Ladybugs - A Bug You Want to Have

 "Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home! Your house is on fire and your children are alone!".... or stay and protect my garden, please!

"Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home! Your house is on fire and your children are alone!".... or stay and protect my garden, please!

Sam released 6,000+ ladybugs into the nursery last week! It really was something special.


 Why do we love ladybugs so much?  They're an organic and chemical-free way to protect your garden! Ladybug larvae snack on bad insects like aphids and other soft-bodied insects.


If you're interested in ordering some for your garden, let us know!  We place an order every week or so.  We'll give you tips for keeping them around your garden too.... like did you know ladybugs don't fly at night?  So release them right before sunset!


 These little guys (and ladies) are a great way to teach kids about beetles and insects too! 

Posted on January 27, 2016 .

2016 Class & Event Schedule Announced!


Our 2016 class calendar brings you some fantastic gardening, homesteading, and cooking opportunities! For a print-friendly copy of our events, click here.

2016 Events & Classes

Note: Class times may change and can occasionally be cancelled.
We recommend you call for most current info: 619-284-6358 (Tues-Sun 9a-5p)


23: Using Greywater & Rainwater Collection @9a {Free}
24: Pruning Basics @9a {Free}


06: Gardening 101: Getting Ready for Spring @9a {Free}

21: Simple Composting Methods @9a {Free}


05: Learn to Raise Chickens & Ducks @9a {Free}

12: Learn to Raise Goats @9a {Free}

20: Solar Cooking Basics @9a {Free}

26: Intro to Beekeeping @9a {Free}


09: Learn to Make Soft Cheeses @9a {$20 - RSVP Online}

30: Spring Art in the Garden @9a-4p {Free Event}


29: Happy 60th Birthday To Our Founder, Farmer Bill Tall

July + August

July 5th-August 21st Contest Seeds Available!
Come in + sign up for our Zucchini Growing Contest for Adults & Pumpkin Growing Contest for Kids


15: Fall Harvest Festival @9a-4p {Free Event}

   Zucchini Growing Contest for Adults @10a

     Pumpkin Growing Contest for Kids @11a


20: Founder's Day, Celebrating Our 44th Year In San Diego

2016 Closure Dates:

This year we will be closed on Mondays along with
3/27, 8/23 thru 8/26, 10/12, 11/24, 12/24 (@2pm) thru 1/2/17 - reopening January 3rd, 2017



New Classes Will Be Added Throughout the Year here on our website or call/visit daily (closed Mondays) 9a-5p: (619) 284-6358

To download a printable calendar of all of our events, click here.

Posted on January 12, 2016 and filed under Classes.

A Note from Farmer Bill

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Hi, Fellow City Farmers!

Well another year closes with so much behind us! It has been a busy year with many changes and new things added to our farm: a pasture for Poinsettia and Gigi, a variety of old time farming tools along the nursery grounds, a Memorial Day Weekend Work Party, and building our new sign.

This year my three children, Sam, Sara, and Rebecca, have joined me to keep the story of City Farmers going, working alongside my invaluable staff, helping us make real my ideas and bringing in some exciting ones of their own.  

As I’ve tackled my health, your wishes and notes and emails have all made their way to me. I am being treated by a skilled team of doctors and a wonderful team in the holistic world. I am now being placed on a list in New Orleans at the Oshner transplant hospital for a liver transplant. If you have recommendations for gardens, healthy restaurants, or antique stores, and of course, nurseries, near New Orleans, please send them my way!

The first week in December I will be going there to receive more tests and hopefully get listed. When I am done I will be back and be waiting for a new liver to replace mine which is currently the home of cirrhosis and inactive cancer cells.

For the time being I will be counting on my fantastic team of Farm Hands and my personal Farm Family to be maintaining the day to day, and making sure it feels like home to you and you enjoy your gardening experiences that start at City Farmers.

May life Next Year be fantastic for all of us as I am planning it will be. With some needed winter rains, some cold weather for the trees to sleep through and rejuvenate, and a lot of new ideas and changes to continue to bring out the best in all of us.

As for me, I’ve got a goal to be back involved with all of you in creating the pleasure of working with mother nature to enjoy as soon as possible.

Happy New Years and thank you for continuing to support our little bit of country in the heart of the City.
-Farmer Bill


UPDATE: PS I'm off to New Orleans to meet with transplant specialists for the next week or so.  Thank you so much for all the thoughts and prayers.  I'll keep you posted! 

Posted on November 30, 2015 .