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Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm

FARMSHARE CSA: Now enrolling members

NORTH PARK FARMERS MARKET: Thursdays, 3pm to 7pm

feed your family produce right from the farm!

VOLUNTEERING: Saturdays 10am to 3pm

 

UPCOMING FARM SCHOOL COURSES
Farming 102: Vegetable Plant Families 6-week course begins June 4
Farming 101: Introduction to Small Scale Farming 6-week session begins July 23

 

POTLUCK: Saturday, May 21
Join the Potluck Sidekick Team!


Sundown Brew Run
5K | BREW | CHILI | MUSIC | FUN

Saturday, June 11, 5pm

Sixth Birthday fundraising event for
AGRICULTURE • EDUCATION • COMMUNITY
@ Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

• 5K Trail Run • 1K Trail Walk
• Homebrew Competition • Chili
• Farm Tours • Live Bluegrass
• Sundown Bonfire
Click here for information & registration

Potluck

First Potluck: Saturday, May 21

Potluck Sidekick Team Forming

We seek our community's help in making our potlucks sing.

We love our iconic monthly community open house and potlucks! These have become important means for our community to connect and celebrate the culture of local food. We could use your help in making them happen.

If you've got a couple hours to give on a Saturday night helping create a memorable event, we've made it easy to join the team. Just click here and sign up for a shift! It's a great way to volunteer while having loads of fun and meeting fascinating people. A few people giving a few hours each will make these easier, safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

If you'd like to join the team, sign up here!

Farm School

Farming 102: Vegetable Plant Families

Six-week Course
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm

Summer Session begins June 4
ends July 9

Click for details and to enroll.

 

Farming 101: Introduction to Small-Scale Farming

Six-week Course

Summer Session begins July 23
ends September 3

Click for details and to enroll.

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,
University Heights, Golden Hill

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, Chula Vista, University Heights, Golden Hill
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

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.

Information about Community Service Volunteering
Information about Volunteering with Children

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

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.

VOLUNTEERING with CHILDREN

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.