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. You can watch recordings of past online workshops on the CASFS YouTube channel.

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.


Spring 2021 Workshop Schedule

Summer Garden Soil Prep

April 7, 5pm-6:30pm

Rich, healthy soil is the foundation for a lush, productive food, herb, and flower garden. Get your garden plot ready to plant those seeds and seedlings with the help of instructor Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden at UCSC. This soil class will cover the basics of composting, cultivation, and fertility for any home gardener.
Register for this free online event>>

Winter Squash Grow Along

April 16, 5pm-6:30pm

Winter squash is a nutrient-dense, ancient crop that comes in hundreds of shapes, sizes and flavors. Grown in summer, it's called winter squash because it stores well for months. Orin Martin and guest "stars" in this series of online sessions that will follow the lifecycle of one or more winter squash you will grow at home.
Register for the first session in this online series>>

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.
Register for this free online event>>

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