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Giving small makes a big difference to our farm.

Just $10 changes the way a whole project is manifested by our volunteers, students, and farmers.

So, how does $10 help our farm grow food, farmers, and community?

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Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

AGRICULTURE
EDUCATION
COMMUNITY

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a six-acre working farm located in the southwest corner of the United States, less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and two-thirds mile north of the Mexican Border. The farm is nestled along the banks of the scenic Tijuana River, and borders the river's stunningly beautiful estuary nature preserve. We're a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego, with easy and quick access from most of urban south San Diego County.

School for Sustainable Farming

Volunteering

School Field Trips

Group Tours, Services & Bookings

News and Events

Upcoming Workshops

Location/Map

Having opened our fields on the Summer Solstice of 2010, Wild Willow Farm is now in its fourth year of developing a farm and growing food while educating local citizenry about sustainable farming, permaculture and how to live sustainably in our region. The farm continues to evolve rapidly both on and off the ground.

Click here to sign up for our newsletter and stay informed about future classes, events and potlucks.

Farm School Introduction to Regenerative Farming

Introduction to Regenerative Farming
with emphasis on growing cool-season crops

January 4 through January 20, 2017

Click here for details

Timed to fit between New Year's Day and the EcoFarm Conference.

Two-week farm-school intensive includes all sections of our popular
Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Farming
and Farming 102: Growing Seasonal Crops courses.

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
San Diego, California 92154.
One-mile north of the Mexican border, three miles from the Pacific Ocean.
map

Cost: $1400 (does not include lodging)
Optional Lodging Package: $500 at nearby Camp Surf.

Click here for details.

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,
Mission Hills and Talmadge

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
Hours: Saturdays, 10am to 3pm (wet weather cancels)

No Saturday open volunteering on these dates:
Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving Weekend)
Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve)

No experience necessary.
No reservations required
(except as noted below).
Volunteer for all or a portion of the hours listed.


Special Volunteer Day
Opt Outside Friday

Friday, November 25, 10am to 3pm

Opt Outside this Black Friday, and put the outdoors at the center of your life!

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is joining the movement! Spend your holiday giving back to our farming community. Bring the whole family for a day on the farm.

* YOGA with Abby Leilani at 9am!
* Volunteer with us from 10am-3pm!
* Wreath-making with Cathryn Henning in the afternoon!
* Farm Tour at 3pm!
* Tumbleweed bonfire at 4pm!
* Learn about our special programs and Farm School!
* Special kids activities in the Children's Garden!
* Visit our goats and chickens!
* Purchase seasonal crops and farm-fresh eggs!
* DONATE to our Giving Tuesday campaign! #GivingTuesday

How will you support the growing regenerative agriculture movement?
#GreenFriday | #FarmFriday | #FarmFunFriday


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 that wants to work together and requires special facilitation 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. 

 

Community Event: Open House-Potluck

Next Open House/Potluck May 20, 2017

Volunteering, Yoga, Farm Tour, TJ River Valley Tour, Potluck, Live Music, Wood-fired Pizza, Bonfire and much more.

at Wild Willow Farm

click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)


About our Potlucks

Farming is all about food, and food is best when shared with community, so what better way to say that than by hosting a monthly community gathering? On third Saturdays each month from May through October, we open the doors for volunteering, yoga, farm tour, potluck and bonfire drumming. At our potlucks Wild Willow gives thanks to our amazing community of students, volunteers, educators, fans and eaters of every stripe. Familiar faces and new smiles are always welcome to these joyous gatherings that include educational workshops, volunteer activities, farm tour, potluck dinner, and drum circle around our cob firepit. See photos from our May 2014 potluck taken by Gregory Berg.


Tentative Timeline for the Day

10am to 3pm: Public Volunteering on the farm.

4pm: Farm Yoga in the Classroom (donations requested)

4 to 7pm: Farmstand Open
Purchase freshly harvested WWF veggies and eggs.

5pm: Farm Tour
Led by Wild Willow staff and students. See what we do, and learn why and how we do it. Know your farmer, know your farm, know your food.

5pm: Native Plant & Wildlife Tour
Discover the wonders of our Tijuana River Valley home with an interpretive Native Nature Walk with Marz.

6pm: Live music and danceable vibes! featuring local musicians

6pm: POTLUCK with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
Please bring something yummy to share!

Dusk: Fireside Community and Drum Jam BRING DRUMS

About our potlucks:

Potluck Dates for 2017: May 20, June 16, July 21, August 18, September 15, October 20

If you or your company would like to join this list and support our efforts to educate everyone about the food system and train the next generation of farmers for San Diego County, please click here.