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Upcoming Events & Classes

VGSD Home Gardening 101 October 21 to November 4 Lemon Grove

Community Farm Day & Mixer! Saturday, October 21

Farm-to-Bottle DIY Kombuch Workshop October 28

Chicken Care 101 November 4

Yoga, Reiki Tea, & Fire Ceremony November 11

Soil Shindig Saturday, November 18

Farming 101: Intro to Regenerative Farming Winter 2018: Jan 6 to Feb 17

Victory Gardens San Diego

Victory Gardens San Diego

Gardening 101
Home Vegetable Gardening

3-part class, one day/week for 3 weeks (4 hours)

Lemon Grove

Address provided after enrollment

Three Saturdays, 9am to 1pm
October 21, 28, November 4

$85 | for more information and to enroll

Eventbrite - VGSD Gardening 101: Home Vegetable Gardening

Victory Gardens is an outreach program of
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, teaching
how to grow food in homes and other urban locations.

If you can't come to the farm, we'll come to you!

VGSD's signature program is a three-part class offering hands-on instruction that teaches fundamental concepts for growing food where you live. The classes are given throughout the year at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
Irrigation
Composting
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class size is limited to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

Community Farm Day & Mixer

Community Farm Day & Mixer!

Celebrating and Supporting Wild Willow Farm

Volunteering, Classes, Yoga, Tours, Wood-fired Pizza, Live Music and Dancing

Saturday, October 21


Suggested Donation: $10 (with work-trade and upgrade options)

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

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

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 classes, volunteering, yoga, tours, food and more. Not only are we raising funds that keep our operation's gates open, on these days, 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, and more. See photos from our May 2014 potluck taken by Gregory Berg.


Farm Rules

We welcome everyone, but please leave your pets at home.
Single-use water bottles are banned; we have drinking water for your refillable bottle.
Please Bring Reusables/Refillables (as necessary): plates, bowls, utensils, bags and water bottles.
Zero Waste Event: Please plan to pack out what you bring in.
Be kind, be conscious, be here. Breathe.

We thank you for your support.


Tentative Timeline
(subject to change)

10am to 2pm: Public Volunteering
(work-trade option for admission)

4pm: Yoga in the Classroom
($5 donation graciously accepted)

4pm to 8pm: Mixer
($10 donation graciously accepted)

5pm: Farm Tour
It looks like we're growing food, but what we're really doing is changing the world. See what we do, and learn why and how we do it. Led by Wild Willow staff and students. Know your farmer, know your farm, know your food.

4pm to 7pm: Woodfired Pizza with farm fresh veggies on organic sourdough crust. Work-trade option: bring a HOMEMADE DISH using LOCALLY SOURCED ingredients, enough to share with friends. Store-bought food does not qualify.

Kombucha Workshop

Farm-to-Bottle DIY
Kombuch Workshop

Saturday, October 28, 1pm to 4pm

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

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

$50 | click for more info and to RSVP

Are you still paying $4 or more for a pint of kombucha?! Learn to make it for pennies a pint at home!

This class, presented by The Fermenters Club, will cover how to make it safely at home, including secondary flavoring. Sample various seasonal kombucha flavors! We will use herbs picked fresh from the farm!

We will make a bottle that you will carbonate and can try within days, and you will get to take home a kit with everything you need to start making kombucha for yourself.

Here is what is included in the class:

Instruction on fermented foods and kombucha; how to brew kombucha at home safely
A walk in the Wild Willow herb garden to pick fresh herbs to flavor our kombucha
A flight of Kombucha tasters
a kombucha culture to take home (SCOBY)
A 16oz bottle of kombucha that you will flavor in class with seasonal fruits and herbs

Chicken Care 101

Chicken Care 101

Saturday, November 4, 1pm to 3pm

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

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

$20 | for more info and to RSVP

Eventbrite - Chicken Care 101

What came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, we might not be able to answer this question but you will learn enough to keep egg-laying chickens in your own backyard! 

We will cover:

rules and regulations on keeping chickens

building coops and how to keep predators out

chicken society and roosters

Basic health, feed, and care of your chicks and chickens (including common flu/diseases)

chicken breeds (that suit your needs), livestock conservatory, and buying guidelines

Proper egg storage and what to do with your surplus

Some less common breeds will be brought in and wing clipping will be demonstrated!

A tour of the Wild Willow Farm chickens and their role in sustainability will also be included. 

 

Instructors:

After Stephanie and Mitch got married, they became interested in farming and sustainability. They started a small family farm in Ramona (Credo Farm) and teach classes on animal rearing, processing, and more. Driven by their passion, they very much love community outreach and educating others about sustainability. They are involved with local 4H and their children raise and show chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Stephanie and Mitch live with the intention to raise as much of their own food as possible. They are proud of the environment they provide for their animals that fosters their natural behaviors and enables them to live a happy life. Mitch is a process engineer and has an engineering degree from UCR. He is a search and rescue volunteer for San Diego County and therefore spends a lot of time outdoors. Stephanie has a Masters degree in education and was formerly a Special Education teacher. She now stays at home homeschooling their four children and manages the family farm.

Yoga, Reiki Tea, & Fire Ceremony

Yoga, Reiki Tea, & Fire Ceremony

Saturday, November 11, 4pm to 6pm

at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

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

$15 | for more info and to RSVP

Eventbrite - Yoga, Reiki Tea, & Fire Ceremony

Join us for an outdoors yin inspired yoga class on the farm followed by a Reiki infused tea ceremony by the fire.

Bring your warm yoga clothes, blankets, mats and favorite mug as we gather together to flow in unity. Afterwards, let go of doubts and fears as they turn to ash in the sacred communal fire.

Intentions:
As the winter nears, trees prepare for dormancy by shedding all their leaves as they let go of the past and create space for Spring's new growth and the opportunities to come. Winter is the time to slow down, reflect, and create intentions for the new year. Yin yoga represents the cooling as it fosters the slowing down in our sometimes frantic life.

Come let go with us!

Soil Shindig

A FREE day-long celebration of soil!
Saturday, November 18, 9:30am to 2pm

in the Tijuana River Park

Two locations around the intersection of
Hollister St. and Sunset Avenue 92154.

Click here for a Google driving map.
Sites are located quarter-mile walking distance of each other.

Bike and Picnic Friendly!

TJ River Valley Community Garden
corner of Hollister St. & Sunset Avenue 92154
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
2550 Sunset Ave, San Diego 92154

Planning on attending?
Send us an RSVP!
(no cost


Celebrate one of the world's most amazing precious natural resources, SOIL! You're invited to a day of learning, discovering, creating, connecting, and experiencing the key role soils play in our daily lives through a collaboration between Wild Willow Farm & Education Center,
and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County.

Explore two unique soil-supporting operations -- a community garden and an educational farm -- located in the Tijuana Estuary just 15 minutes south of downtown San Diego.

Family-friendly activities will be offered at both locations, and workshops for all levels of soil enthusiasts will be held in the morning and afternoon at Wild Willow Farm and The Tijuana River Valley (TRV) Community Garden.

TRAVEL The best way to get to the Tijuana River Park area where this event is located, is to take the Tocayo exit from Southbound I-5, just north of the Mexican border (Exit 3). Click here for a map

Farm School

Farming 101
Introduction to Small-scale
Regenerative Farming

Six-week Course, two days/week
F
ield Labs Saturdays 9am to 4pm at Wild Willow Farm
Classes Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm in central San Diego

2018 Course Dates

Winter 2018 Jan. 6 to Feb. 17
Spring 2018 Mar. 17 to April 28
Fall 2018 Sep. 29 to Nov. 10

Tuition: $700 (includes $100 enrollment fee. Early enrollment discount available.)

Farming 101: Introduction to Small-scale Regenerative Farming offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.

This six-week, two-day-per-week course is offered several times each year. With a horticultural and practical focus, students learn about soil fertility; tool use; till and no-till strategies; composting; sowing and transplanting; principles of irrigation; and pests, pathogens and beneficials. The last class is a discussion about building farm resiliency and a farm's relationship to many systems we must interact with: governmental, social, commercial, educational and regulatory.

Classes are held in the South Park neighborhood of San Diego (near 30th & Juniper) on Wednesday evenings, with field classes and labs at Wild Willow Farm on Saturdays.

Click for more information, a complete syllabus, or to enroll ($100).