2018 Events and Workshops


    May 2018

  • Sunday, May 6, 12-3 pm, OPERS: Ayurvedic Cooking Workshop – Healing the Gut, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Ayurveda believes that the foundation of health starts with the digestive system. This workshop is a hands- on demonstration of how to cook inspired by Ayurveda, and the best spices, herbs, and vegetables to cook for the season. Click here to register through OPERS. 

    Sunday, May 6, 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, May 12, 9:30 am-12:30 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. Register here for this class.
    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. 
    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. 

    Sunday, May 13, 12-3 pm, Rachel Carson College Dining Hall: Natural Dye Workshop, a Food Systems Learning Journey
    Gather in the Rachel Carson College Garden for an adventure through textiles and the plants and people that dye them. Learn about the evolution of dye from its origins in the natural environment to what is used now. We will discuss plants and processes to create dye at a small garden scale and then will use them to dye different materials—so bring any CLEAN fabric or clothes you would like to transform. Register through OPERS.

    May 15–18, Peace United Church, Kresge Town Hall: Right Livelihood Award North American Laureate Conference
    In May 2018, a group of Right Livelihood change-makers based in Canada and the US will convene at the University of California, Santa Cruz to discuss challenges and opportunities for advancing social and economic justice.  In these tumultuous  times, this meeting will deepen and ground our local efforts toward a more sustainable, equitable, and peaceful world. See the website for a list of public talks and workshops taking place as part of the conference.

    Thursday, May 24, 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. 


  • June 2018

  • Fridays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 12 noon-6 pm, corner of Bay & High Streets: UCSC Farm & Garden Market Cart
    June 1 is the Opening Day of the 2018 Market Cart season! 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, June 2, 12 noon-2 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: A Garden of Poetry & Music
    Join us for this annual celebration as local poets and musicians share their talents in the beautiful setting of the historic Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz. This year's poets include:Farnaz Fatemi, Stephen Kessler,Ingrid Moody LaRiviere, Steven Meadows, Dan Phillips, David Robles, and Kai Siedenburg. Music by Olivia Erwin on oboe. Free event, all are welcome!

    Sunday, June 3, 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.


  • July 2018

  • Sunday, July 1, 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, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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.

    Thursday, July 12 and Thursday, July 26, 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 August 9, August 23, September 13, and September 27.

    Sunday, July 15, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: Grow Your Own! Selecting, Growing, and Arranging Your Own Backyard Bouquets
    Truly local and DIY! Learn how to select, grow, and arrange annual flowers and perennials from your garden and yard to create beautiful bouquets. Register here for this workshop.
    Alan Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and his daughter, flower grower and bouquet maker Caroline Martin, will discuss how to select a range of blooms and grow them organically. Orin will focus on the many varieties of plants that can generate year-round blossoms in your yard, and Caroline will demonstrate the basic steps and principles used to create your own bouquets. Caroline is founder of Wild Moon Flowers, a flower growing and floral design service located in Santa Cruz.

    Saturday, July 28, 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.


  • August 2018

  • 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.

    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.

    Sunday, August 19, 3 pm - 9 pm, UCSC Farm and Cowell Ranch Hay Barn: Annual Farm to Fork Dinner
    Save the date for our annual fundraising dinner! This year's dinner will take place field-side on the UCSC Farm, followed by dessert and music in the Hay Barn. Details and ticket information coming soon!


  • 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.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.


  • 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.


  • 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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