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News, Workshops and Upcoming Events

WILD WILLOW FARM SIGNS 5-YEAR LEASE!

FAMILY FARM DAY: Saturday, November 29 10am to 2pm Activities for the entire family
SPECIAL EVENT: Schools for Chiapas Workshop Saturday, November 29, 1 to 4pm
FARM SCHOOL Basics of Sustainable Farming Winter Intensive begins January 12
FARMSHARE CSA Now enrolling members
VOLUNTEERING: Every Saturday 11am to 4pm
OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK: Our signature community events will resume in March 2015

San Diego Garden-to-Table Almanac 2015

The 2015 San Diego
Garden-to-Table Almanac

NOW ON SALE

What you need to know to grow food organically in San Diego

Written and produced by San Diego Gardeners for San Diego Gardeners

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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).

Breaking News: Wild Willow Farm Gets New Lease on Life!

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.

COMMUNITY EVENT: Family Farm Day

Family Farm Day
Saturday after Thanksgiving

November 29, 10am to 2pm

Fun activities for the entire family

If you need an excuse to avoid the mall and instead have some down-to-earth fun with the whole family, then come to Wild Willow Farm on Saturday, November 29 from 10am to 2pm.

Workshops for Adults (donations requested)

10am: Cheesemaking
11am: Soapmaking
1-5pm: Schools for Chiapas Workshop

Family Fun for Everyone!

Farm Stand Open Purchase your 2015 Kitchen Garden Almanac
11am-1pm: Farm Animal Meet and Greet with Photo Booth (donation requested)
12-1pm: Farm Fresh Lunch (donation requested)
1-2pm: Farm and Nature Tours

Children and youth activities

10am; 10:30am; 11am; 11:30am
Nature Scavenger Hunt/Art Mandala
Planting activity/Seed Balls
Herbal wreaths/bouquets
Story time and movement

noon-1pm: Make recycled art with Green Art Labs
1-2pm: Obstacle Course

Opportunity Drawing

Purchase tickets for a chance to win great prizes in our farm holiday gift drawing.
Prizes include mobile chicken coop, home composter, and canning kit and more.

Plus farm volunteering and more!

No reservations required. Children under 14 must be under the direct supervision of their parent or adult guardians. Older children must have a parent/guardian sign them in and provide contact information.

Schools for Chiapas Sale & Workshop

Schools for Chiapas
Holiday Sale and Zapatista Education Event

Saturday, November 29, 1pm to 5pm

Craft sales will support women's empowerment
and education in Chiapas, Mexico

In The Barn @ Wild Willow Farm

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

The Mayan communities in Chiapas, Mexico have created one of the most highly developed, organic and sustainable agricultural systems on the planet. This second joint event at Wild Willow will highlight the practical efforts and long-term dreams of the autonomous Mayan communities of Chiapas, Mexico. On sale will be crafts, agricultural products, weavings, art and much more brought to you directly from these unique indigenous communities.

This is a chance for local communities on the US/Mexico border to get in touch with people who live a millennium long, organic agricultural system caled the milpa. In addition, we will introduce a variety of contemporary experiments going on in Chiapas especially the massive resistance to GMO contaminations.

Some of what will be covered:

1 to 4pm: Mayan women's empowerment and artisan sales

Weaving and other artisan work is culturally and practically integral to today's people of corn. Sharing these gifts supports education in literacy, health, women's production, and ecological agriculture. Someone you know would love a Zapatista gift!

2:30 and 3:30pm: The ancient milpa and contemporary resistance to GMO contaminations

The Mayan people, also known as the people of corn, invented corn and an agricultural system to go with it. Now they are leading the international struggle to stop GMO contaminations in the birthplace of corn.

2pm and 3pm: Nixtimalizado, tortilla, and tamale making

The ancient Mayans naturally bred corn and found a way to unlock it's nutritional value. This will be a practical demonstration of the magic that comes from cooking corn with lime.

1 to 4pm: Seed sharing

Zapatita corn farmers are sharing their seed with people-of-conscience around the globe seeking sanctuary for their genetic heritage.

Short Films

2pm & 3pm: Who are the Zapatistas 8-minute video & discussion
2:20 pm & 3:20pm: Women in the Zapatista Movement 8-minute video & discussion
2:40pm & 3:40p: Zapatista Education 8-minute video & discussion

Farm School Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming

LEARN FARMING at our next Farming 101 session:
Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming

Winter 6-week Intensive

Farming Classes for the Climatically Challenged

January 12 through February 20, 2015

including optional trip to the EcoFarm Conference (separate registration required)

Applications now being accepted.
Enrollment begins 11/3/14

Wild Willow Farm's Sustainable Farming 101 course offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

San Diego's moderate climate and year-round growing season affords us opportunities to teach basic small-scale sustainable farming skills to those who live in colder climates. Wild Willow Farm is less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and 2/3-mile north of the Mexican border. Our moderate climate gives us the ability to operate our farm school year-round.

The course consists of lectures, field labs and farm practicum work where students learn what it takes to work a small organic farm. Students take part in classroom lectures and projects, and work alongside farm staff to practice material covered in class.

The Winter Intensive will involve four days per week of learning at the farm, with a break in the middle so farm staff and students can attend the 2015 EcoFarm Conference near Monterey. Students are encouraged to attend and to carpool with us, but they must register for the conference on their own. Students who do not wish to attend can use this time to explore the many wonders of the San Diego area, home to more small farms than any county in the US. We are working on setting up housing options for out-of-town students (additional fees will apply).

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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: every week for 12 weeks = $240
Half Share: 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.

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) 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.