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Upcoming Events & Classes

Growing Wild Willow Farm Now through February 14

Farming 101: Intro to Regenerative Farming March 17 to Apr 28

Holistic Orchard Care Feb 3 and Feb 10
Farming 102: Cool Season Crop Families Feb 24, Mar 3, 10

Union-Tribune Interview with Mel Lions

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Farm School

Farming 101
Introduction to Small-scale
Regenerative Farming

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

2018 Course Dates

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 seven-week (seven Saturdays, six Wednesday nights) 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).

Holistic Orchard Care

General Admission:

$65 per class or $120 for both classes 

WWF Alumni Discount

(you have to be a past student of Wild Willow Farming 101)
$50 per class or $90 for both classes

Two Saturday Workshops

February 3 and February 10

This two-part course introduces students to fruit tree selection, planting and care for backyard fruit trees or a small-scale orchard. The course includes content about desirable varieties, hands-on pruning and training methods and details on pest management. The emphasis is on organic production methods and is intended for students interested in organic agricultural production, edible landscaping, agroecological education and sustainable plant husbandry.

Class 1: Introduction & Pruning
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9am to 4pm

This class will be an introduction covering general fruit tree information, but our main focus will be on winter training and pruning practice of deciduous trees. We will grow your confidence with hands-on pruning and training practice and tree anatomy observation.  

Class 2: Propagation and Planting
Saturday, Feb. 10, 9am to 4pm

Learn various techniques of propagating a fruit tree, planting, and care. Pre-requisite: This class will not cover material taught in Class 1, so attendance in Class 1 -- or a familiarity of basic tree care and pruning -- is a pre-requisite for attending Class 2.

Walk-up purchases the day of class will be an additional $10 so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space is not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.

For questions, please contact Tanya at

Farming 102: Vegetable Plant Families

Cool Season Crops

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.

$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)

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

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

Class 2: Onion & Parsley Families
Saturday, 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 +)

Union-Tribune Interview with Mel Lions

Q: What exactly is a "sustainable food community"?

A: A food system that, when operating, feeds our community in perpetuity without being a detriment to human and environmental health. I now understand that we need to do better, that beyond a sustainable food system is a regenerative food system, one that undoes damages done to the planet through industrial agricultural practices. The regenerative farming model has been developed since we adopted our name and is what we practice and teach at Wild Willow Farm.

Click here to read the full interview.