SOIL :: SUSTAINABILITY :: SUSTENANCE
Suzie’s Farm, Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, and The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County/Tijuana River Valley Community Garden are teaming up for the second annual Soil Shindig: a day-long event to celebrate healthy soil, sustainability, and food in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park!
The Soil Shindig will include featured speakers, workshops, demonstrations, great food, farm tours, kids’ activities, a vendor fair, and much more! With 2016 designated the International Year of Pulses (dried beans and peas, chickpeas, and lentils), we will also be holding a COOK-OFF with local chefs featuring the star ingredient... pulses! All three sites will host various festivities, and visitors are encouraged to move between sites by bike or foot.
The Tijuana River Valley boasts a vibrant backdrop for both farming and recreational activities. Connected by over 20 miles of trails, you are invited to explore the river valley in this celebration of soil!
Soil Shindig Schedule of Events:
10:00 - 11:30am Morning Workshops & Demonstrations
- Session A 10:00 - 11:00am (WWF Classroom): Neal Biggart "Composting: How to feed the microherd that makes good soil that grows healthy plants"
- Session B 10:15 - 11:15am (WWF Barn): Paul Maschka (lead instructor, Wild Willow Farm School for Regenerative Agriculture) "Making your own 'COF' complete organic fertilizer"
- Session C 10:30 - 11:30am (WWF Compost Area): Abriana Young (Closing the Loop) Composting workshop/demo
- Session C 10:30 - 11:30am (WWF Classroom): Cathryn Henning (WWF) "Utilizing Animals to Build Soil Fertility"
Lunch + Keynote Speaker @ Suzie’s Farm 11:30am - 1:00pm
1:15 - 3:45pm Afternoon Workshops & Demonstrations
- Session D 1:15 - 2:15pm (WWF Classroom): Neal Biggart"Composting: How to feed the microherd that makes good soil that grows healthy plants"
- Session E 1:45 - 2:45pm (WWF Fields): Paul Maschka (lead instructor, Wild Willow Farm School for Regenerative Agriculture) "No-till Farming: what exactly is it and how can we achieve that goal?"
- Session E 1:45 - 2:45pm (WWF Classroom): Cathryn Henning (WWF) "Utilizing Animals to Build Soil Fertility"
- Session F 2:15 - 3:15pm (WWF Compost Area): Susan Chambers Composting workshop/demo
- Session G 2:45 - 3:45pm (Location @WWF TBD): Jarrod Groves (WWF)
- Session G 2:45 - 3:45pm (WWF Fields): Paul Maschka (lead instructor, Wild Willow Farm School for Regenerative Agriculture) "No-till Farming: what exactly is it and how can we achieve that goal?"
Demonstrations throughout the day:
- Jason Salleh (WWF Washing Station): "Making Worm Casting Tea" @11am and 1pm (Worm Castings will be available for purchase)
- University of San Diego "Plants & People" Biology Students (WWF Fields): The Effects of Cover Crops on Soils: An Investigation Conducted by Students from the University of San Diego and Montgomery Middle School -Visit with the students all day as they explain their experiements with cover crops in a specially designated field at Wild Willow Farm!
75 min Nature Trail Walk from Wild Willow Farm to the Community Garden
- Morning 10:00-11:15 am
- Afternoon 1:15-2:30 pm
- Evening (Post-event) 4:00-5:15pm
"Interpretive Trail Survey" with MarZ: MarZ is an ardent phytophile with a knack for native plants. There is an overwhelming abundance of tenacious and fascinating life forms in the Tijuana River Valley which she seeks to help others discover and enjoy together. On her interpretive walks, the group will explore the ecosystem for living treasures, and participants will discuss and interact with wildlife while taking an easy stroll along the path.
Celebrate with us!
Seed Swap with San Diego Seed Library: Botanicablanco and the San Diego Seed Library will be hosting the Community Seed Exchange at this year's soil shindig. Bring your prepackaged seeds to swap or pack them at our booth. A commemorative seed pack label will be available, and the envelopes will be provided.
Farm Tours of Suzie's Farm + Wild Willow Farm!
Cooking + Honey Contest!
Bike and Picnic Friendly!
BIG THANKS to...
Dr. Bronner's :: Kashi :: Closing the Loop :: Communitree :: Ecology Artisans :: Good Vibes Crafter Co-Op :: Lean and Green Kids :: Master Composters :: San Diego New Farmers Guild :: San Diego Seed Library :: South Bay Historical Society :: San Diego Food System Alliance :: Boochcraft :: Golden Coast Meade
The International Year of Pulses #iyp2016
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP). An International Year designation provides an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world. Even more importantly, it will be a galvanizing moment to draw together key actors to further the contributions pulses make to health, nutrition, and sustainability. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.