How to get involved

Contact information and how to get involved

Note: For a complete list of volunteer, internship and other opportunities to get involved in campus and community food systems and campus gardens, see the 2017-2018 Campus Food and Garden Guide.

UCSC Food Systems Working Group (FSWG)

1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Tim Galarneau, UCSC Food Systems Working Group Coordinator
Phone: (831) 459-3675

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Students can get involved in FSWG through attending meetings, internships & volunteering.

Credit is available for:

  • Food Systems research & resource material development
  • Building FSWG’s connection and opportunities for engaging in the greater Santa Cruz community
  • Outreach and capacity building development

Come volunteer at:

  • Sustainable Dinner Events
  • Organic Taste Tests
  • Sustainable Food System Film Nights
  • Speaker Evenings
  • Spring Strawberry and Justice Event, and Fall Harvest Festival
  • Demeter Seed Library

Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS)

1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Damian Parr, CASFS 
Phone: (831) 359-8710


Classes, Internships and Workshop Opportunities

Students can get involved in the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems through classes, internships, and workshops, and through the activities of the Food Systems Working Group (see above). See the 2017-2018 Campus Food and Garden Guide for details or contact the Environmental Studies Internship Office.

The CASFS Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus are open to the public 7 days a week from 8 am to 6 pm. Click here for directions.

Monterey Bay Organic Farmers Consortium (MBOFC)

Opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate student research, site visits, and activities at the following farms:

  • Phil Foster
  • Happy Boy
  • Coke Farms
  • New Natives
  • Swanton Berry
  • Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (See CASFS)
  • ALBA (See ALBA below)

Contact Tim Galarneau, UCSC Food Systems Working Group Coordinator for more information and program planning with above farms at

Agriculture Land Based Training Association (ALBA)

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
PO Box 6264
Salinas, CA 93912
Nancy Porto
Phone: (831) 758-1469


Internship & Volunteer Opportunity

ALBA welcomes the involvement of UCSC students in its work as interns, applied researchers and volunteers. Recent work has included efforts focused on entomology in organic crop production, ecological restoration, and other projects. Dozens of UCSC students have also participated in farm tours and other educational activities to advance an understanding of local organic farming and economic development in limited-resource communities.

Please contact Nancy Porto at (831) 758-1469 or for further information or to arrange an internship, farm tour, or other activity.

UCSC Dining Services

Phone: (831) 459-4529


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Dining Services offer many positions and opportunities for student workers and supporters.

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

406 Main St., Suite 406
Watsonville, CA 95076


Phone: (831) 761-8507

Website: and

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Contact us for opportunities in our food, farming, farm-to-school and event internships.

Program in Community & Agroecology (PICA)

The Village/Lower Quarry
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Mira Michelle, PICA Coordinator
Phone: (831) 459-5818


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Garden workdays, internships and community meetings occur regularly in the A quad of the Sustainable Living Center. Visit our website, for more information regarding scheduled events.

Community Agroecology Network (CAN)

The Community Agroecology Network
PO Box 7653
Santa Cruz, CA 95061

Rose Cohen, CAN Director 
Phone:(831) 459-5619


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

We offer local and international internships working towards trade justice and environmental sustainability. Contact us or stop by the A2 Trailer in The Village at UCSC for more information.

Student Environmental Center (SEC)/Students for Organic Solutions (SOS)

Joyce Rice, SEC Staff Coordinator
Phone: (831) 459-1714

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

SEC/SOS has leadership positions available and is always looking for volunteers to support program events throughout the year! For more information please contact Joyce Rice at (831) 459-1714. SOS works with the Gardeners’ Alliance to bring members of campus gardening projects together so everyone can share their knowledge. 

Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP)


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

The ESLP has many positions available in leadership roles as well as internships and volunteer opportunities! We are looking for creative and passionate youth, interested in building their skills and helping to make UC Santa Cruz a sustainable campus!

Kresge Natural Foods Cooperative (aka Kresge Coop)

Student owned and run since 1976
Phone: (831) 459-1506

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer for the Kresge Coop come in whenever you are available and offer your time to the person behind the register (they won’t bite as long as we keep dried mangos in stock) and come join our nice little community. See you at the coop. Volunteers receive 10% off weekly purchases with a one hour minimum commitment.

Kresge Community Gardening Cooperative

Contact: David Shaw


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

The Kresge Garden is a beautiful one-third-acre site nestled betwee the Porter Meadow and Kresge College, abundant with fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs. And people! For the past three years the garden has been experiencing a renaissance, with the planting of a new apple orchard, double digging new garden beds, and fostering the emergence of a Kresge Community Gardening Cooperative. Volunteer work parties take place every Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.

Life Lab 

Life Lab Garden Classroom on the UCSC CASFS Farm

Contact: Amy Carlson
Phone: (831) 459-2001, (831) 459-4035


Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Life Lab interns teach standards-based science, gardening and sustainable agriculture concepts to local school groups (pre-school – 6th ). Interns receive training in: garden-based science education, working with children, organic gardening, environmental education, games, songs, activities, and much more! Internships are available Fall, Winter and Spring quarters, for 2 and 5 credits. Contact Amy Carlson (see above) about internships.