Wild Willow Farm Capital Campaign
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is southern California's only non-profit, soil-based educational farm. With years of grassroots efforts under our belt, we’re ready to deliver our programs in bigger and fresher ways into 2018 and beyond. For over seven years we've been raising community consciousness in agriculture, the food system, and our environment. Adults in our programs have learned how to develop living soil and grow healthy, delicious food using innovative eco-agricultural practices focused on Regenerative Farming. We continue to inspire youth to be the future ambassadors by teaching them the magic of the interconnected ecology we are all apart of, to respect nature, eat healthy, and the importance of supporting local farms. During the past year we’ve increased our on-farm efficiencies, strengthened internal and community relationships, and identified a community-based vision.
With the right people in position and plans in place, we're seeking your support to make necessary upgrades to our infrastructure, allowing us to:
* Double our CSA so we can deliver healthy farm-fresh produce to our South Bay Community.
* Offer in-class lessons in public schools aligned with core standards and expand classes to the community, including programming in Spanish.
* Deepen our relationships to partner organizations in the South Bay.
Here's what your support funds:
$10,000 to expand and secure our growing areas: build additional beds and protect the food we're growing from furry predators.
$4,000 to install a walk-in cooler to keep food we've grown fresh and reduce waste.
$1,000 to upgrade our farm kitchen to facilitate community cooking classes.
$15,000 to build a second classroom and offer more space for soil-based education in Spanish and English.
$1,000 to subscribe to high-speed internet (1 year).
$2,000 to build critter-proof dry food storage and seed locker.
$2,000 to improve our materials yard and mechanical workshop.
$4,000 to buy a farm computer and software.
$4,000 to upgrade our propagation station.
$5,000 to purchase HDMI-enabled microscope and spectroradiometer.
$10,000 to install solar panels and get us off the grid.
Even bigger plans (as long as we're at it)
$25,000 to buy a small tractor and implements.
$35,000 to double our growing areas for advanced farmer training.
Donor Match: Your support doubled!
Boochcraft matched every donation of $500 or greater, for a total match of $6000!
Donation match: $500 on 11/24. Match funds remaining: $5500.
Donation match: $1000 on 11/27. Matching funds remaining: $4500.
Donation match: $500 on 11/27. Matching funds remaining: $4000.
Donation match: $500 on 11/28. Matching funds remaining: $3500.
Donation match: $500 on 12/1. Matching funds remaining: $3000.
Donation match: $500 on 12/4. Matching funds remaining: $2500.
Donation match: $1000 on 12/8. Matching funds remaining: $1500.
Donation match: $500 on 12/14. Matching funds remaining: $1000.
Donation match: $500 on 12/22. Matching funds remaining: $500.
Donation match: $500 on 1/4/18. End of donor match. Thanks Boochcraft!
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a teaching farm started and operated by community members concerned about the state of our food system. We believe that we need to fundamentally change agricultural practices to work in harmony with nature, that food should be grown where we live: in our neighborhoods, schools, homes, worship and community spaces. We achieve these goals by teaching best practices to expanding numbers of people who want to provide clean, fresh, nutritious and delicious food for their families, replacing old food grown far away with local living food that promotes environmental and human health.
We offer unique educational experiences through Wild Willow School for Regenerative Agriculture, Victory Gardens San Diego, youth and adult field trips and community volunteering. We also deliver mineral dense produce through our Farmshare program and partnering restaurants.
To learn about how we got started and our goals, read an interview with Wild Willow Farm founder Mel Lions. (San Diego Union-Tribune, November 18, 2017)
Thank you for growing with us!
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