Week 15 of my 52 NEW Things Project takes me to Wild Willow Farms and Education Center in south San Diego near the Tijuana Estuary. Ellen, Ryan, our friend Ramin, and I are here for San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project's monthly potluck event. We've been to a number of these awesome events before, but this time I toured and photographed a few new areas of the farm (new to me, hence qualifying for this blog!). The full set of my photos is here.

It was a night of excellent, healthy food - featuring Roots Director Mel and his crew manning the wood-fire pizza oven as usual with veggies that were literally pulled out of the ground that day nearby, great music care of bluegrass group The Big Decisions, and a bonfire complete with drum circle and added percussion from Ramin, who brought his didgeridoo! It's one of my favorite things to do in San Diego and it supports a great cause, so volunteer for the day if you're so inclined or just come and enjoy the company of like-minded people having a great time!

About San Diego Roots: "San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project is a growing network of citizens, farmers, chefs, gardeners, teachers, and students working to encourage the growth and consumption of regional food. From farm to fork, we focus awareness and work toward a more ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just food system in San Diego."

About Wild Willow Farm: "Wild Willow Farm & Education Center is a six-acre working farm located in the southwest corner of the United States, less than three miles from the Pacific Ocean and two-thirds mile north of the Mexican Border. The farm is nestled along the banks of the scenic Tijuana River, and borders the river's stunningly beautiful estuary nature preserve. We're a 15-minute drive from downtown San Diego, with easy and quick access from most of urban south San Diego County."

About the monthly event: "Our farm is all about community, so what better way to say that than by hosting a monthly community gathering? On third Saturdays each month from March through November, we host volunteer opportunities, tours, a grand potluck meal, and bonfire."