2018 Events and Workshops

    January 2018

  • Saturday, January 6, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: Navigating the Highs (and Lows) of Rose Growing
    Roses can be finicky, but persistence pays off! This class will be a lively, 3-dimensional primer on growing roses in the home garden. Appropriate whether you have (or are planning to have) 1, 10, or 100 roses, for while scale matters, the basics are the same. Taught by Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden, this workshop will cover a variety of topics including selection, planting, pruning, and year-round care. Registration information.

    Saturday, January 13, 9:30 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: #HomeGrownFruit—Basic Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
    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 and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden. Rainout date is February 3. Registration information.

    Tuesday, January 16, 4:40 - 6:30 pm, University Center: Investiture Ceremony for Stephen R. Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability
    This event recognizes a new chair honoring emeritus professor Stephen Gliessman and his development of the field of Agroecology. The chair will support research and teaching on the linkages between water resources and sustainable food systems, with a special focus on groundwater research and ancillary interests in watersheds and surface water management. It was established with a $500,000 gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and matching funds from the UC Regents. Admission to the event is free - please register.

    Saturday, January 20, 10 am - 12 pm, San Lorenzo Garden Center: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. Bring your questions about appropriate varieties, soil preparation, and more! 
    Note: This event will happen rain or shine! There is indoor space available for this session. If you have rain concerns call San Lorenzo Garden Center, 423-0223.

    January 24-27, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA: 38th Annual Ecological Farming Conference
    Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing and distribution, farming issues, and cutting edge information to help farmers succeed. As the oldest and largest organic farming event in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. To learn more and to register, visit www.eco-farm.org/conference.

    Saturday, January 27, 10 am - 12 pm, The Garden Company, 2218 Mission Street, Santa Cruz: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. Bring your questions about appropriate varieties, soil preparation, and more! 
    Note: This event will happen rain or shine! There is indoor space available for this session. If you have rain concerns call The Garden Company at 831.429-8424.


  • February 2018

  • Sunday, February 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Hay Barn at UCSC: #HomeGrownFruit—Citrus Workshop for the Home Gardener and Small Scale Grower
    Add some zest to your garden or small-scale orchard! Join us  for a workshop at the UC Santa Cruz Hay Barn focused on citrus. The workshop will include a tasting of locally grown citrus varieties. Led by Daniel Paduano, owner of Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden, this workshop will address the best varieties of citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and more) for the Monterey Bay region; how to select and prepare a planting site; how to plant; and how to irrigate, fertilize, prune, and control pests and diseases in a range of citrus trees. Includes a tasting of locally grown citrus. Registration information.

    Monday, February 12, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Forager Tasting Room & Eatery, San Jose: A Prof and a Pint – The Future of Organic Farming
    This free event kicks off monthly informal discussions between UCSC faculty and the local community in the spirit of Science Cafes, though our series won’t limit itself to science. It will be held on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Forager. Each event will include a short talk, discussions with the audience, and time for networking. Christof Bernau, Farm Garden Manager and Apprentice Instructor, will describe past contributions, current activities, and promising directions in organic farming. RSVP.

    Saturday, February 24, 9:30 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, February 25, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden:#HomeGrownFruit—Weekend Bootcamp for the Home Orchardist
    Whether you're growing (or planning to grow) one tree or a small orchard, this weekend intensive workshop will equip the home fruit grower or small-scale fruit farmer with the information and techniques to grow a wide variety of deciduous fruit trees successfully. 

    The 2-day workshop will feature:
           Short presentations on the basics of fruit tree growing
           Demonstrations of basic procedures and techniques involved in fruit tree growing 
           Hands-on activities, including planting and fertilizing 

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Please bring a picnic lunch for Saturday. See additional details at the registration site.

  • March 2018

  • Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden at UCSC:  In Praise of the Raised Bed - Garden Bed Preparation, Chadwick Style!
    Join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin for a special workshop about garden bed preparation, featuring the classic double digging technique that Alan Chadwick introduced at the Student Garden Project (now the Chadwick Garden) 50 years ago. 
    Learn when and how to create and maintain garden beds, incorporate compost, and maintain your beds through the years with cover crops and careful cultivation practices. The workshop will also review "intensive" planting techniques, including intercropping, to maximize production in your garden beds. Registration information.

  • April 2018

  • Monday, April 23, Monday Night Supper Club at Jardiniére Restaurant, Hayes Valley, San Francisco
    Save the date! Jardiniere's Monday Night Supper Club benefits the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, with a themed three course tasting menu and wine pairings. $59 per person. Details to come!

    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! 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.

    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.

  • May 2018

  • Thursday, May 17, 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.