Events and Happenings at Wild Willow Farm
VOLUNTEERING: Give 5 Black Friday Challenge
Friday, Nov. 27, 10am to 3pm
FARMSHARE CSA: Now enrolling members
VOLUNTEERING: Saturdays 10am to 3pm
No farm volunteering on 11/14
NEXT SCHEDULED OPEN HOUSE/POTLUCK
Saturday, March 19, 2016
We are on hiatus for the cool season.
Give 5 Challenge on Black Friday!
Friday, November 27, from 10:00-3:00
Our farm's gates are open for you and yours. Please join us and event co-host Shakti Rising. Let's add color and community to the meaning of Black Friday.
The challenge is simple. Come to the farm to volunteer for up to 5 hours or give $5 in support of our sustainable farming education programs.
In hosting this Give 5 Challenge, we intend to provide you a day of peace, spent outside connected with your food and your community. Escape the stresses of shopping to be on the farm having fun!
Schedule for the day:
10:00 to 3:00: Volunteer with your friends and family or donate $5 in support of our sustainable farming education programs.
10:00 to 2:45: Experience the power of aromatherapy with Shakti Rising. Shakti Rising's talented educators will be in Wild Willow Farm's field classroom all day, ready to welcome you for a visit or a volunteering break to explore how scents enhance well-being.
Noon to 12:30: Volunteering Break in the Barn. Pack a picnic of your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers to enjoy with other volunteers and community members.
12:45 to 1:30: Give 5 Farm Tour with Cathryn, Wild Willow Farm's Goat Herder and Education Coordinator. See the farm with a farmer for $5 (adult price). The tour is free for children (age 17 and under) during our Give 5 Black Friday Challenge!
1:30-2:00: Gratitude Tea Time hosted by Shakti Rising in Wild Willow Farm's field classroom. Sip and experience guided thankfulness with Shakti Rising.
3:00-4:00: Yin Yoga. Practice led by Cathryn Henning, Yoga Alliance-certified Yin-Reiki Instructor. Yin Yoga is a gentle, restorative form of yoga that focuses on connecting with the yin area of the body (navel to knees). There are fewer asanas, or postures, and these are typically held for long periods.
All Day: Say hello to the farm's goats.
All Day: Stretch your legs on a walk around the farm or along the surrounding trails.
The peace of the farm is yours on Black Friday!
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.
$25/week, deliveries every week
$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.
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
Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm
New Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 3pm (wet weather cancels)
IMPORTANT DATES: Farm volunteering is CANCELLED on these dates:
November 14, and December 26.
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 groups smaller than ten that need no additional facilitation and can be split up into tasks. Anything other than this 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 the gloves, tools and tasks; just come prepared for sunshine and dirt (sun hat, appropriate clothing, sturdy closed-toe shoes). Please bring a lunch.
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.