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!

    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.

    Mondays, May 8, 15, and 22, 10 am - 2 pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop-Up
    Purchase fresh, organic produce from the UCSC Farm and local organic farms at the Produce Pop-Up! Cash, check, and EBT payment accepted.

    Monday, May 8, 11 am - 4 pm, Quarry Plaza: CalFresh Information and Assistance Event
    Learn more about the CalFresh monthly food benefit program, find out if you qualify, and how to get help applying. Sponsored by the UCSC Dean of Students Office, 2nd Harvest, CASFS, and Santa Cruz County. 

    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.

    Friday, May 19: 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 Friday, May 19.

    Friday, May 19: Deadline - Call for Proposals for the California Higher Education Food Summit
    See below (June 24- 26) re: the upcoming CHEFS event

    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.


  • 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. Folk harp music by Santa Cruz Artist of the Year Shelley Phillips. Enjoy a wonderful afternoon 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 fieldside 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.

    Mondays, June 5 and 12, 10 am - 2 pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop-Up
    Purchase fresh, organic produce from the UCSC Farm and local organic farms at the Produce Pop-Up! Cash, check, and EBT payment accepted.

    Tuesday, June 20, 12 noon - 6 pm: Opening day of Market Cart 
    Get wonderful fresh organic produce and flowers from the Market Cart at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus (corner of Bay & High Streets). All produce is organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. The Market Cart takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 12 noon - 6 pm through early November.

    Tuesday, June 20, 12 noon - 6 pm: First day of UCSC Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share pick ups
    Pick up your share of fresh, organic produce from the UCSC Farm. Find out about becoming a shareholder here.

    June 24 - 26, UC Sante Barbara: California Higher Education Food Sumit (CHEFS)*
    Students, staff/faculty, and community members across the state will convene to discuss and prioritize issues impacting students on an individual, community, and institutional level. This year’s theme is: “Uniting Our Communities through Empowerment and Action: Advancing Basic Needs Frameworks for Change.” Participants will have the opportunity to engage with issues facing higher education ranging from upstream strategies and analysis to alleviate food insecurity to addressing housing/homelessness and inequalities that affect student success across California. The summit serves as a place to energize and empower individuals, organizations, and collective initiatives that recognize how government, non-profits, and institutional leadership all have a place at the table. Join us for this dynamic event and pre-conference to the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Register here; *please note that the CHEFS registration is part of the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference; you can register for CHEFS as a pre-conference or for the whole conference


  • 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.

    Sunday, October 1, 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


  • November 2017

  • Sunday, November 5, 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

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