2017 Events and Workshops

first 50 logoLook for the logo denoting special events in celebration of the Farm & Garden and CASFS 50th Anniversary. 
Stay tuned as we add more events to the 2017 Calendar!

    April 2017

  • Saturday, April 1, UCSC Farm: Birding Walk on the UCSC Farm - SOLD OUT

    Sunday, April 2, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. Heavy rain cancels. See details here.

    first 50 logoTuesday, April 25, 7 - 8:30 pm, Hay Barn: Jazz'n Up UCSC - A free evening of jazz
    Join us to celebrate two timely anniversaries: legend Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th and this year’s 50th for CASFS with a free tribute event for all! This kid friendly event will include interactive tabling to highlight CASFS program and student efforts with organic refreshments in addition to a fine selection of Ella tunes featuring stellar local musicians: Love, Dan Robbins, Frank Buchanan, and Zack Olsen!

    Wednesday, April 26, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Hay Barn: "Art and Environment: Engaging in Sustainability" Book Release Party
    Please join us in celebration of the environmental art book launch for Art and Environment: Engaging in Sustainability (Rutledge 2017)
    Authors Barbara Benish (founder/ director Art Mill Center for Sustainability Czech Republic) & Professor Nathalie Blanc (CNRS Professor and researcher, Université Paris) will present a theoretical overview of the publication and image lecture on the international environmental artists covered in the book. 5:30 pm, snacks and drinks; 6 pm, presentation begins. Free event.
    Co-funded by the Center for AgroEcology & Sustainable Food Systems, the Institute of Art and Sciences, SPARC at UCSC a Social Practice Arts Research Center, and the UCSC Art Department

    first 50 logoSaturday, April 29, Alan Chadwick Garden, Hay Barn, and UCSC Farm: ALUMNI WEEKEND TOURS AND WINE/CRAFT BEER RECEPTION
    Take a tour of the Alan Chadwick Garden with garden manager Orin Martin, from 11 am - 12 pm. Daniel Press, executive director of CASFS, will lead tours of the UCSC Farm from 3 - 4 pm, and 4:30 - 5:30 pm (starting at the Hay Barn).

    first 50 logoSaturday, April 29, 10 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, April 30, 10 am - 2 pm, Barn Theater Parking Lot: FARM & GARDEN SPRING PLANT SALE
    Our annual Spring Plant Sale will have a 50th Anniversary twist, featuring some of Alan Chadwick's favorites and other long-time Farm & Garden selections along with the best of more recent varieties that thrive in the Monterey Bay region. Note: Friends of the Farm & Garden members enjoy a "members hour" from 9 am - 10 am on Saturday; renewals and new memberships available starting at 8 am on Saturday. See a list of plants available at this year's sale.


  • May 2017

  • Sunday, May 7, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. Heavy rain cancels. See details here.

    Wednesday, May 17, 4 pm - 6:30 pm, Hay Barn: Strawberry & Justice Festival
    The Strawberry and Justice Festival is a campus and community event with a focus on good food, fun, and education! The event includes a panel discussion of social justice and environmental topics related to strawberry production, along with live music and more! Come enjoy free organic strawberry treats and drinks while you learn more about the issues regarding labor and environmental impacts surrounding one of the most economically important crops grown in our region. Stay tuned for more information.

    Saturday, May 20, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hay Barn: Gopher Control in the Home Garden, Landscape, and Small Farm
    Learn how to control gophers, moles, and ground squirrel in the home garden, landscape, and on the small farm using non-toxic techniques that focus on exclusion and trapping. This workshop will be taught by Thomas Wittman, founder and owner of Gophers Ltd. and an expert on vertebrate pest control. Please pre-enroll online or email casfs@ucsc.edu for information on mail-in registration.

    Wednesday, May 24: Application Deadline for 2017-2018 GFI Fellowships
    UCSC students are encouraged to apply for a 2017–2018 Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellowship. The $4,000 fellowships support outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to work with campus faculty and staff on core objectives of GFI. Applicants must be matriculated undergraduate or graduate students at UC Santa Cruz for the entire 2017-2018 academic year. To apply, review the details below and complete the application form; application deadline is Wednesday, May 24.


  • June 2017

  • first 50 logoSaturday, June 3, 12 pm - 2:30 pm: Poetry and Music Festival at the Alan Chadwick Garden
    Join us for this free poetry and music event. We have a special lineup of poets joining us this year in honor of our 50th Anniversary:  Angel Dominguez, Rachel Linda Escamilla, Michael Hannon, Persis Karim, Ingrid LaRiviere, TC Marshal, Stephen Meadows, Micah Perks, and Lee Perron. Enjoy a wonderful afteroon in the historic Chadwick Garden.

    Sunday, June 4, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. Heavy rain cancels. See details here.

    first 50 logoSunday, June 4, 4 pm, UCSC Farm: Outstanding in the Field Dinner
    In recognition of our 50th Anniversary, the acclaimed Outstanding in the Field organization will hold one of their amazing dinners at the UCSC Farm's Ocean View field, overlooking Monterey Bay. Brad Briske is chef for this special gathering, with introductions by OITF Founder Jim Denevan, CASFS Executive Director Daniel Press, and others from the Farm & Garden. Get details here.

  • July 2017

  • Sunday, July 2, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. See details here

    first 50 logoJuly 28-30, UCSC Farm & Garden: FIRST 50 CELEBRATION

    The First Fifty Celebration will feature three days of events combining an engaging lineup of speakers, workshops, tours, and music, with great local food and time for mingling with old-timers and newcomers to the sustainable agriculture community. See the schedule and registration information


  • August 2017

  • Sunday, August 6, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. See details here

  • September 2017

  • Sunday, September 3, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. See details here


  • October 2017

  • Sunday, October 1, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Fall Harvest Festival
    Join us on the 30-acre UCSC Farm to celebrate the fall harvest season! Enjoy live music, kids' activities, great food, an apple pie baking contest, talks, tours and more at our fall open house event. $5 general admission; free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

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