Support Our Work
Donations are essential for the Center’s continued growth and development, and our ongoing innovation and creativity as a leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Although we receive a small amount of public funding, most of our research, education, and public service work is funded through donor gifts, grants, fees, and sales from our Farm & Garden sites.
The current California budget shortfall means that we must increase our annual support from friends like you to keep our programs thriving.
To support the Center's work with an online donation or to find out other ways to support our efforts, please see the information below.
Support the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems
Your gift supports the full range of the Center's work, including research, experiential education, and public service to develop and promote sustainable food and agriculture systems.
Make a donation online On the UCSC Online Giving page, the designation will read Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).
Support the Apprenticeship at CASFS
Your gift supports the Center's six-month Apprenticeship training program in organic farming and gardening.
Make a donation online On the UCSC Online Giving page, the designation will read Apprenticeship/Grow a Farmer.
Support the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, the CASFS Community Support Group
Your gift supports the public education, scholarship, and facilities improvement work of the Friends of the Farm & Garden.
Make a donation online On the UCSC Online Giving page, the designation will read Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.
Gifts by check can be made using the Gift Form (download and print) or with your own letter or note designating how you’d like your gift directed. Checks can be made to the “UCSC Foundation” with a note in the memo line indicating CASFS, Apprenticeship, Friends of the Farm & Garden, Grow a Farmer Campaign, or some other designation. Gifts can be sent to the address below.
Development Office, Social Sciences Division
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
For more information on making a financial gift to the Center, call Anne Hayes in the Social Sciences Division Office, 831.502-7274, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to her at the above address. Gifts of stock, real estate, and in-kind goods and services are equally appreciated as are donations from your business or matching gifts through your company. All gifts are fully tax-deductible and every penny counts.
Other ways to support CASFS
Join the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. The Friends are a community-based group whose membership fees and volunteer efforts support a variety of education and scholarship programs. The Friends focus their efforts on community outreach, Farm & Garden facility improvements, and public education. Click here for information on how to join the Friends.
Shop at the Farm & Garden Market Cart. Every Tuesday and Friday from mid June through late October, fresh produce and flowers are available at the Market Cart, located at the corner of Bay & High streets at the base of the UCSC campus. The Market Cart is open from 12 noon to 6 pm. For details, see the Market Cart page.
Join the Center’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. CSA members support the Center by purchasing a weekly share of fresh, organically grown produce, herbs, and flowers. The CSA season runs for 22 weeks, starting in early June (weather permitting). Flower bouquet shares are also available. For details, see the CSA program page.
Support our Spring and Fall Plant Sales. Plant sales take place the first weekend of May and in early September each year. For details, see our Calendar of Events.