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Farming 102: Brassica Family — History, Cultivation, and Preparation

  • Wild Willow Farm & Education Center 2550 Sunset Avenue San Diego, CA, 92154 (map)

Farming 102: Brassica Family — History, Cultivation, and Preparation

Commonly known as the mustard family, Brassicaceae contains some 338 genera and more than 3,700 species of flowering plants distributed throughout the world. Many of our favorite vegetables are in this family: Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Radish, Collards, Cauliflower, Arugula, Brussel Sprouts, & more.

About Farming 102: Our Farming 102 classes are now being offered a la carte! The class includes classroom time and hands-on field labs in the fields of Wild Willow Farm, where many these crops are being grown. Students are taken through steps in the field to prepare, plant, maintain, and harvest these foods. Led by Paul Maschka, you are sure to learn a great deal no matter where you are in your learning!


This course takes students through the history of human development and cultivation of our primary food-plant families, the cultural requirements of the varieties, and their botanical classifications. Students will learn specific requirements for each plant family, such as which crops need extra attention (trellising or harvesting often) and specific amendments or inoculants needed. Topics include care, level of fertility, type of watering, common pests and diseases, and yield. Special attention will be paid to seasonality, as students identify the appropriate season for specific crops.

Cost: $50-$60
Purchase tickets using the link below.

Earlier Event: September 9
Victory Gardens SD: Gardening 101
Later Event: September 10
CSA Cooking Class with Garden Kitchen