Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
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.
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.
Now enrolling 13-week Shares starting January 8, 2014
Pickups at Mission Hills Nursery, Wild Willow Farm or Chula Vista Yoga Center
You are invited to become a Wild Willow Farm Shareholder. Wild Willow Farm Shares are our version of a CSA -- Community Supported Agriculture. Shareholders receive a weekly box of vegetables and greens, with occasional fruits, cut flowers and herbs, as the seasons change. Exact amounts and varieties will vary, but we aim for consistent volume.
Shares are sold in advance of the growing season to help cover many of the farm's upfront costs, like seed, supplies and equipment.
Cost: 13 weeks x $30/week = $390.00
Shares joined after the start date of January 8 will be prorated for the season.
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
2550 Sunset Avenue, 92154 (not a mailing address)
Pickups are Wednesdays, 2 to 6pm.
Planting a seed is a commitment to the future.
We appreciate your interest in sharing this commitment and invite you to join our community.
12-week instructional and practical experience
on a working sustainable farm.
taught by Paul Maschka
NEXT COURSE starts Thursday, January 30.
Apply early to ensure your participation.
Wild Willow Farm's 12-week Sustainable Farming 101 course offers students and introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply grow more of their own food.
The course consists of weekly lectures and fieldwork where students learn what it takes to work a small organic farm. Students take part in classroom lectures and projects, and work alongside farm staff to practice material covered in class.
Open Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm
every Saturday, 11am to 4pm (rain cancels)
No volunteering this Saturday, Dec. 7 because of rain (!)
No experience necessary. Everyone welcome. Come to the farm and participate in your food system as we grow and build Wild Willow Farm. Help us develop our farming and teaching areas, plant seeds, build and plant beds, make compost, mulch paths, do general farm maintenance, install irrigation, and do the myriad things a farmer does while preparing and growing San Diego seasonal plantings of vegetables, greens, medicinal and culinary herbs and cover crops.
As production gathers momentum, on-farm activities will diversify even more and will become an even greater places for all ages to adventure and taste.
We are on potluck hiatus for the wet-cool season
About our potlucks: volunteering, free mini-workshops, farm tour, potluck, pizza, bonfire, drumming. Farming is food. And food is best when shared with community. The third Saturday of the month (mostly), Wild Willow gives thanks to our amazing community of students, volunteers, and educators by hosting potlucks featuring our famous wood-fired pizzas. 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. Bring a dish to share and warm clothing; rain cancels.
*Please bring something homemade and yummy to share (extra points for using organic, locally grown ingredients). Please label your dish and ingredients used if possible. Also bring your own plate, cup and eating utensils to help us keep this a zero-waste event.
NEXT POTLUCK: March or April 2014
Many thanks to these fine folks for generously supporting our work in 2013!
Local Race/Run producer Sandy Feet Events donated $1630 proceeds from the Wild Willow Farm 5K and Chili-Brewfest that took place on September 28, 2013. Since 2011 Sandy Feet Events has raised $6165 for Wild Willow Farm!
Jimbo's Naturally contributed $1,180 via their "It's in the Bag" program, representing 23,602 votes for our work, and saving 30,434 recycled bags.
Supervisor Greg Coxawarded a County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant of $17,000 to fund our ongoing fence project and upgrading our irrigation system.
SDG&E Environmental Champion Grant: $5000 for program improvements.
Kashi REAL Project: Donated $15,000 which has been used for infrastructure improvements around the farm. Since 2011, Kashi REAL and Kashi employees have donated over $28,000 to support our work at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center.
Horizon Foundation: awarded a grant of $5000 to support our farm school and install a volunteer coordinator.
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op: Since June of 2011, People's has provided an ongoing grant of $1000/month in support of our educational field trips to the farm for local school kids. To learn more about our field trip program, click here. People's Co-op also donated $1200 toward purchase of a farm tractor.