2018 Events and Workshops


    April 2018

  • Sunday, April 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.

    Tuesday, April 10, Rachel Carson College and Colleges 9/10: Cowell Coffee Shop Visioning Sessions 
    Join one of two upcoming sessions to discuss a multi-use vision for the Cowell Coffee Shop. Add your voice to the discussion of ways to expand coffee shop hours, diversify programs, and extend basic needs efforts to UCSC students. Click here for time and location details.

    Friday, April 13, 6:30 pm, Veterans Memorial Building, Santa Cruz: Evolution of Organic — Santa Cruz Premiere
    Help celebrate the major role Santa Cruz continues to play in the organic food and farming movement. Get tickets here.
    Following the film, guest speakers including CASFS Farm & Garden researcher Mark Lipson, as well as filmmaker Mark Kitchell, will bring us up to date on food justice initiatives and agriculture's potential role in cooling the planet. This event benefits local food justice nonprofits The Homeless Garden Project, Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and Mesa Verde Gardens.

    Saturday, April 14, 10 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: 2018 Service Day at the Farm
    UCSC students and alumni are invited to team up for this Service Day event on the UCSC Farm. Free lunch included! Please register here.

    Sunday, April 22, 11 am - 5 pm, Hive & Hum: Earth Day Fundraiser
    Shop at Hive & Hum on Earth Day! A percentage of proceeds will benefit UCSC Farm's bee hives, beekeeping, and teaching apprentices about beekeeping! Hive & Hum is located at 415-B River Street in Santa Cruz, next door to Patagonia.

    Monday, April 23, 5 - 9 pm: Monday Night Supper Club at Jardiniére Restaurant, Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    Jardiniere's Monday Night Supper Club benefits the UCSC Farm & Garden/Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), with a themed three-course tasting menu and wine pairings. $65 per person (wine is extra). CASFS Executive Director Daniel Press will make some remarks as part of the evening event. Make your reservation today! Call 415 861-5555 or visit Jardinier's website
    and mention the UCSC Farm & Garden Fundraiser.

    Wednesday, April 25, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Colleges 9/10 Multipurpose Room: Local & Organic Tasting Fair
    Come try free samples of local, organic, and sustainable foods served here at UCSC! Prepare to be delighted by the variety of great produce, snacks, and drinks. Learn more about your UC Santa Cruz Dining options, discover our local and organic vendors, and of course—mingle and have fun with friends. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome!

    Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, Hay Barn, UCSC Farm, and various campus locations:
    Seedbed - A Soil Symposium

    Co-hosted by UCSC's E.A.R.T.H. Lab and the UCSC Farm & Garden/Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), this free interdisciplinary symposium on the state of soil will feature performances, interactive activities, and visual artwork installed throughout campus.
    Panels will take place in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn exploring a diverse range of topics from microbes to waste management, labor and farming; the magic of composting and soil science.
    Seedbed will explore how climate change and human industry have endangered our topsoils – rendering it deadly- as well as the amazing life sustaining potential of what we call “dirt.” See the website for schedule details and more information.

    Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm: Free tour of the UCSC Farm
    As part of UCSC's Alumni Weekend, take a docent-led tour of the UCSC Farm. Meet at the Hay Barn to start the tour.

    Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, April 29, 10 am - 2 pm, Barn Theater Parkng lot: UCSC Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale
    Join us for the annual Spring Plant Sale! See a list of plants available at the sale.
    All plants are organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden, and include a wide selection of annual vegetables and flowers, along with wonderful perennials for the landscape. Plants are selected for their proven performance in the Monterey Bay region. Proceeds benefit the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture training program.
    Please note: Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden members are invited to attend a special "members's hour" starting at 9 am on Saturday. Membership renewals and new memberships are available starting at 8:30 am that morning. The sale also takes place on Sunday, April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm (no early entry on Sunday). For more information call 831-459-340 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

     


  • May 2018

  • Sunday, May 6, 12-3 pm, OPERS: Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop – Healing the Gut, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Ayurveda believes that the foundation of health starts with the digestive system. This workshop is a hands- on demonstration of how to cook inspired by Ayurveda, and the best spices, herbs, and vegetables to cook for the season. Click here to register through OPERS. 

    Sunday, May 6, 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.

    Saturday, May 12, 9:30 am-12:30 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. Register here for this class.
    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. 
    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. 

    Sunday, May 13, 12-3 pm, Rachel Carson College Dining Hall: Natural Dye Workshop, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Gather in the Rachel Carson College Garden for an adventure through textiles and the plants and people that dye them. Learn about the evolution of dye from its origins in the natural environment to what is used now. We will discuss plants and processes to create dye at a small garden scale and then will use them to dye different materials—so bring any CLEAN fabric or clothes you would like to transform. Register through OPERS.

    May 15–18, Peace United Church, Kresge Town Hall: Right Livelihood Award North American Laureate Conference
    In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and economic justice.  In these tumultuous  times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world. See the website for a list of public talks and workshops taking place as part of the conference.

    Thursday, May 24, 4-6 pm, Hay Barn: Strawberry & Justice Festival
    The Strawberry and Justice Festival is a campus and community event with a focus on good food, fun, and education! The free event includes a panel discussion of social justice and environmental topics related to strawberry production, along with live music and more! Come enjoy free organic strawberry treats and drinks while you learn more about the issues regarding labor and environmental impacts surrounding one of the most economically important crops grown in our region. Stay tuned for more information.


  • June 2018

  • Saturday, June 2, 12 noon-2 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: A Garden of Poetry & Music
    Join us for this annual celebration as local poets and musicians share their talents in the beautiful setting of the historic Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz. The list of poets and musicians will be announced this spring. Free event, all are welcome!

    Sunday, June 3, 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.


  • 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.

    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.

    Saturday, July 28, 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.


  • August 2018

  • 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.


  • 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. 

    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. 

    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. 

    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.


  • October 2018

  • 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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