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 2018-2019 Campus Food and Garden Guide.

UCSC Food Systems Working Group (FSWG)

CASFS
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Tim Galarneau, UCSC Food Systems Working Group Coordinator
Email: ucscfswg@gmail.com
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)

CASFS
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Damian Parr, CASFS 
Email: dmparr@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 359-8710

Website: casfs.ucsc.edu

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 2018-2019 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.

Agriculture Land Based Training Association (ALBA)

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association
PO Box 6264
Salinas, CA 93912
Nancy Porto
Email: nancy@albafarmers.org
Phone: (831) 758-1469

Website: www.albafarmers.org

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 nancy@albafarmers.org for further information or to arrange an internship, farm tour, or other activity.

UCSC Dining Services

Email: ucsantacruzdining@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-4529

Website: housing.ucsc.edu/dining/

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

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

Program in Community & Agroecology (PICA)

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

Christine Sam, PICA Coordinator
Email: pica@ucsc.edu

Website: pica.ucsc.edu

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ucscpica/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ucscpica/

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

Garden workdays every Saturday from 11:30-1:30 PM, CASFS-PICA internship, volunteer, and two workshops per quarter. Meetings occur weekly in building A2 of the Sustainable Living Center.

Community Agroecology Network (CAN)

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

Rose Cohen, CAN Director 
Email: rose@canunite.org
Phone:(831) 459-5619

Website: www.canunite.org

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
Email: jmrice@ucsc.edu
Phone: (831) 459-1714

Website:www.enviroslug.com

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)

Email: eslp@ucsc.edu

Website:eslp.enviroslug.org

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
Email: kresgenaturalfoodscoop@gmail.com
Phone: (831) 459-1506

Website:kresge.ucsc.edu/activities/coops/food-coop.html

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
email: daveshaw@ucsc.edu, garden-coop-core@googlegroups.com

Website: kresgegardencoop.weebly.com

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
Email: gardened@lifelab.org
Phone: (831) 459-2001, (831) 459-4035

Website: www.lifelab.org

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.

Food, What?! 

FoodWhat?! on the UCSC CASFS Farm

Contact: Irene O'Connell
Email:
Phone: (831) 459-4576

Website: foodwhat.org

Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

FoodWhat?! is a youth empowerment and food justice organization using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for growing strong, healthy, and resilient teens. We partner with low-income and struggling youth across Santa Cruz County to grow, cook, eat, and distribute healthy, sustainably raised food and address food justice issues in our community.

Interns work with staff and/or high school-age youth on a variety of projects. Farm interns assist in getting the farm up and running in the Spring and then support the ongoing operations throughout the season. Media interns document the youth’s journey through their time in FoodWhat and participate in marketing and social media. Admin and Development interns help bottom line core non-profit operations. Internships are available Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters, for 2 or 5 credits. Contact Irene O'Connell (see above) about internships.

 

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