Farm and Garden Tours
The Center's Farm & Garden Tour Program
Perched above Monterey Bay on the UC Santa Cruz campus, the Center's Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden offer thriving examples of organic agriculture and horticulture on both a hand-worked garden scale and medium-sized, tractor-worked farm scale. Whether you're a gardener interested in what plants do well in the Central Coast region, a farmer looking for production information, or you just want to take a walk and enjoy the views, the Farm & Garden have much to offer.
Both the 25-acre Farm and 2-acre Alan Chadwick Garden are open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm, with a self-guided tour brochure available at the Farm entrance. Groups can sign up for docent-led tours. During their tours, visitors can see first-hand how to build fertile soil and control pests, recycle yard and kitchen waste, conserve water, and encourage biodiversity. You'll also learn about the latest research projects taking place at the sites.
- Kids Tours, which include hands-on activities in the Life Lab Garden Classroom, are offered Monday through Friday in the spring and fall by the Life Lab Science Program. Call 831.459-4035 to schedule a tour for your class or other children's group, or see the Life Lab web site at www.lifelab.org.
- Specialized tours for professional groups, visiting farmers and researchers, master gardeners, and other groups, are available by arrangement (depending on the availability of docents). Call 831.459-3240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a specialized tour.
Docents are vital to our tours program. If you're interested in becoming a docent or want to learn about other volunteer opportunities at the Farm & Garden, please contact us at 831.459-3240, email@example.com.