San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project
is a growing network of citizens, farmers, chefs, gardeners, teachers, and students working to encourage the growth and consumption of regional food. From farm to fork, we focus awareness and work toward a more ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just food system in San Diego.
By eating locally, not only do you get fresher, better-tasting food, but you also help support family farms and encourage a vibrant local economy. Please explore the bountiful agricultural and gardening opportunities in San Diego, learn how to become an informed participant in our local food system, and help us encourage others to do the same.
Now enrolling for Full and Half Shares
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.
$30 box every week for 12 weeks = $360
$30 box every other week for 12 weeks = $180
Boxes for both Full and Half Shares are $30/each, and are the same size.
You may join any time shares are available.
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
Wednesday evening classes + Saturday lab/practicum
starts Wednesday, April 23
Classes at Liberty Station (Point Loma) Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Farm Lab/Practicum at Wild Willow Farm, Saturdays, 9am to 4pm
Thursday daytime classes/lab + weekday practicum
starts Thursday, April 24
Classes/Lab at Wild Willow Farm on Thursdays, 9am to 4pm
Farm Practicum on choice of Mon., Tues., or Wed., 9am to 1pm
Apply early for next session to ensure your participation.
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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.
Our Primary Programs
Saturday, April 19
Volunteering, Farm Tour, Potluck, Wood-fired Pizza,
Music, Bonfire and more!
@ Wild Willow Farm
click here for a map (we recommend you use our map)
(donations in support of our programs are appreciated)
Schedule for the Day (rain cancels)
11am to 4pm: Volunteer on the farm
Learn while doing.
noon to 4pm: Introduction to Beermaking
$40 per person. All participants must be 21+ years old.
noon to 4pm: Creating Decorative Mosaics
Learn while doing as we snazz up our bathroom!
4 to 7pm: Purchase freshly harvested veggies.
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.
with farm-made, organic sourdough wood-fired pizza (donations requested).
6:30pm Live Music by The Tinkersmith Trio
Dusk -- BYODrum(s)
Our farm is all about community, so what better way to say that than by hosting a monthly community gathering? On third Saturdays each month from March through November, we host volunteer opportunities, tours, a grand potluck meal, and bonfire.
Something yummy to share (extra points for something homemade using organic, locally grown ingredients). Please label your dish and ingredients (share your recipes!).
Your own plate, cup and eating utensils help us keep this a zero-waste event.
Please pack out your recylables and trash.
Jacket and warm clothing. It gets surprisingly cold here at night.
We welcome everyone, but please leave your pets at home.
About our potlucks: volunteering, free mini-workshops, farm tour, potluck, bonfire, drumming. Farming is all about food. And food is best when shared with community. 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.
2014 POTLUCKS: May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15
Open Volunteering at Wild Willow Farm
every Saturday, 11am to 4pm (rain cancels)
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.
On-farm chores vary widely week to week and depend entirely on what's happening at the farm that day. Usual activities include composting (hand-on learning every week), watering, bed prep, weeding, mulching, animal care, planting and tending a huge range of plants and more.
We welcome people of all ages and abilities, but please leave your pets at home.
Many thanks to these fine folks for generously supporting our work!
Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Co-op has provided an ongoing grant of $1000/month in support of our educational field trips to the farm for local school kids since May of 2011. People's Co-op has also made many other donations and provided strong support for our efforts and common goals over the years.
Local Race/Run producer Sandy Feet Events donated $1395 proceeds from the 2014 Resolution Run on Jan. 6, 2014, and 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 over $7800 for Wild Willow Farm!
Jimbo's Naturally contributed $1,180 in 2013 via their "It's in the Bag" program, representing 23,602 votes for our work, and saving 30,434 recycled bags. Since 2010, Jimbo's bag program has raised nearly $4000 for the farm.
Musician Jack Johnson and the Johnson Ohana Foundation gave $3000 and promotional support during his local appearance on October 18, 2013. Jack has been a strong supporter of our work and since 2008 has donated $9000 for both Victory Gardens San Diego and Wild Willow Farm.
Supervisor Greg Cox awarded a County of San Diego Community Enhancement Grant of $15,000 to fund our ongoing fence project and upgrading our irrigation system.
2013 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: in 2013 awarded a grant of $5000 to support our farm school and install a volunteer coordinator.