The Center’s education work serves audiences ranging from pre-K and elementary school students on field trips to Life Lab's Garden Classroom to community members attending gardening and fruit tree workshops co-sponsored by the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. Through classes, conferences, public events, tours, and publications, the Center reaches academics, researchers, policy makers, students, and the general public with information about sustainable agriculture and food systems.
The Center has also taken a lead role in developing resources for those teaching about sustainable agriculture at the college and university level, and helped organize the first national-level conference on post-secondary sustainable agriculture education. Center staff members have produced internationally recognized instructional resources for those teaching organic farming, gardening, and marketing skills.
Opportunities for UCSC Students
As part of UC Santa Cruz's Division of Social Sciences, the Center serves as a resource for UCSC graduate and undergraduate students interested in a variety of topics, including:
- urban agriculture
- domestic and international food systems
- sustainable agriculture
- agricultural policy
- landscape ecology
- food security
The Center's facilities and programs are available to all UC Santa Cruz undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to class work based at the Center's facilities, students can take part in ongoing Center research and education efforts, design their own projects in collaboration with the Center's associated faculty and staff members, and apply Measure 43 funding to support their projects. Students also work with the Center through internships or independent studies developed in collaboration with faculty in a variety of campus departments.