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San Diego Garden-to-Table Almanac 2015
NOW ON SALE
Daily guide to growing food organically in San Diego
Written and produced by San Diego Gardeners for San Diego Gardeners
The perfect gift for anyone who gardens!
The Garden-to-Table Almanac is sold exclusively at local businesses, because we believe strengthening the local economy helps us all. When we all do better, we all do better.
Unlike all other almanacs out there that tell us how to grow food where it snows, The San Diego Garden-to-Table Almanac 2015 is chock-full of organic gardening tips just for the San Diego and Southern California urban gardener.
Assembled by the garden-savvy SD Roots, Wild Willow Farmers and the Victory Gardens San Diego teams, you'll find useful information for every season -- which in San Diego means just two: warm season and cool season (with a smidgen in between).
New 5-year lease with County of San Diego ensures continuing our work educating and teaching about sustainable agriculture.
After a year of uncertainty, we are pleased to announce we've successfully completed negotiation with the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation and just signed a five-year lease agreement, allowing us to continue our educational programs in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. Since we started Wild Willow Farm & Education Center in June 2010, we've been graciously operating under a sublease agreement from Suzie's Farm, our next-door neighbors and one of our region's premier organic farms.
This is a milestone for our organization. We began almost 14 years ago to try to save one small organic farm from being shut down because of urban sprawl. Though unsuccessful, we did not quit and undertook the greater challenge of educating our fellow citizens about the importance of local small farms to our economy, our physical and environmental health, and the nature of our back country. Now, for the first time in our history, we have a piece of property with our name on it. This gives us opportunity to make longer-range plans and develop more durable and engaging programming.
Thank You: Robin Taylor and Lucilla DeAlejandro of Suzie's Farm for their support as we grew Wild Willow Farm into what it is today, and to you, our fans, supporters, staff and community members who have been with us as we've changed the food conversation in our County.
Farming 101: Introduction to Farming
Five weeks: January 31 to March 7
CLASSES at University of San Diego (Linda Vista), Wednesday, 7:00pm-9:00pm
FIELD LABS at Wild Willow Farm, Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm
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.
The course consists of lectures and field labs where students learn what it takes to begin and operate a small organic farm business. This course is a prerequisite to becoming a Tier 1 Farming Student.
Saturday, January 31 9am-noon (includes farm lunch)
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).
Wednesday Class: It Starts with the Soil
Saturday Lab: Making & using compost, mulching, sheet composting, cover cropping.
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.
Wednesday Class: Seasonal Planting Techniques
Saturday Lab: Direct Sowing and Transplanting; Starting seeds; Planting practice.
Wednesday Class: How Water Moves through the Soil
Saturday Lab: Irrigation practice and watering your farm under the southern sun.
Wednesday Class: Pests, Pathogens & Attracting Beneficial Insects
Saturday Lab: Identifying pests, pathogens and beneficials, harvesting practice, cooking and Potluck!
Continue your farming education by enrolling as a Tier 1 Farm Student.
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
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.
every week for 12 weeks = $240
every other week for 12 weeks = $120
Both Full and Half Shares are $20/each/week, and are the same size. You may join any time shares are available.
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
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) and please bring a lunch. We have plenty of drinking water, but having your own water bottle makes it easier for you.
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 that 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 work 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.