2017 Events and Workshops

first 50 logoLook for the logo denoting special events in celebration of the Farm & Garden and CASFS 50th Anniversary. 
Stay tuned as we add more events to the 2017 Calendar!

    October 2017

  • Sunday, October 1, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Fall Harvest Festival 
    Join us on the 30-acre UCSC Farm to celebrate the fall harvest season! Enjoy live music, kids' activities, great food, an apple pie baking contest, talks, tours and more at our fall open house event. $5 general admission; free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. See the Harvest Festival poster. 
    Campus and community groups are invited to sign up for tabling space at the Fall Harvest Festival. Sign up by Wednesday, September 20. See the tabling sign up form.

    Sunday, October 1, 4 pm - 5:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led tour of the beautiful UCSC Farm. This month's tour coincides with the Fall Harvest Festival - join the tour and enjoy some festival flavor! The tour will also visit the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.
    Learn about the education, research, and outreach work taking place through the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. No reservations necessary. Ask at the gate for directions to the tour group (meeting next to the Harvest Festival stage). 

    Tuesday, October 3, 12 noon - 6 pm: Farm and Garden Market Cart 
    Get wonderful fresh organic produce and flowers from the Market Cart at the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus (corner of Bay & High Streets). All produce is organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. The Market Cart takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 12 noon - 6 pm through October 27.

    Monday, October 9, 10 am - 2 pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop Up
    Get fresh organic produce from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local organic growers. This year we are pricing down our produce even more (about a 50% decrease) and "doubling up bucks" for EBT customers - meaning you can get double the produce for the amount you spend! See you at Quarry Plaza! The Produce Pop Up takes place on Mondays through Fall Quarter.

    first 50 logoWednesday, October 11: Dining for Farmers Dinner Series – Shadowbrook
    Shadowbrook will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, October 11 to support beginning farmer and gardener training at the UCSC Farm & Garden. 1750 Wharf Road, Capitola, 95010. 831-475-1511.

    Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8 pm: Sourdough 101 Class, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Join UCSC alumna and first-year Farm & Garden apprentice Melissa Ott on a journey into the wild world of sourdough, an ancient and delicious fermentation art that is easy and fun for folks of all ages! Participants will learn how sourdough starters are created, how to feed them and keep them "alive," and how to prepare and bake delicious loaves of sourdough bread at home. You'll take some well-established sourdough starter home with you, and fresh sourdough bread baked right on the Farm will also be available for tasting! Class cost is $5. Register through UCSC's OPERS Recreation program.

    Saturday, October 21, 2 pm - 5 pm: Founders Daytime Events – Hay Barn Open House and Farm Tour
    As part of the annual Founders Day celebrations, the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn will hold an Open House from 2 - 5 pm. Come see displays on campus history and the work of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). Learn about this unique building's history and its new role as CASFS headquarters and gateway to the adjacent 30-acre organic farm. A farm tour will be offered at 3 pm, leaving from the Hay Barn. We look forward to seeing you!

    Thursday, October 26, 2 pm - 3 pm: Apprenticeship Orientation Tour (free, no reservations required)
    Learn about the 6-month Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture farm and garden training program on this hour-long walking tour of the UCSC Farm. Details here.

    Friday, October 27, 12 noon - 6 pm: Farm and Garden Market Cart 
    This is your last chance of the 2017 season to shop at the Market Cart (corner of Bay & High Streets). Grab a pumpkin and get ready for Halloween! All produce is organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden. Note that the Produce Pop Up will take place on Mondays from 10 am - 2 pm at UCSC's Quarry Plaza through fall quarter.

    Saturday, October 28, 9 am - 11 am, UCSC Farm: Fall Birding Walk on the Farm
    Join us for an introductory birding walk at the UCSC Farm. This guided walk along the Farm's trails and roads will feature a leisurely pace with frequent stops to observe, identify, and appreciate the local birds and their interesting behaviors. All levels of birding experience are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. 
    Breck Tyler will lead this guided walk and talk. Breck has been teaching the Natural History of Birds class for UCSC's Environmental Studies department for many years. He is a researcher with the Institute for Marine Sciences, and specializes in the ecology of seabirds.
    Please meet in front of the Louise Cain Gatehouse, near the Farm's main entrance.
    $10 general/$5 Friends Members and limited income. Free for UCSC students, Farm & Garden docents, and Life Members of the UCSC Farm & Garden Please pre-register. Please note: Heavy rain cancels; full refund if event is canceled.

    Tuesday, October 31: Deadline for US citizens to apply to the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture training program (deadline for international applicants is August 15). Please be aware of new scholarship opportunitiesn: the new Food Justice & Equity Scholarship joins the list of other scholarships available for veterans, aspiring organic farmers, and others. See details.


  • November 2017

  • Wednesday, November 1, 6 pm - 8 pm, Hay Barn: Friends of the Farm & Garden Annual Meeting
    We are delighted to invite you to be our guest and savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the good company of other Friends and supporters. Hear about Farm & Garden 2017 highlights from our 50th anniversary and plans for the upcoming year. RSVP required to Dan Dion – dandion1@me.com by October 26 (please put “Friends RSVP” in email subject line and include your email address and phone). RSVP option: call 831.459-3240. See additional details.

    Saturday, November 4, 3 pm - 6 pm: Herbalism 101-Making Teas & Tinctures, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Join us to learn how to gather, blend, and use medicinal and wild plants from Darren Huckle, local holistic medicine teacher. We will begin with an herb walk around the CASFS Farm and Garden to discover the variety of powerful plants available in our backyard, follwed by a demonstration in how to make medicinal teas and tinctures. Attendees will take home teas, invaluable knowledge, and restorative nature connection. $5. Sign up through OPERS.

    Sunday, November 5, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Hay Barn: Grow Great Garlic! Cultivating Organic Garlic in the Home Garden
    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. This workshop takes place rain or shine!
    Following the workshop there will be a selection of rare and heirloom garlic available for sale to plant in the home garden. Note that garlic seed available at the workshop is limited; if you'd like to pre-order prior to the workshop, see www.sandhillfarms.orgCost of the workshop is $30 general admission (pre-registered) or $40 (at the door); $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members (pre-registered) or $30 (at the door);  $15 for UCSC students and limited-income (pre-registered) or $20 (at the door). See this link for pre-registration information.

    Sunday, November 5, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Join us for the year's last free, docent-led monthly tour of the beautiful 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 Louise Cain Gatehouse, inside the Farm's main entrance. See details here

    Monday, November 6, 10 am - 2 pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop Up
    Get fresh organic produce from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local organic growers. This year we are pricing down our produce even more (about a 50% decrease) and "doubling up bucks" for EBT customers - meaning you can get double the produce for the amount you spend! See you at Quarry Plaza! The Produce Pop Up takes place on Mondays through Fall Quarter.

    Wednesday, November 8, 5 pm - 9 pm: Viticulture & Regional Terroir, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    The Central Coast of California is home to one of the world?s premier viticulture regions with incredible history and an exciting future. This learning journey will bring us to Beauregard Winery in Bonny Doon to learn firsthand from UC alumni and assistant winemaker Megan Bell on the ups, downs, ins, and outs of producing and bottling regional wines with a small production emphasis. She will also share her new label, Margins, and its focus on lesser known varietals. Participants will learn details on sourcing, producing, and aging wine while cultivating community around this ancient pressed and fermented juice. Light dinner fare is included! $8. Sign up through OPERS.


  • December 2017

  • Monday, December 4, 10 am - 2 pm, Quarry Plaza: Produce Pop Up
    Get fresh organic produce from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local organic growers. This year we are pricing down our produce even more (about a 50% decrease) and "doubling up bucks" for EBT customers - meaning you can get double the produce for the amount you spend! See you at Quarry Plaza! The Produce Pop Up takes place on Mondays through Fall Quarter.

    Friday, December 8: Deadline for UCSC Students to Apply for 2017-2018 Measure 43 Funding
    Applications due for Measure 43 funding to support UCSC undergraduate research and education projects. See the details here.


  • January 2018

  • 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.

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