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 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.
Our Primary Programs
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.
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.