest!

Because vegetarians deserve delicious chili too!


Saturday, Sept. 26, 9am
at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

NOW 5K & 10K courses!

a FARM-raiser for
Wild Willow Farm

Register to run now.
earlybird discount through 8/16!

See photos from previous years.

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. 

Community Event: Open House-Potluck

Open House/Potluck

Saturday, September 19

Volunteering, Yoga, Native Plant Tour, 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)

(except classes or purchases; donations are always appreciated)

Check out photos from the May 2014 potluck,

Schedule for the Day

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

4pm: Farm Yoga (donations requested)
with Emily Ruth in the Classroom

4 to 7pm: Farmstand Open
Purchase freshly harvested WWF veggies and eggs. We'll have our super-popular "I like big beets and I cannot lie" WWF t-shirts on sale, courtesy of 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.

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

6:00pm: Live Music by Coral Bells

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.

Remaining 2015 Open House/Potluck (weather permitting)

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.

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

Six-week Course

FALL SESSION October 3 to November 14

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

Cost: $475 + $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.

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 on the campus of the University of San Diego on Wednesday evenings, with field classes and labs at Wild Willow Farm on Saturdays. This course is a prerequisite to becoming a Tier 1 Farming Student.

FALL SESSION October 3 to November 14

Please check back for upcoming Winter and Spring Sessions
which are still being scheduled.

Apply to get on our Farming 101 Waiting/Notification List

Farming 101 Class Schedule

Click here to see course guidelines and syllabus

Mandatory Orientation: First Day of Class

9am at Wild Willow Farm
Topic: Welcome, History of WWF, Farm Tour, Staff & Student Introductions.
Introductory lecture:
In the Spirit of Organics.

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.

Week 6

Wednesday Class: Building Farm Resiliency
Saturday Lab: Conversations and hands-on activities on building resiliency into our farm system and community.
Graduation Potluck!

Apply Now to get on our Farming 101 Waiting/Notification List

Ongoing Farm School Programs

Continue your farming education in our tiered, year-round School for Sustainable Farming program, with classes, hands-on mentoring and skill development. Click here for more information