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Farming 101: Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming

September 5, 2013 – September 6, 2013 all-day

Fall session now enrolling

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

Classes begin Thursday, September 5, 2013
taught by Paul Maschka

To go to the application, click here.

Wild Willow Farm’s 12-week Basics of Small-scale Sustainable Farming course offers students an introduction to techniques and strategies for small farming or agricultural advocacy, or to simply learn how to grow more of their own food in an agricultural setting.

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.

Students who successfully complete the course earn a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a program of the non-profit San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project, whose mission is to educate, cultivate and empower sustainable food systems in San Diego County. Since the farm began in 2010, WWF’s goal has been to teach about where food comes from and how to grow it, both in urban and rural agricultural settings, using sustainable practices best suited for San Diego’s unique climate and year-round growing seasons. These conditions afford our students learning opportunities that exist nowhere else in the United States.

Topics Covered

  • Basic Soil Science
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Propagation/Transplanting
  • Direct sowing
  • Drip Irrigation installation
  • Environmentally Friendly Pest Control
  • Warm Season and Cool Season Crop Cultural Requirements
  • Greenhouse and Shade House Growing
  • Soil Fertility Enhancement Through Composting, including worm farming and custom-blended organic fertilizers
  • Orchard/fruit tree care

Other topics students will be exposed to include:

  • Medicinal & Culinary Herbs
  • Seed Saving
  • Dry Farming
  • Beekeeping
  • Animal Husbandry (goats & chickens)
  • Public Events, Workshops and Field Trips

For more details, go to website.

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