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Upcoming Events & Classes

Mothering the Mother May 20

Wild Weed Identification Class Series starts June 23

Goat Cheese and Herbs June 24

Farming 101: Intro to Regenerative Farming July 14 to Aug 25
classes offered as Package or a la carte

Wild Weed Identification Series

Weed Class #1
Intro to Botany & Foraging

Saturday June 23 1pm to 4pm

Weed Class #1

Intro to Botany & Foraging

Saturday June 23 1pm to 4pm

Class Description

This first of four 3-hour classes introduces students to the basics of botany and provides key resources for learning to identify wild plants. In this class, we will begin identifying plants and get to know the many wild weeds of Wild Willow Farm. We will construct personalized nature journals and press plants for future reference. This class is a thorough preparation for more hands-on culinary activities with wild plants in following class sessions.

Discounts for full series and for WWF alumni

Click Class #1 button on right to enroll in Class 1 or the full series.


Tour of Wild Willow's weeds and learn foraging ethics
Safety & identifying suitable foraging habitats
Ecology of native and invasive plants
Basic anatomy & physiology
Make field notebooks & plant presses
How to identify at least 3 different plant families using key features

About the Course

This is a 4-class series introduction to the wild plants that are found in San Diego County. The focus will be centered around ethnobotany of plants, identification, harvesting, consumption of, and learning key characteristics and traits. It is not mandatory to take all 4 classes, but it is highly recommended to take at least the first class.

Weed Class #2 Plant Taxonomy, Properties & Cooking
Saturday July 14 1pm to 4pm

Weed Class #3 Wild Herbal Medicines
Saturday July 28 1pm to 4pm

Class #4 Poisonous Plants
Sunday August 12 1pm to 4pm

Mothering the Mother

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Mothering the Mother

Sunday, May 20, 11am to 3pm

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

Come support yourself, your caregivers, each other and the land through a day of self-care at Wild Willow Farm. We'll enjoy a rustic herbal spa, hair cuts, reiki, yoga, meditations, and more! Detailed schedule provided 2-weeks before the event.

Cost: $10 to $50

Admission charge of $10 includes entrance to the farm, make your own smudge stick, and access to our amazing healing stations throughout the grounds. All healing stations accept token payments and charge per healing session. You may pre-pay for your tokens online to pick-up at the farm or purchase day-of. Avoid ticket fees by purchasing day-of with cash or check. All general admission pre-purchases do not charge fees. Please pre-register so we can best prepare the farm.


Please dress for outside and being comfortable at the farm. Recommended: bring your own towel, water bottle, and hat. Consider bringing local, un-cut fruit to share.


(Tentative. Final schedule will be posted ahead of time)

Fire Ceremony (included with admission)
11am: Opening Tea Ceremony
11:30am to 3pm: Smudge Stick Making

Yoga: $10-$20 Suggested Exchange
11:30am-12:30pm: Yoga with Maria Cannistra
12:45-1:45: Yoga with Kimberely Ann Stanley
2pm-3pm: Yoga with Jess Jim and Andrew

Meditation: $10 Suggested Exchange
11:45am-12:05pm: Talking To Plants: Plant Medicine Meditation for Abundance and Prosperity. Bring a journal. with Shawna Schenk
12:15pm - 12:35pm: Talking to Plants: Plant Medicine Meditation for Releasing Deep-Seeded Blockages. with Shawna Schenk

Classes: $10-$30 Suggested Exchange
Time TBD: Healing with Nature: An Introduction to Ayurveda with Areli Mariposa
Herbal Flower Crowns

Rustic Spa: $15-$30 Suggested Exchange
$15 for 15 minute session (includes scalp massage, facial mask and foot soaks)
$30 for 30 minute Ceremonial Haircut

Children's Garden (included with admission)
Positive Affirmations Rock Painting
Flower Mandala
Friendship Bracelets

Massage: $1 per minutes with Beatriz Carrillo
Essential Oils for purchase: through
Farm and Nature Walks

Yoga With Shawna's Reiki Clinic ($1 a minute or $10 for 15 minutes)
11am-3pm, come any time: no appointment needed

Traditional Reiki
Chakra Balancing
Cord Cutting
Oracle Cards
Sound Healing
Plant Medicine
Past Life Regressions
Learn all about your AURA and your energy body.
Leave feeling balanced, calm, relaxed, and restored.

About the Reiki Clinic: All energy sessions are provided by graduates or Reiki Master students of Yoga With Shawna's Reiki Training. Shawna, the founder of Yoga With Shawna, ReikiCertifications.com and San Diego Yoga Festival, has given Reiki thousands of times and certified hundreds of students in San Diego and throughout the world. She is known for teaching the many parts of energy medicine and guiding her students to use sound, color therapy, oracle cards, plant medicine, crystals and many other energy tools to support the medicine of Reiki being given. The Reiki Healers featured in the clinic are some of Shawna's most powerful healers. Become a Reiki Healer and study with Shawna. Learn more.

Goats and Herbs Class

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Goat Cheese and Herbs Class

Sunday, June 24, 12:30pm to 3pm

Join us as Cathryn Henning and Damiana Calvario incorporate herbs into one of our favorite foods, cheese, as you learn the simplicity of bringing herbal medicine into our everyday eating! We'll enjoy an immersive experience at the farm by making chevre, harvesting herbs, and thanking the goats. There will be an opportunity after the class to purchase herbs and veggies with our instructors.

Cat will introduce you to the Wild Willow Farm goats will take you step by step on how to make a beginner farmer soft cheese. Discover the various ways of flavoring your cheese from using fresh herbs, honey, figs, lavender, and more.

Experience includes

How to make goat cheese
Herb walk while learning about medicinal and culinary usage
Sampling of cheese
Visit the goats
Herb harvest at an additional cost

This is a popular class and space is limited. Reserve your spot now!

Disclaimer: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. Once we are sold out, we can't guarantee a place in the class. Walk-up purchases the day of class will incur an additional $5 charge, so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space or class materials are not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.

For any questions, please email tanya@wildwillowfarm.org

Farming 101

Farming 101
Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming

Seven-week Course, two days/week
Field Labs, Saturdays 9am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm
6 Lectures, Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm in central San Diego

Wild Willow Farm's Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative 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.

Summer Session

July 14 through August 25

Six-Topic Package or Topics a la carte

Complete Six-Topic Package
($700 + early enrollment discount).

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NEW! Summer Classes a la carte*

Weekly two-part Lectures/Labs a la carte ($125/week).

Every week focuses on a different foundational food-growing topic. You can select the specific week you wish to attend according to the topic in which you want to expand your knowledge. Any experience level is welcome. Our education is based on sustainable regenerative farming using natural cultivation methods with minimal waste/water consumption and advocate against the use of environmentally harmful chemicals.

Each topic includes a two-hour lecture on Wednesday evenings in the evening in South Park followed by a hands-on lab work on the farm from 9AM-4PM. Attendance at the Wednesday class is required for participation in the Saturday Lab.

July 14 @ 9am Orientation/Course Introduction

(FREE, and highly advised)

Topic #1 "It Starts with the Soil"

Wed. July 18, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. July 21, 9am to 4pm Lab
Making & using compost, mulching, sheet composting, cover cropping

Topic #2 "Growing Fertile Soil"

Wed. July 25, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. July 28 9am to 4pm Lab
Proper use and care of farm tools; evaluating soil texture and moisture; bed preparation; mechanical and manual tillage; compost tea and extract.

Topic #3 "Propagation & Planting Techniques"

Wed. Aug. 1, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 4, 9am to 4pm Lab
Direct sowing and transplanting; starting seeds; planting practice.

Topic #4 "Irrigation"

Wed. Aug. 8, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 11, 9am to 4pm Lab
How water moves through the soil and efficient irrigation practices

Topic #5 "Integrated Pest Management (IPM)"

Wed. Aug. 15, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 18, 9am to 4pm Lab
Identifying pests, pathogens, and beneficial plants and insects

Topic #6 "Building Resiliency into Your Farm"

Wed. Aug. 22, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 25, 9am to 4pm Lab
Exploring permaculture practices and observing the farm with a holistic eye, plus a visit to our beehives. End of course pizza party!

VGSD: Gardening 101

Home Vegetable Gardening
3-part Course

Saturdays, May 12, 19, 26
9am to 1pm

in Harbison Canyon/Alpine
(address provided upon enrollment)

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Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. Walk-up purchases the day of class will be an additional $5 so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space is not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.