2018-2019 Events and Workshops


    December 2018

  • Tuesday, December 4, Quarry Plaza, 10 am - 1 pm, Organic Produce Pop Up
    Thursday, December 6, Rachel Carson College Quad, 10 am - 1 pm: Organic Produce Pop Up
    Don't miss the last organic produce pop ups of fall quarter! Get organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms at great prices. Cash, checks, and EBT accepted.

    Wednesday, December 5, 7 pm, Hay Barn: Microbiomes - from the White House to the Lab
    How does a top researcher on bacterial microbiomes in agriculture shape national science policy and make doing science more inclusive? Join us at this free, public lecture by Dr. Jo Handelsman, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Vilas Research Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. She served for three years as a science advisor to President Barack Obama as the Associate Director for Science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Get details and RSVP here.

    Friday, December 14: Deadline for UCSC undergraduates to apply for Measure 43 grant funds
    UCSC students are eligible to apply for Measure 43 funds to support food, health, and wellness projects. See the link for details.


  • January 2019

  • Saturday, January 12, 10 am-12 pm, San Lorenzo Garden Center: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Bring your fruit tree questions to this free talk and Q&A session led by Matthew Sutton, founder and owner of Orchard Keepers. This event takes place rain or shine! San Lorenzo Garden Center is located at 235 River Street in Santa Cruz.

    Saturday, January 19, 10 am-12 pm, The Garden Company: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Bring your fruit tree questions to this free talk and Q&A session led by Matthew Sutton, founder and owner of Orchard Keepers. Note: Heavy rain cancels. The Garden Company is located at 2218 Mission Street in Santa Cruz. 

    January 23–26, Asilomar Conference Center: Ecological Farming Conference – Resilience is Fertile
    Registration is open for the 39th annual Ecological Farming Conference. The conference features 70+ workshops, intensives, keynotes, farm tours, an exhibitor marketplace, tastings, a seed swap, live entertainment, and organic culinary fare.
    As the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for ecologically-minded farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success in stewarding our air, water, soil, and communities. Get more information and registration details here.

    Saturday, January 26, 9:30 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: Basic Winter Fruit Tree Care - Pruning and More!
    Review the goals and techniques of pruning fruit trees in this lecture and demonstration workshop. Get some hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. Information on varietal selection, tools, timing, techniques, and more, with Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers. This workshop takes place at the UCSC Farm. Heavy rain cancelsl rainout date: Saturday, February 2.  Registration details here.


  • February 2019

  • Friday, February 1. Deadline to apply for UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Organic Production position, based at UC Santa Cruz
    The Cooperative Extension specialist in Organic Production will focus on carrying out a collaborative, multifaceted research and outreach program with the goal of addressing challenges facing organic agricultural production systems of California, including pest and pathogen control, fertility management, weed control and efficient water use. See link for details and application information.

    Sunday, February 3, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Sowing Seeds – Starting a Successful Spring Garden
    In this workshop led by Laura Sasso, we'll discuss best practices for sowing, cultivating seedlings and transplanting. We will also explore strategies for planning and timing a successful warm season garden in this region. During the hands-on portion of the workshop we will sow seeds and work with seedlings, which you can take home and cultivate in your garden. Whether this is your first time to sow seeds or you have been stewarding your garden for years this will be a great way to spring into the growing season. Please pre-register using this link.

    Tuesday, February 12, 8 am - 4:30 pm, Agricultural Center Conference Room, Salinas: Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries
    This short course will focus on the practical aspects of organic soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy greens vegetables and long-season strawberry production. Topics covered include understanding the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production, including mineralization from soil organic matter, release of inorganic nitrogen from organic fertilizers and composts, and the contribution of prior crop residues, cover crops, and irrigation water.
    Cost of the workshop is $70 before January 30, 2019, and $90 after 1/30/19. Snacks and lunch included. Register early as space is limited. Get more information and registration details here. Download the workshop flyer.

    Saturday, February 16, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Organic Blueberries for the Home Garden and Small Farm 
    Join CASFS/UCSC Farm & Garden manager Christof Bernau to learn about varietal selection, site selection, planting, pruning, and general care of blueberries in the home garden and on the small farm. This is a lecture and demonstration workshop. The workshop will take place at the Hay Barn, adjacent to the UCSC Farm. Please pre-register using this link.


  • March 2019

  • Saturday, March 9, 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Chix in the City, Hens in the Hood
    Come learn about the joys of keeping chickens without annoying your neighbors in this workshop led by UC Master Gardener Candice McLaren. Find out what the best breed is for you and your family, the beautiful options there are for your birds and eggs, and if raising chicks or rescuing from Animal Services is right for you. Youll also get great ideas about how to design and place a chicken coop and how to transition baby chicks to the coop. Following the workshop, take an optional stroll up to the UCSC Farm to visit the chickens in the Life Lab garden. Please pre-register using this link.


  • April 2019

  • Sunday, April 7, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

    Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: Growing Organic Hops – Production Techniques and Trellis Design
    Learn to grow hops! In this workshop led by hops grower Jon Sattler and Orin Martin, manager of the Chadwick Garden, well discuss initial soil preparation, variety selection, planting rhyzomes and annual fertility needs. You will also learn how to maximize your harvest using various trellis designs, and get hands on experience building a trellis system in the Chadwick Garden. Whether you are a home brewer interested in growing backyard hops, or you are considering farming hops for your local craft brewery, this workshop is for you! Space is limited: please pre-register using this link.

    Saturday, April 27, 10 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, April 28, 10 am - 2 pm, Barn Theater Parking Lot, UC Santa Cruz: UCSC Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale
    Choose from a wide selection of annual vegetables and flowers, along with wonderful perennials for the landscape. Plants are grown at the UCSC Farm & Garden and selected for their proven performance in the Monterey Bay region. Proceeds benefit the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture training program.

    Note: Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden are invited to a "members hour" starting at 9 am (Saturday only). You can join the Friends or renew your membership starting at 8:30 am. Find out more about joining the Friends of the Farm & Garden.


  • May 2019

  • Sunday, May 5, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

    Saturday, May 18, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm, UCSC Farm: An Introduction to Garden Herbalism
    The fields and gardens of UCSC Farm and Garden abound with medicinal plants. Come learn how to use these common plants for every day maladies and health promotion. We will learn how these herbs can be used to promote restful sleep, combat stress, soothe or strengthen digestion, heal wounds, support menstrual cycles and much more. You will leave the class with many plant friends to support your health and well being. Please pre-register using this link.


  • June 2019

  • Sunday, June 2, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.


  • July 2019

  • Sunday, July 7, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.


  • August 2019

  • Sunday, August 4, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

    Sunday, August 25, UCSC Farm: Annual Farm to Fork Fundraising Dinner
    Save the date for our annual fundraising dinner at the UCSC Farm, with fabulous food prepared by Feel Good Foods. Stay tuned for details and a link to the ticket site.


  • September 2019

  • Sunday, September 1, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Enhance your Labor Day weekend with a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

    Sunday, September 8, 9:30 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: Garden Herbalism for Digestive and Respiratory Health
    Gardens and landscapes possess great potential to nourish, strengthen, and treat the tissues of the respiratory and digestive systems. This class will discuss herbal actions helpful for these tissues and meet/taste the herbs that have them.  We will also discuss how to prepare and administer herbs from the garden for self care and treatment of common maladies of these organ systems. This class is suitable for beginners as well as those more familiar with the use of herbal therapies. Please pre-register using this link.

    Saturday, September 14, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, UCSC Farm: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    In this workshop led by Kellee Matsushita of the UCSC Farm & Garden, we will explore foundational concepts of seed saving: which crops to choose, how to crop plan for seed production, and discuss how botany impacts mating systems for various crops/species. We may be able to clean and process a few seed crops (weather dependent ). We will also discuss how we can participate in the reformation of local seed sheds. Please pre-register using this link.

    Sunday, September 29, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Fall Harvest Festival
    Save the date! Join us for our annual celebration of the fall harvest, featuring live music, kids' activities, workshops, tours, and great food. Details to come!


  • October 2019

  • Sunday, October 6, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

     


  • November 2019

  • Sunday, November 3, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm 
    Enjoy the final free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm for the 2019 season. Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Meet at the Hay Barn on campus for the short walk to the Farm. Free parking available at the Hay Barn. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

     

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