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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.

Join the Wild Willow Farm Share CSA

Now enrolling for Full and Half Shares

Pickups at Mission Hills Nursery, Wild Willow Farm or Chula Vista Yoga Center

Click here for more info or to join.

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.

Full Share: $30 box every week for 12 weeks = $360
Half Share: $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.

Pickup Locations, Day and Time

Mission Hills Nursery
1525 Fort Stockton Dr., 92103.
Pickups are Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30pm.
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Wild Willow Farm & Education Center
2550 Sunset Avenue, 92154 (not a mailing address)
Pickups are Wednesdays, 2 to 6pm.

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Chula Vista Yoga Center
255 E Street, Chula Vista 91910
Pickups are Wednesdays, 5 to 9pm

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Duane Morris, LLC
(private drop for Duane Morris employees)
Pickups are Wednesdays, 2:30 to 4:30pm

Planting a seed is a commitment to the future.
We appreciate your interest in sharing this commitment and invite you to join our community.

Wild Willow School for Sustainable Farming

Farming 101:
Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming

12-week instructional and practical experience
on a working sustainable farm.

taught by Paul Maschka

TRACK A: 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
Course runs April 23 to July 12

TRACK B: 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
Course runs April 24 to July 10

Click here for more information

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


AGRICULTURE
EDUCATION
COMMUNITY

 

Wild Willow Farm is where we teach people essential sustainable farming skills, host homesteading and gardening workshops, hold community events, and train the next generation of sustainable farmers for our region. The farm is located on the banks of the beautiful and wild Tijuana River Nature Preserve (USA), two miles from the coast, about 15-minutes from downtown San Diego.

School for Sustainable Farming

Farm Volunteering

School Field Trips

Group Tours, Services & Bookings

News and Events

Upcoming Workshops

Location/Map


 

Victory Gardens San Diego is our urban agriculture program where we help people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, and hands-on education community outreach throughout San Diego County.

About
Volunteer
Education/Classes
Garden Resources/Tools
Informational Links
Regional Garden Education Network
Subscribe


Food for Thought
Film Series

Free films about food

 

Community Event: Potluck

Saturday, May 17

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)

Free!
(donations in support of our programs are appreciated)


Schedule for the Day (rain cancels)

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.

Please Bring

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: June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15

 

Volunteer at Wild Willow Farm

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.

Click here for more details.

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.

 

If you or your company would like to join this list and support our efforts to educate everyone about the food system and train the next generation of farmers for San Diego County, please click here.