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Farming 101 Class #6 "Building Resiliency into Your Farm"

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

DESCRIPTION

Our popular Farming 101 seven-week Regenerative Farming training program is being offered a la carte for the first time this summer July 14 thru August 25! This page is to enroll in the individual topic classes.

You may enroll in the full course package and save money. For more information click here.

$600 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL/$700 REGULAR PRICE/OR $125 PER CLASS

Every week focuses on a different foundational food-growing topic. You can select the specific week you wish to attend according to the topic in which you want to expand your knowledge. Any experience level is welcome. Our education is based on sustainable regenerative farming using natural cultivation methods with minimal waste/water consumption and advocate against the use of environmentally harmful chemicals.

Each topic includes a two-hour lecture on Wednesday evenings in South Park followed by a hands-on lab work on the farm from 9am-4pm. Attendance at the Wednesday class is required for participation in the Saturday Lab.

Class #6: "Building Resiliency"

This week will focus on exploring permaculture practices and observing the farm with a holistic eye, plus a visit to our beehives. Includes an end of course pizza party! Your purchase includes the lecture on Wednesday August 22nd 6PM-8PM and the field lab on Saturday August 25th 9AM-4PM.

Details: A more resilient agricultural system is needed, especially in the face of climate change. We explore principles small farmers have established to be more resilient, as in the ability to bounce back quickly from a disruption, permaculture practices, rain harvesting methods, establishing reasonable expectations of your farm, realizing your resources, and holistic farm management that pertains to animal husbandry. Future farmers have the opportunity to research their local market and business model, and students are introduced to the array of landholding models such as sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, nonprofit, or cooperative. The culminating Living Lab experience will showcase a tour of Wild Willow Farm’s bee hives and honey harvesting.

About the Workshop, Topics, and Dates

Each topic includes a two-hour lecture on Wednesday evenings in South Park followed by a hands-on lab work on the farm from 9am-4pm. Attendance at the Wednesday class is required for participation in the Saturday Lab.

Please select the date and purchase tickets according to the class topic taught that week. Save by applying and purchasing the entire workshop here.

July 14 @ 9am: Orientation/Introduction: (FREE, and highly advised)

Class #1 "It Starts with the Soil"

Wed. July 18, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. July 21, 9am to 4pm Lab
Making & using compost, mulching, sheet composting, cover cropping

Class #2 "Growing Fertile Soil"

Wed. July 25, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. July 28 9am to 4pm Lab
Proper use and care of farm tools; evaluating soil texture and moisture; bed preparation; mechanical and manual tillage; compost tea and extract.

Class #3 "Propagation & Planting Techniques"

Wed. Aug. 1, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 4, 9am to 4pm Lab
Direct sowing and transplanting; starting seeds; planting practice.

Class #4 "Irrigation"

Wed. Aug. 8, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 11, 9am to 4pm Lab
How water moves through the soil and efficient irrigation practices

Class #5 "Integrated Pest Management (IPM)"

Wed. Aug. 15, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 18, 9am to 4pm Lab
Identifying pests, pathogens, and beneficial plants and insects

Class #6 "Building Resiliency into Your Farm"

Wed. Aug. 22, 6pm to 8pm Class + Sat. Aug 25, 9am to 4pm Lab
Exploring permaculture practices and observing the farm with a holistic eye, plus a visit to our beehives. End of course pizza party!

For questions, please email tanya@wildwillowfarm.org

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farming-101-class-6-building-resiliency-into-your-farm-tickets-44905590831

Later Event: August 26
Goat Cheese & Herbs Class