2018 Events and Workshops


    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
    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. PLEASE NOTE: dinner tickets are sold out; we are accepting names on the wait list. See the details and registration information here.

    August 31 - September 2, Western Washington University: The National Food Action Summit
    The National Food Action Summit will build on the momentum for Real Food on campuses across the country and be a chance to connect with others who are concerned about how Big Food harms and exploits all of us - particularly communities of color and working class communities. 

    We're calling on you to think about how we can challenge the control of Big Food in our universities and re-envision our universities as a force for a Real Food future! Click here for more details and registration information. 


  • 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.

    Saturday, September 8, 11 am-2 pm: Through the Back Gate, an Insider's View of the UCSC Farm & UCSC Arboretum
    The Farm and Arboretum have a special place in UC Santa Cruz’s history, and they shape students’ experiences, careers, and perspectives in more ways than we can readily see. The visionaries and leaders of these unique campus resources will lead compelling tours of both, and give behind-the-scenes looks into little-known aspects of these special places. Ticket price includes lunch, snacks, and special gift. Click here for details.

    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 Fall Harvest Festival at the UCSC Farm.
    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.

    Saturday, October 27, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Hay Barn: Grow Great Garlic! Cultivating Organic Garlic in the Home Garden & Small Farm
    Led by Sandhill Farms garlic grower Pete Rasmussen and Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin, this workshop will include in-depth discussions of all aspects of growing great garlic, from soil preparation and seed selection, to planting and harvesting tricks of the trade. We'll also have roasted garlic available for workshop participants to taste. More details and registration link here. 


  • 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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