Public Workshops

Orin Martin demonstrates pruning techniques to workshop attendees

Each year the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden work with the staff of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) to develop a slate of fruit tree, gardening, and other instructional workshops for the community. These workshops range from 3-hour classes offered at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus to free Q&A sessions at local garden centers. 

Workshops are geared to both beginning and more advanced gardeners. In-person workshops have traditionally been offered for a fee but upcoming online events are being offered for free while the Farm & Garden remain closed due to UCSC COVID-19 safety protocols.

Other annual events hosted by the Center and cosponsors include the Spring Plant Sales, Strawberry and Justice Festival, and Fall Harvest Festival. For details on upcoming workshops, seed exchanges, Food System Learning Journeys, and other events, see the Events Calendar page.

Winter 2021 Workshop Schedule

Getting Started with Fruit Trees

January 6, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

Join Orin Martin for an online presentation on how to select, plant, grow, and manage healthy productive deciduous trees organically.
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Pruning Deciduous Fruit Trees

January 13, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

Pome and Stone fruits will be featured in this online presentation on pruning and shaping fruit trees with Orin Martin.
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Beginning Seed Starting

February 22, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

Instructor Kellee Matsushita-Tseng will discuss best practices for sowing, cultivating seedlings and transplanting and will explore strategies for planning and timing a successful warm-season garden in this region.
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Growing Asian Vegetables

March 4, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

Instructor Scott Chang-Fleeman will cover the basics of cultivating different varieties of Asian vegetables in the cool summers of the Bay Areas coastline.
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Introduction to Irrigation

April 20, 5pm-6:30pm

Instructor Avry Miller will discuss the role of water in agricultural and home scale irrigation: how to evaluate soil moisture and structure, understand the impact of environmental conditions on irrigation and determine the irrigation needs of specific vegetable and tree crops.
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