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Farming 102 Cool Season Crop Series: Daisy Beet, Sweet Potato, Okra

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Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00
Wild Willow Farm
2550 Sunset Avenue
San Diego


Our Farming 102 classes are offered a la carte or sold as a package (only on the event page of the first class in the series). Each of the 3 classes includes classroom time and hands-on field labs at Wild Willow Farm, where many of these crops are being grown. Students will be taken on a plant family journey learning the history of the plant and are instructed step by step from starting your seeds/plants, maintenance, and harvesting. Topics include the level of care required, level of fertility, watering needs, common pests and diseases, and yield. Special attention will be paid to seasonality, as students identify the appropriate season for specific crops. 

Each class includes a cooking demo and tasting samples of what Wild Willow Farm grows. For lunch, students are asked to bring a potluck dish representative of the plant family being discussed!

Led by farmer Paul Maschka, a highly respected seasoned farmer and instructor in holistic agriculture. You are sure to learn a great deal no matter what your experience level is!


Daisy Beets:
Beets have an extensive history and were said to have grown in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. They contain a substance called geosmin, which is responsible for that fresh soil scent in your garden following a spring rain. Although they come in other colors, betalains is what creates that deep red color and is rich in antioxidants. Originally, humans ate only the beet greens, the root part of the beet was cultivated for consumption in either Germany or Italy, first recorded in 1542. 

Sweet Potato:
Originating from Latin America and part of the Morning Glory family, the sweet potato was not found growing wild, but it had been cultivated by the Incan and pre-Incan races for thousands of years and they had developed many varieties. The Incans called it "batata" and that is apparently the origin of our word "potato". Health benefits include improving digestion, loads of vitamins, minerals, protein, treats inflammation, boots the immune system, relieves bronchial issues, antioxidants, reduce arthritis pain, treats stomach ulcers and more!

Related to cotton and other mallow family plants, okra is an ancient vegetable that originated in southern Ethiopia 2,000BCE. It provides thickness and savory goodness in the one-pot stews that are the basis of many traditional African diets. Great in rice and stews! It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, excellent for the heart, cardiovascular system, and high in fiber and antioxidants. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.

You may select which classes to attend or 
purchase the 3-day discounted package:

Class #1: Daisy Beet, Sweet Potato, & Okra Families
Saturday, February 24

Class #2: Onion & Parsley Families
(this class only purchase here)
Saturday, March 3

Class #3: Brassica Family
(this class only purchase here)

Saturday, March 10

General Admission:
$65 per class or 
$160 for all 3 classes 

WWF Alumni Discount:
(you have to be a past student of Wild Willow Farming 101)
$50 per class or
$130 for all 3 classes

Walk-up purchases the day of class will be an additional $10 so make sure you purchase by 11:30PM the night before class! Space is not guaranteed if you have not purchased a ticket online.

For questions, please contact

2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154

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