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!

    March 2017

  • March 4, 10 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden, UCSC: Free Workshop on Raising Mason Bees in the Garden
    When you think of beekeeping, you probably think about honey bees, but there are actually thousands of bee species. One bee species that can also be raised in your garden is Osmia lignaria, the mason bee. Mason bees are important pollinators in the garden, and are less subject to disease than honey bees.
    At this free workshop Hamutahl Cohen, a UCSC graduate student doing research in the Chadwick Garden, will go over how mason bees differ from honey bees. You'll leave knowing more about mason bee ecology and what equipment and knowledge you need to raise masons. We will have some live bees to observe.  
    Free parking available at Merrill College.

    March 6: Deadline to RSVP for Volunteer Docent Training (see March 9, below).

    March 8, UCSC Giving Day
    Support the educational programming of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food (CASFS) at the UCSC Farm & Garden. Your donation on March 8 improves our work teaching apprentices and UCSC students who are learning about organic farming, gardening, and sustainable food systems. Please support our educational programming on Giving Day!

    March 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, First Session of Volunteer Docent Training, UCSC Farm
    Docents lead tours for visitors to UCSC’s 33-acre organic farm. Perched on a campus hillside with sweeping views of Monterey Bay, the Farm hosts a wide variety of education, research, and community programs, and is open to the public daily. If you enjoy gardening, learning about food and farming issues, and sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with others, this is a wonderful chance to join our dynamic team of volunteers. 
    The 2017 Farm & Garden docent-training program will take place on the UCSC Farm on seven Thursday afternoons from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., beginning March 9 and ending April 27 (no session on April 6). 
    During the training sessions, participants will learn about organic farming and gardening practices, the history of the Alan Chadwick Garden and the UCSC Farm, and the research and education work of UCSC’s Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), which manages the Farm & Garden programs and facilities. There is no pre-requisite to become a docent—just a willingness to learn and share.
    For more details and to arrange for parking during the training, please contact Melissa Betrone at (831) 459-3770, or mbetrone@ucsc.edu by Monday, March 6.

    March 19, 12 noon - 4 pm: Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Open House
    This free event will be an opportunity to view the newly rebuilt Hay Barn and network with many of Santa Cruz’s talented event vendors. This free event will be particularly useful for event planners, wedding professionals, and others interested in seeing and learning more about this unique campus and community space, conveniently located near the main entrance to UCSC. Mix, mingle and plan your next event! RSVP to Heidi Harris at hharris2@ucsc.edu, 459-3762. See additional details.

    March 25, 9:30 am - 12 noon, Alan Chadwick Garden: Garden Bed Preparation, Chadwick Style! CANCELED DUE TO WET WEATHER AND SOIL CONDITIONS


  • April 2017

  • Saturday, April 1, 9 am - 11 am, UCSC Farm: Birding Walk on the UCSC Farm
    Join us for an introductory birding walk at the UCSC Farm. This guided walk along the Farms trails and roads will feature a leisurely pace with frequent stops to observe, identify, and appreciate the local birds and their interesting behaviors. All levels of birding experience are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. 
    Breck Tyler will lead this guided walk and talk. Breck has been teaching the Natural History of Birds class for UCSC's Environmental Studies department for many years. He is a researcher with the Institute for Marine Sciences, and specializes in the ecology of seabirds. Note: Heavy rain cancels; full refund if event is canceled.
    Cost: $10 general/$5 Friends Members and limited income. Free for UCSC students, Farm & Garden docents, and Life Members of the UCSC Farm & Garden. Click here to get more information and pre-register.  

    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 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.


  • 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 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.


  • June 2017

  • Saturday, June 3, 12 pm - 2 pm: Poetry and Music Festival at the Alan Chadwick Garden
    Join us for this free poetry and music event. Details coming soon!

    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 preliminary schedule outline and registration costs. More program details coming soon; stay tuned for registration information.

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