2019 Events and Workshops


    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.

    Monday, March 11, 10 am, Hay Barn: UCCE Candidate talk by Dr. Gerardo (Gerry) Spinelli
    Join us for the first of three candidate talks for the UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Organic Production position, to be based with CASFS and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Additional details here.

    Tuesday, March 12, 10 am, Hay Barn: UCCE Candidate talk by Dr. Joji Muramoto
    Join us for the second of three candidate talks for the UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Organic Production position, to be based with CASFS and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Additional details here.

    Friday, March 15, 10 am, Hay Barn: UCCE Candidate talk by Dr. Barbara Baraibar
    Join us for the third of three candidate talks for the UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Organic Production position, to be based with CASFS and Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Additional details here.

    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.


  • 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.

    Friday, May 10, 3 - 5 pm, Hay Barn: Farming While Black – a book talk by author Leah Penniman
    Author Leah Penniman discusses the history of Black farmers and their contributions to agriculture, traditional farming knowledge, and foodways as described in her book Farming While Black. Penniman is the founder of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York.

    This free event is cosponsored by CASFS, UCSC Farm & Garden, UCSC Food Systems Working Group, Farmers of the Global Majority, Pie Ranch, and Fare Resources. For more information contact us at casfs@ucsc.edu, or 831-459-3240. 

    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.


  • 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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