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!

    February 2017

  • February 1, 4:30 pm - 9 pm, CASFS Hay Barn: Party with a Purpose - Slug Student Leadership Dinner and Mixer
    Student leaders of the UCSC Food Systems Working Group and CASFS invite all current and prospective student leaders across organizations, clubs, departments, units, and research labs to come network and learn about each other's projects. Campus faculty and staff who advise and work with students are also invited to attend the meeting and free dinner. Join us in community to build strength and support for our collective efforts.
    For more info contact: Nancy and Carlos at ucscfswg@gmail.com or 831-459-3675. Please register here. 

    February 4, 10 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: Fruit Trees "101"Bare Root Fruit Tree Planting and Basic Care
    Learn the basics of bare root fruit tree selection, planting, irrigation, fertility, and pest management with Matthew Sutton and Kim Mayer of Orchard Keepers. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm. Dress for the outdoors.
    Heavy rain cancels. Full refund if workshop is canceled. Note that this class was originally scheduled for January 21.
    Online registration costs: $30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $15 limited income, $5 for current UCSC students. 
    Or pay at the door (cash or check only): $40 for general public, $30 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $20 limited income, $5 for current UCSC students. Click here for registration information. 

    first 50 logoFebruary 8, 7-9 pm, Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room: CAN YOU DIG THIS? A Film Screening and Conversation with Ron Finley

    As part of its First Fifty Book & Film Series, CASFS is co-sponsoring a screenin of "Can You Dig This?" The film raises awareness about the issue of food insecurity in South Central Los Angeles and how that relates to high rates of diet-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure in both African American and Indian American communities. The event will open with commentary and context from Ron Finley and will close with a short Q&A after the screening. Ron Finley, featured in the film, is a rogue gardener in L.A. working to turn empty neighborhood spaces into community gardens to improve availability to fresh fruits and vegetables. This event is supported through Measure 43 funding.
    The film screening and disussion are free and open to all UCSC students and the community. Seating will be first come, first served.

    February 8, 6-8 pm: Eating Healthy on a Low Budget - A Food System Learning Journey. Meet at OPERS Rec Porch; workshop takes place at the Village Kitchen
    Want to learn how to eat well but don't want to spend a lot of money? Join us to break down effective planning and food preparation techniques for sustainable, healthy and affordable meals. Attendees will create vegan, vegetarian, and meat based recipes. Participants who attend the workshop will leave with new seasonal and time tested skills, resources, and ideas to put into practice. $5 registration fee. Find out more and register online through OPERS. Supported by Measure 43 funding.

    February 10, 6-9 pm: The Politics and Practice of Seed Saving - A Food System Learning Journey. Meet at OPERS Rec Porch; workshop takes place at the CASFS/UCSC Farm
    Join us to learn how to save, store, trade and use heirloom organic seeds! In this workshop we will learn about different kinds of vegetable, herb and flower seeds that grow well in our local area and how to obtain and store them for future use. We will also explore the seed's role in the food system and the importance of preserving genetic diversity in food production for long term sustainability and growth. Attendees will take home locally adapted seeds potted on-site for propagation and some sweet seed saving skills! $5 registration fee. Find out more and register online through OPERS. Supported by Measure 43 funding

    February 12, 1-4 pm: The Craft of Fermentation - A Food System Learning Journey. Meet at OPERS Rec Porch; workshop takes place at the CASFS/UCSC Farm
    Join us for a seasonal demo and hands-on afternoon of making homemade sauerkraut and other fun fermented foods on the CASFS/UCSC Farm. $5 registration fee. Find out more and register online through OPERS. Supported by Measure 43 funding.

    first 50 logoFebruary 17, 7-10 pm, Bookshop Santa Cruz: THE UNSETTLERS, an author event with Mark Sundeen
    As part of its First Fifty Book & Film Series, CASFS and Bookshop Santa Cruz welcome prize-winning author Mark Sundeen as he introduces his new book, The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today's America. The Unsettlers follows a diverse group of Americans—urban and rural, female and male, black and white—on their complicated quest for a simpler life in modern times, raising fascinating and subversive questions about the way we live, eat, and work.

    February 22, 5-9 pm: Viticulture and Regional Terroir on the Central Coast - A Food System Learning Journey. Meet at the OPERS Rec Porch.
    This learning journey will bring us to Equinox located on the west side of Santa Cruz to learn firsthand from winemaker Barry Jackson and crew on the ups, downs, ins, and outs of producing and bottling sparkling regional wines with a small lot emphasis. Participants will learn details on sourcing, producing, and aging wine while cultivating community around this ancient pressed and fermented juice. Dinner fare is included! $8 registration fee. Find out more and register online through OPERS. Supported by Measure 43 funding.

    first 50 logoFebruary 23, 5:30-7:30 pm, Hay Barn: THE ART OF RELEVANCE, an author event with Nina Simon
    As part of its First Fifty Book & Film Series, CASFS welcomes Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History executive director Nina Simon for a reception and presentation about her new book, The Art of Relevance. The reception begins at 5:30 pm, with the presentation and Q&A session from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. This free event takes place at the Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz. RSVP to Heidi Harris.

    February 24-25, Media Theater and Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room, UC Santa Cruz: Climate Science and Policy Conference


  • March 2017

  • 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. We'll be posting more details as the date gets closer!

    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.

    first 50 logoMarch 25, 9:30 am - 12 noon, Alan Chadwick Garden: Garden Bed Preparation, Chadwick Style!
    Join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and organic farmer Caroline Martin for a special workshop about garden bed preparation, featuring the classic double digging technique that Alan Chadwick introduced at the Student Garden Project (now the Chadwick Garden) 50 years ago. 
    Learn when and how to create and maintain garden beds, incorporate compost, and maintain your beds through the years with cover crops and careful cultivation practices. The workshop will also review "intensive" planting techniques, including intercropping, to maximize production in your garden beds.
    Cost of the workshop is $30 general admission (pre-registered) or $40 (at the door); $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members (pre-registered) or $30 (at the door);  $15 for limited-income (pre-registered) or $20 (at the door). $5 for UCSC students. 
    Get details and pre-register for this workshop.


  • 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.
    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.  

    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

  • Thursday, May 18, 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.

  • July 2017

  • 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. More program details coming soon; stay tuned for registration information.

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