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Wild Willow Farmshares

Expected Harvest

The chart below outlines some of the vegetables/herbs/products we grow on the farm, and when you may see them in your Share. This chart is based on our best estimate, but weather, pests, and other events may affect actual production.

Month

Core Crops

All year

Beets, carrots, kale, collards, chard, radishes, onions, lettuce, arugula, herbs

January

Turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, peas, celery, lettuce

February

Turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, peas, celery, lettuce

March

Turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, peas, celery, lettuce

April

Turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, peas, celery, lettuce, fava bean

May

Summer squash, beans, cucumbers, basil, fava bean, garlic

June

Summer squash, beans, cucumbers, basil, fava bean, garlic

July

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, melons, pumpkins, fava bean, garlic

August

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, melons, pumpkins

September

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, melons, pumpkins

October

Tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, melons, pumpkins

November

Basil, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatillos, okra, melons, pumpkins

December

Turnips, kohlrabi, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, endive, peas, celery, lettuce

Besides these core crops, we grow many varieties other seasonal crops as well, which will be included in your box when they're available.

Wild Willow Farm Shareholders enjoy a full selection of freshly harvested, healthily grown seasonal produce, while supporting our efforts to grow new farmers and teach everyone how to grow healthy food where they live.


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What is a Wild Willow Farmshare?

Wild Willow Farmshares are our farm's version of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program that makes a direct relationship between our farm and you, the Shareholder. Rather than purchasing food grown by someone you don't know at a grocery store, Shareholders receive a weekly or bi-weekly portion of our farm's harvest, and have a relationship with the people who grow their food. Wild Willow Farm encourages you to come visit your food while it's growing and shake the hands of those growing it.

Two Share plans available

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.

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.

Each week's variety will be determined by what is being produced seasonally on our small farm in south San Diego County. Our temperate coastal climate gives us the ability to grow an abundant variety of crops, and our farmers have a knack of expanding and extending the normal growing season so you will be getting things that other farms cannot provide.


Pickup Locations, Day and Time

Details will be provided after you sign up.

Ocean Beach New drop!
near Liberty Station
Wednesday afternoons/evenings, 4 to 8pm

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Imperial Beach

near Seacoast & Palm 91932 map
Pickups Wednesday 3pm to 7pm
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Golden Hill
near 24th and F Streets 92102 map
Wednesdays, 3pm to 7pm
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University Heights
near Texas and Adams 92116 map
Wednesdays, 4 to 8pm


Farmshare Philosophy

We sell Shares in advance of the growing season, with Farmshares paying many of our upfront costs. Your Shareholder fees provide us with money to purchase seed, supplies, parts, materials and equipment before the season starts. Planting a seed is a commitment to the future, and we appreciate having a community to share this commitment with.

Our Shared Commitments

Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure

We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week. The quantity of produce, however — despite our best efforts — may vary from week-to-week because of extreme weather, insects, or other production factors. By becoming a Shareholder, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other Shareholders. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any products that week.

Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

Our Shareholders are first in line for the bounty of the farm; the more we grow, the more volume and/or variety you will get.

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and onsite. Although production is not segregated, our Shareholders receive priority. After filling our Shareholder boxes with the week's harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets.

Legacy Membership Pricing

We support those who support us, so we provide Legacy Pricing on our Farmshare fees. This means the rate you pay when you subscribe remains with you as long as you keep your membership continuous (with allowances for skipped weeks).

If you've got questions before applying, please email Dorothea at

Farmshare Application


Fill out the form below. Upon successful submission, you will see a summary of your answers. After your application is received, we'll review it andl send you confirmation letting you know how to begin your subscription and when you can begin pickinging up your fresh produce at your delivery location during the allotted times.

Fields in bold are required.

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email

Zip code | Phone

Pickup Location

Share Level
--> Full Shares receive one box every week for 13 weeks.
--> Half Shares receive one box every other week for 13 weeks (7 total).
Boxes are the same size and have the same contents.

Date you would like to start (Wednesdays, at least 3 days from today) mo/day
Half Share deliveries will begin subject to balanced weekly production.

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Terms and Conditions

Farm Shareholder Agreement

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center wishes to provide you with fresh, local, seasonal food — and you, the Shareholder, wish to receive a portion of our harvest. This agreement outlines our shared commitments to that relationship.

1.0 Becoming a Shareholder in Our Farm

Wild Willow Farmshares are our farm's version of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program that makes a direct relationship between our farm and you, the Shareholder. Rather than purchasing food grown by someone you don't know at a grocery store, Shareholders receive a portion of our farm's harvest on a weekly basis, and have a relationship with the people who grow their food. Wild Willow Farm encourages you to come visit your food while it's growing and shake the hands of those growing it.

The Share runs continuously until you unsubscribe, with options for weekly or every-other-week deliveries. Each Share includes a seasonal selection of vegetables and greens—with occasional fruits, cut flowers, and herbs—the equivalent of one or more grocery bags of farm-fresh produce. Contents of your box will vary based on seasons and production cycles, but we aim for consistent volume.

1.2 Our Growing Practices

The farm is not certified organic, but everything is grown using natural, biological farming practices without use of conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge or irradiated products. We build soil fertility by making and using high-quality compost, and use only soil amendments allowed on certified organic farms. All our seed is non-GMO. You are welcome to visit and observe our farming practices. They are an integral part of our farm school curriculum.


2.0 Sharing in the Risk of Crop Failure

We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful Share each week. The quantity of produce, however — despite our best efforts — may vary from week-to-week because of extreme weather, insects, or other production factors. By becoming a Shareholder, you are agreeing to share the risk of crop failure with us and other Shareholders. In the unlikely event of a crop failure, our procedure is as follows:

If only a small portion of crops fail, we compensate for the failed crops by filling your Share with other crops grown on the farm that are ready for harvest at that time. If a large portion of crops fail, we may not be able to deliver any products that week.

2.1 Sharing in the Reward of Crop Surplus

Our Shareholders are first in line for the bounty of the farm; the more we grow, the more volume and/or variety you will get.

In addition to our CSA, our farm sells to farmers markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and onsite. Although production is not segregated, our Shareholders receive priority. After filling our Shareholder boxes with the week's harvest first, the remainder is sold to our other markets.

3.0 Shareholder Fees

Your Shareholder subscription supports farm production, with Farmshares paying many of our upfront costs, such as seed, supplies, quality amendments and equipment. Planting a seed is a commitment to the future. We appreciate your interest in sharing this commitment and invite you to join our community.

Farmshare fees are $25/box, whether a Full Share or Half Share.

3.1 Payment Options

3.1.1 PayPal subscription Your credit card is charged every month a pro-rated portion of 13 deliveries every quarter for a full Share, or 7 deliveries every three months for a Half Share, plus a Service Fee.

3.1.2 Check: There are no service fees for payments made by cash or check. You may send a check for the total amount due to PO Box 640, Imperial Beach California 91933, made payable to Wild Willow Farm, along with this signed agreement form. Details are found on the Farmshare Payments page, which you have access to after completing the Farmshare Application below. Submission of the Application does not constitute an obligation to pay.

3.1.3 Cash: Please do not mail cash. You can pay by cash in person to any authorized staffer at the farm by prior arrangement. Please do not give cash to anyone without first applying to become a shareholder and making prior arrangements for cash payments.

3.1 Out of Town Delivery Suspension.

We can be flexible with your delivery dates, stopping if you give us two days notice that you'll be away (or not needing a box), and starting back up when you return. If payments get too far ahead of delivery, we may refund a portion of your last payment or suspend your automatic payment until your deliveries get caught up with what you've paid for. 

3.2 If you decide to cancel before payments made have been delivered.

You may cancel your subscription or discontinue automatic monthly payments at any time. Log in to your account on PayPal to cancel automatic payments. Because your farmshare subscription is your commitment to the folks growing your food, and because we order seeds and supplies and plan staffing based on the number of subscriptions received, in the event you cancel your subscription before the end of the quarter, no refund will be issued for paid-for but undelivered boxes or processing fees.

4.0 Shareholder responsibilities

Bring your own reusable bag and leave the box at the site.

Be respectful of our drop site hosts' property, time and their need to prioritize their attention toward running their business.

Follow additional rules posted at your drop site regarding signing in, parking, stacking of empty boxes, etc.

This agreement is between you and Wild Willow Farm. The pickup location is not responsible for anything other than making Shares available during the times designated for pickup.

Pick up your Share within the timeframe stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.

Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time are forfeited by the Shareholder and will be donated or sold at the farm/farmers market. There's no "makeup" for missed Shares.

If you cannot pick-up your Share, you may arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute.

We take the safety of your food seriously. We wash all produce before packaging, but for your added protection, wash all produce before eating.

6.0 Communicating with Us

The best way to communicate with us is via email and the best times to reach us are daytimes. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible, but please understand that we spend most of our time in the field growing your food and not at our desk. Please contact us with any news of the following: changes to your contact information, problems with your drop-site, or dissatisfaction with your Share.

We will communicate with you by email. After signing up, you will be sent a response with more specific instructions. Please read your email from us. We depend on being able to communicate important information such as necessary changes to your distribution schedule or to our farm events. Every month or more, we will email an update giving you information about the crops available that month, recipe ideas, or other farm-related news.

7.0 Agreement

By accepting these term by checking the box below, you agree to purchase the Share described in this agreement. You understand that because of the inherent risks associated with farming, the farm may need to change parts of this agreement related to production and distribution from time to time. You acknowledge that the farm will contact me via email in advance of any changes to this agreement

REQUIRED ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS: By clicking this box, You agree that all information entered is accurate and you have read and accept the terms of the Farm Shareholder Agreement.


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Farmshare FAQs

What is a Wild Willow Farmshare?

Wild Willow Farmshares are our farm's version of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), a program that makes a direct relationship between our farm and you, the Shareholder. Rather than purchasing food grown by someone you don't know at a grocery store, Shareholders receive a portion of our farm's harvest on a weekly basis, and have a relationship with the people who grow their food. Wild Willow Farm encourages you to come visit your food while it's growing and shake the hands of those growing it.

Our Growing Practices

The farm is not certified organic, but everything is grown using natural, biological farming practices without use of conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge or irradiated products. We build soil fertility by making and using high-quality compost, and use only soil amendments allowed on certified organic farms. All our seed is non-GMO. You are welcome to visit and observe our farming practices. They are an integral part of our farm school curriculum.

Shareholder responsibilities

Bring your own reusable bag and leave the box at the site.

Be respectful of our drop site hosts' property, time and their need to prioritize their attention toward running their business.

Follow additional rules posted at your drop site regarding signing in, parking, stacking of empty boxes, etc.

This agreement is between you and Wild Willow Farm. The pickup location is not responsible for anything other than making Shares available during the times designated for pickup.

Pick up your Share within the timeframe stated. Although we deliver high-quality produce to the site, it will decline quickly if not picked up in time.

Shares that are not retrieved within the pick-up time are forfeited by the Shareholder and will be donated or sold at the farm/farmers market. There's no "makeup" for missed Shares.

If you cannot pick-up your Share, you may arrange for someone else to pick it up for you. You are responsible for explaining the pick-up location and procedures to your substitute.

If you wish to change your drop site, you must let us know at least one week in advance, but changes are subject to limitations, such as capacity restrictions.

We take the safety of your food seriously. We wash all produce before packaging, but for your added protection, wash all produce before eating.

How does the Farmshare benefit the Shareholder?

Provides farm-fresh produce;

Because it is picked fresh, this provides produce with higher nutritional content and enhanced flavor;

You get an expanded knowledge of unique varieties;

You know that you do what you can to support your local farmers;

You establish a personal connection to the land and the farmer;

You know the source of your food.

How does the Farmshare benefit the farm?

Provides a secure market, letting us know how much food to grow;

Saves our farmers valuable head-scratching time so they can spend more time growing food;

Reduces our energy costs;

Reduces costs of seeds, fertilizers, irrigation supplies, etc.

How does a Farmshare benefit the environment?

Food is shipped locally or picked up at the farm, saving fuel;

Reduces extensive refrigeration storage;

Shipping is done within 24 hours of harvest;

Conserves water, soil amendments, seeds, labor;

No chemicals are added to the soil, plants, atmosphere, watershed or food;

No ground water pollution; No chemical fertilizers. No herbicides; No pesticides. Ever.