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!
Suzie’s Farm is a 70-acre USDA-certified organic family farm, created by Robin Taylor and Lucilla De Alejandro. Their mission is to feed San Diegans the freshest and highest quality produce, while creating a community of people who are passionate about organic, locally grown produce. Suzie’s was established in 2004, and the farm is named after a Norwegian Elkhound named "Suzie". The farm grows a multitude of vegetables, herbs, and fruits on 70 acres of beautiful farmland south of Imperial Beach.
Wild Willow Farm & Education Center works to educate, cultivate, and empower sustainable food communities in San Diego County. Wild Willow Farm is a six-acre working farm that educates students in the basic mechanics and philosophy of how to grow food ethically and ecologically using means suitable for urban and small-scale farming or gardening. The farm cultivates new growers using hands-on learning experiences on a working farm, and provides food literacy and understanding of what a healthy food system can look like and how to achieve it. Wild Willow empowers everyone to grow food where they live for their own health, the health of their families, their communities, and the world.
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County provides soil and water conservation assistance to landowners, homeowners, growers, ranchers, schools, environmental organizations, government agencies, and consultants. Their mission is to protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through education, information, and technical assistance programs.The RCD manages the Tijuana River Valley Community Garden in partnership with the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, and is the largest community garden in San Diego County. Members of the community garden come from all walks of life. Local gardeners lease one hundred thirty-eight plots, and the site is currently planning on expanding.