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Farming 102: Vegetable Plant Families

Enroll in Farming 102

Vegetable Plant Families

Farming 102 Cool Season Crops

Class 1: Daisy (Beets), Sweet Potato, Okra
Saturday, February 24

(beet, chard, spinach, amaranth, quinoa, sweet potato)

Class 2: Onion & Parsley FamiliesSaturday, March 3

(onion, garlic, chives, leek, carrot, parsley, celery, parsnip)

Class 3: Brassica Family,
Saturday, March 10

(Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Radish, Collards, Cauliflower, Arugula, Brussel Sprouts +)


Farming 102 Warm Season Crops

Class 4: Squash Family (Curcurbit)
Sat., September 8, 10am to 4pm

(squash, melon, cucumber, luffa, gourd)

Class 5: Tomato (Solinacea) and Bean (Fabaceae) Families
Sat., September 15
10am to 4pm

(tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, goji, eggplant; beans, peas, mesquite)

Class 6: Grass (Poaceae) and Mint (Lamiaceae) Families
Sat., September 25 10am to 4pm

(corn, wheat, oats, barley; peppermint, basil)

Farming 102: Vegetable Plant Families

taught by Paul Maschka

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

One of the most fascinating and fun courses we've developed. Together we'll unravel the mystery and natural history of the plants that sustain us.

$65/class General Public.
3-class package: $160 (use Beet class button)
$50/class for WWF Farm School Students/Alumni or
Farmer's Guild Members
Walk-up Registration: $75 (subject to availability)

Cool Season Crop Families

Class 1: Daisy (Beets), Sweet Potato, Okra
Saturday, February 24, 10am to 4pm

(beet, chard, spinach, amaranth, quinoa, sweet potato)

Class 2: Onion & Parsley Families
Saturday, March 3
, 10am to 4pm

(onion, garlic, chives, leek, carrot, parsley, celery, parsnip)

Class 3: Brassica Family
Saturday, March 10, 10am to 4pm

(Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Radish, Collards, Cauliflower, Arugula, Brussel Sprouts +)

Warm Season Crop Families

Class 4: Squash Family (Curcurbit)
Saturday, September 8, 10am to 4pm

(squash, melon, cucumber, luffa, gourd)

Class 5: Tomato (Solinacea) and Bean (Fabaceae) Families
Saturday, September 15
, 10am to 4pm

(tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, goji, eggplant; beans, peas, mesquite)

Class 6: Grass (Poaceae) and Mint (Lamiaceae) Families
Saturday, September 25, 10am to 4pm

(corn, wheat, oats, barley; peppermint, basil)


Farming 102 dives deeply into the plant families we call food. The more you know about the plants, the better you will be at growing them.

In organic gardening and farming, plant knowledge proves to be an invaluable tool that allows us to quickly assess a number of key considerations necessary for growing food successfully. Over the course of six weeks you'll learn the fundamental conditions that help common vegetables thrive. Join us as we explore the history, cultural heritage, cultivation, preparation and use of common seasonal crop families.

Wild Willow Farm will serve as our living laboratory where we'll learn how to plant, care for, tend, harvest, prepare and sample representatives from each family. These courses are for anyone who grows food or who wants to learn more about what you're eating, and are offered seasonally.

Offered in the winter and summer, returning students are welcome to participate in field labs of subsequent courses to experience crop families in both of San Diego's growing seasons.