2018 Events and Workshops


    July 2018

  • Sunday, July 1, 2-3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the 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.

    Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 12 noon-6 pm, corner of Bay & High Streets: UCSC Farm & Garden Market Cart
    Get fresh organic vegetables, herbs, and beautiful flower bouquets grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. Market Cart continues every Friday through late October. Note that because we are supplying produce to expanded on-campus efforts to serve students experiencing food insecurity—including the twice-weekly Produce Pop Up farmstand, food pantries, and dining hall programs—the Market Cart will be open only on Fridays.

    Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 26, 1-2 pm, UCSC Farm: Apprenticeship Orientation Tours
    Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. Learn more about the Apprenticeship. Please note that you will need to buy a parking pass to park on campus; allow at least 30 minutes to purchase a pass, park, and walk to the Farm. Additional tours take place on August 9, August 23, September 13, and September 27.

    Sunday, July 15, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: Grow Your Own! Selecting, Growing, and Arranging Your Own Backyard Bouquets
    Truly local and DIY! Learn how to select, grow, and arrange annual flowers and perennials from your garden and yard to create beautiful bouquets. Register here for this workshop.
    Alan Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and his daughter, flower grower and bouquet maker Caroline Martin, will discuss how to select a range of blooms and grow them organically. Orin will focus on the many varieties of plants that can generate year-round blossoms in your yard, and Caroline will demonstrate the basic steps and principles used to create your own bouquets. Caroline is founder of Wild Moon Flowers, a flower growing and floral design service located in Santa Cruz.

    July 27-29, University of Hawai'i: 2018 Sustainable Agriculture Education Association (SAEA) National Conference
    The 2018 conference will be organized around the themes of indigenous knowledge, decolonization and socio-ecological resiliency in agroecology and sustainable food systems education. Demonstrating the university’s commitment to becoming the world’s foremost indigenous serving school, the conference will offer many unique opportunities to explore how the University of Hawai‘i, and other indigenous serving institutions in North America, are working to integrate traditional ecological knowledge, practice and culture into post-secondary food systems education. Through presentations, workshops, field trips and hands-on activities, participants will share their theory, practices and vision for integrating these topics into university level and adult education programming about food, agriculture, sustainability and justice. Click here for registration information, schedule, and other details.


  • August 2018

  • Wednesday, August 1. Deadline for campus groups to sign up for tabling at the OPERS Fall Fest.
    Please see the registration form to sign up.

    Fridays, August, 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 12 noon-6 pm, corner of Bay & High Streets: UCSC Farm & Garden Market Cart
    Get fresh organic vegetables, herbs, and beautiful flower bouquets grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. Market Cart continues every Friday through late October. Note that because we are supplying produce to expanded on-campus efforts to serve students experiencing food insecurity—including the twice-weekly Produce Pop Up farmstand, food pantries, and dining hall programs—the Market Cart will be open only on Fridays.

    Saturday, August 4, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
    Summer pruning is one of the best ways to ensure the health and productivity of your fruit trees. Learn summer pruning techniques from Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin, manager of UCSC's Alan Chadwick Garden, at this demonstration workshop. Register here for the workshop. Please note: this workshop was rescheduled from July 28.

    Sunday, August 5, 2-3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the 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.

    Thursday, August 9 and Thursday, August 23, 1-2 pm, UCSC Farm: Apprenticeship Orientation Tours
    Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. Learn more about the Apprenticeship. Please note that you will need to buy a parking pass to park on campus; allow at least 30 minutes to purchase a pass, park, and walk to the Farm. Additional tours take place on September 13 and September 27.

    Friday, August 10: Deadline to Apply to the School Garden Support Organization Leadership Institute
    This Leadership Institute is designed for teams of 2 from School Garden Support Organizations (SGSOs). A SGSO may be a nonprofit organization, university, government agency, foundation, school district, or other entity focused specifically on supporting garden-based learning for 
    multiple schools in their region. SGSOs work to elevate the quality and sustainability of school garden programs across their region, serving thousands of children each. The Institute takes place January 20–25, 2019 in Santa Cruz, CA. Hosted by Life Lab in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation.

    Wednesday, August 15: Deadline for International Applicants to Apply for the 2019 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
    See the Apprenticeship page for details

    Sunday, August 19, 3 pm - 9 pm, UCSC Farm and Cowell Ranch Hay Barn: Annual Farm to Fork Dinner
    Save the date for our annual fundraising dinner! This year's dinner will take place field-side on the UCSC Farm,followed by dessert and music in the Hay Barn. Before dinner, join us for a reception and tours of the 30-acre organic farm. See the details and registration information here.


  • September 2018

  • Sunday, September 2, 2-3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the 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. 

    Fridays, September 7, 14, 21, and 28, 12 noon-6 pm, corner of Bay & High Streets: UCSC Farm & Garden Market Cart
    Get fresh organic vegetables, herbs, and beautiful flower bouquets grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. Market Cart continues every Friday through late October. Note that because we are supplying produce to expanded on-campus efforts to serve students experiencing food insecurity—including the twice-weekly Produce Pop Up farmstand, food pantries, and dining hall programs—the Market Cart will be open only on Fridays.

    Sunday, September 9, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hay Barn: Making Medicines from the Garden
    Early Fall is the height of perennial and annual plant growth in our gardens. With so much biomass gardens are uniquely poised to make a plethora of herbal remedies for the present and future. Register here for this class.
    The workshop will teach gardeners how to make and use many  different herbal preparations for common ailments, including teas, oils, compresses, soaks, steams, baths, tinctures, and liniments. Get ready to be coated in herbs during this fun and empowering class. 
    Workshop instructor Darren Huckle is a licensed acupuncturist trained in Western and Chinese herbal medicine. Darren is the founder and owner of Roots of Wellness in Santa Cruz. 

    Monday, September 10. Deadline for campus and community groups to sign up for tabling space at the Harvest Festival.
    Please see the registration form to sign up.

    Thursday, September 13 and Thursday, September 27, 1-2 pm, UCSC Farm: Apprenticeship Orientation Tours
    Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture organic farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. This tour is specially designed for people who may be interested in applying for the Apprenticeship program. Learn more about the Apprenticeship. Please note that you will need to buy a parking pass to park on campus; allow at least 30 minutes to purchase a pass, park, and walk to the Farm. 

    Tuesday, September 25, 3-6 pm, OPERS Complex/East Field: OPERS Fall Fest
    UCSC students, check out this amazing resource fair! The Food Systems Working Group and CASFS in conjunction with Student Sustainability Organizations and the Sustainability Office will be hosting the annual Sustainability Tent/Zone at the festival. Find out how to get involved in campus and community food systems work.

    Sunday, September 30, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Fall Harvest Festival
    Plan to join us for this campus and community event! Fun for all ages, the Harvest Festival features live music, workshops, farm tours, kids crafts and activities, and much more! Stay tuned for details. 

    Sunday, September 30: Deadline for US Applicants to Apply for the 2019 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture
    See the Apprenticeship page for details


  • October 2018

  • Fridays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, 12 noon-6 pm, corner of Bay & High Streets: UCSC Farm & Garden Market Cart
    Get fresh organic vegetables, herbs, and beautiful flower bouquets grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. Market Cart continues every Friday through October 26. Note that because we are supplying produce to expanded on-campus efforts to serve students experiencing food insecurity—including the twice-weekly Produce Pop Up farmstand, food pantries, and dining hall programs—the Market Cart will be open only on Fridays.

    Sunday, October 7, 2-3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the 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 2018

  • Sunday, November 4, 2-3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Join us for our last free, docent-led monthly tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm for the 2018 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. Note: Heavy rain cancels. See the details here, including directions to the Hay Barn.

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