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Farming 101 Class #4: "Irrigation"

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Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

2550 Sunset Avenue

San Diego, CA 92154

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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.

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 #4: "Irrigation"

This week will focus on Efficient irrigation practices. Your purchase includes the lecture on Wednesday August 8th 6PM-8PM and the field lab on Saturday August 11th 9AM-4PM.

Details: The best place to store water is in the soil. This class addresses the quantitative and qualitative approaches to delivering water efficiently and effectively through an irrigation system. Students will experience the water situation in Southern California and determine sources of water in an arid climate. Topics will include how water moves through soil, the mechanics of an irrigation system and how it operates, how regenerative farming methods increase the water retention capabilities of soil, and water conservation techniques through building organic matter in the soil and appropriate plant spacing. The Living Lab will tour students through the irrigation systems at Wild Willow Farm. Students will learn to put together automatic irrigation valves, install drip irrigation systems, learn irrigation design concepts, and identify effective repair and maintenance strategies.

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 questions, please email tanya@wildwillowfarm.org

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