2019 Events and Workshops


    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.

    Friday, February 1, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Cowell Coffee Shop: Basic Knife & Kitchen Skills
    Learn how to handle. care for, and sharpen your most important tools in the kitchen. Learn the lingo of the kitchen and impress your friends with all your fancy culinary vocabulary! All food prepared in the class will be for the participants to eat and/or take home! Sign up via the OPERS Recreation Program website starting January 8.

    Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10 am-2pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop Up
    Get fresh, organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms at affordable prices. Cash, check, and EBT payment accepted.

    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.

    Wednesday, February 27: UCSC Giving Day 
    This year our one-day Giving Day campaign will support efforts at the UCSC Farm that grow food for UCSC students in need. In 2018 the UCSC Farm donated more than 9,000 pounds of produce to the campus food pantries, free Cowell Coffee Shop, organic produce pop ups, and other projects that support students experiencing food insecurity. Your Giving Day donation will help support this effort. Use this link on February 27!

    Thursday–Saturday, February 28–March 2, Kresge Town Hall: UC Santa Cruz Bioneers Conference
    This free conference offers an amazing array of speakers and workshops focused on social and environmental justice. Hosted by Kresge College's Common Grounds Center. See the website for details and registration information.


  • March 2019

  • Wednesday, March 6: Deadline to rsvp for the 2019 Volunteer Farm Docent Training program
    Don’t miss this opportunity to become a volunteer docent at one of Santa Cruz’s most beautiful locations: the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus. A seven-session docent training begins on Monday, March 11. See this link for details. The March 11 session is a no-obligation overview of the training program. Please contact Heidi Harris, hharris2@ucsc.edu, or call 831-459-3762 by March 6 to sign up..

    Fridays, March 8, 15, and 22, 10 am-2pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop-Up 
    Get fresh, organic produce from the UCSC Farm and other local organic farms at affordable prices. Cash, check, and EBT payment accepted.

    Friday, March 8, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Cowell Coffee Shop: Mushroom Mania
    Like shrooms? Was Toad your favorite character on Mario Kart before you realized the mushroom cap was actually a hat? We're going to harness the amazing, natural power of umami in this vegetarian class. Sign up via the OPERS Recreation Program website starting January 8.

    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.

    Sunday, March 24, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Hay Barn: Introduction to Honeybees and Beekeeping
    Whether you are interested in learning sustainable backyard beekeeping practices or just want a better understanding of how these delicate, intricate creatures benefit us and our planet, you will leave this class a-buzz with new energy!
    This course will cover hive structure, colony dynamics and delves into basic honeybee biology. We will touch on the history of beekeeping, from honey production to pollination contracts, and discuss current trends (and rifts) in colony management practices. Please pre-register using this link.

    Sunday, March 31, 11 am - 4 pm: Hay Barn Open House and Vendor Showcase
    The public is welcome to this free vendor showcase at the award-winning Cowell Ranch Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz. If you're looking for an event space or help putting on your event, this is a great opportunity! For more information, contact Heidi Harris.


  • April 2019

  • Sunday, April 7, 2 - 3:30 pm, Hay Barn/UCSC Farm: Docent-Led Farm Tour 
    Join us for our first free, docent-led tour of the beautiful 30-acre UCSC Farm for 2019. 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: Docent-Led Farm Tour 
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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: Docent-Led Farm Tour  
    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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