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!

    November 2017

  • Wednesday, November 1, 6 pm - 8 pm, Hay Barn: Friends of the Farm & Garden Annual Meeting
    Friends of the Farm & Garden members and those considering joining the Friends are invited to savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and the good company of fellow Friends members and UCSC Farm & Garden supporters. Hear about Farm & Garden 2017 highlights from our 50th anniversary and plans for the upcoming year. CASFS Executive Director Daniel Press will talk about CASFS activities. 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 FarmFree 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

    Mondays, November 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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.

    first 50 logoWednesday, November 8, 6 pm - 8 pm, Hay Barn: Improvisations on the Land: The Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Reinvented. A conversation with architect Richard Fernau (Cowell '69).
    Please join us for a special evening presentation by architect and Cowell College alumnus Richard Fernau, who will speak about the renovation/reinvention of the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn in the context of his recently published book, “Improvisations on the Land: the Houses of Fernau & Hartman.”
    A reception will take place from 6-7 pm, with the presentation beginning at 7 pm. For more information and to RSVP, call 831-459-2339, or send email to casfs@ucsc.edu.

    Monday–Friday, November 13–17, Food & Housing Justice Week: Ensuring Basic Needs for All, various sites throughout campus
    Take part in a variety of activities as part of Food & Housing Justice week. See details.

    Tuesday, November 28, 7 am - 4 pm, River Café, 415 River St., Santa Cruz. Giving Tuesday Benefit
    River Café in Santa Cruz will hold a "10% day" on Tuesday, November 28 as part of Giving Tuesday to benefit the training programs of the CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship. 


  • 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

  • Saturday, January 6, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden: Navigating the Highs (and Lows) of Rose Growing
    Roses can be finicky, but persistence pays off! This class will be a lively, 3-dimensional primer on growing roses in the home garden. Appropriate whether you have (or are planning to have) 1, 10, or 100 roses, for while scale matters, the basics are the same. Taught by Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden, this workshop will cover a variety of topics including selection, planting, pruning, and year-round care. Registration information.

    Saturday, January 13, 9:30 am - 12 pm, UCSC Farm: #HomeGrownFruit—Basic Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
    Review the goals and techniques of pruning fruit trees in this lecture and demonstration workshop. Get some hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. Information on varietal selection, tools, timing, techniques, and more, with Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden. Rainout date is February 3. Registration information.

    Tuesday, January 16, 4:40 - 6:30 pm, University Center: Investiture Ceremony for Stephen R. Gliessman Presidential Chair in Water Resources and Food System Sustainability
    This event recognizes a new chair honoring emeritus professor Stephen Gliessman and his development of the field of Agroecology. The chair will support research and teaching on the linkages between water resources and sustainable food systems, with a special focus on groundwater research and ancillary interests in watersheds and surface water management. It was established with a $500,000 gift from the Helen and Will Webster Foundation and matching funds from the UC Regents. Admission to the event is free - please register.

    Saturday, January 20, 10 am - 12 pm, San Lorenzo Garden Center: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. Bring your questions about appropriate varieties, soil preparation, and more! 
    Note: This event will happen rain or shine! There is indoor space available for this session. If you have rain concerns call San Lorenzo Garden Center, 423-0223.

    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.

    Saturday, January 27, 10 am - 12 pm, The Garden Company, 2218 Mission Street, Santa Cruz: Free Fruit Tree Q&A Session
    Join Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden for a free talk and Q&A session on fruit trees. Bring your questions about appropriate varieties, soil preparation, and more! 
    Note: This event will happen rain or shine! There is indoor space available for this session. If you have rain concerns call The Garden Company at 831.429-8424.

     


  • February 2018

  • Sunday, February 11, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Hay Barn at UCSC: #HomeGrownFruit—Citrus Workshop for the Home Gardener and Small Scale Grower
    Add some zest to your garden or small-scale orchard! Join us  for a workshop at the UC Santa Cruz Hay Barn focused on citrus. The workshop will include a tasting of locally grown citrus varieties. Led by Daniel Paduano, owner of Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm, and Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden, this workshop will address the best varieties of citrus (lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, and more) for the Monterey Bay region; how to select and prepare a planting site; how to plant; and how to irrigate, fertilize, prune, and control pests and diseases in a range of citrus trees. Includes a tasting of locally grown citrus. Registration information.

    Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, February 25, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden:#HomeGrownFruit—Weekend Bootcamp for the Home Orchardist
    Whether you're growing (or planning to grow) one tree or a small orchard, this weekend intensive workshop will equip the home fruit grower or small-scale fruit farmer with the information and techniques to grow a wide variety of deciduous fruit trees successfully. 

    The 2-day workshop will feature:
           Short presentations on the basics of fruit tree growing
           Demonstrations of basic procedures and techniques involved in fruit tree growing 
           Hands-on activities, including planting and fertilizing 

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Please bring a picnic lunch for Saturday. See additional details at the registration site.


  • March 2018

  • Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am - 12 pm, Alan Chadwick Garden at UCSC:  In Praise of the Raised Bed - Garden Bed Preparation, Chadwick Style!
    Join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin for a special workshop about garden bed preparation, featuring the classic double digging technique that Alan Chadwick introduced at the Student Garden Project (now the Chadwick Garden) 50 years ago. 
    Learn when and how to create and maintain garden beds, incorporate compost, and maintain your beds through the years with cover crops and careful cultivation practices. The workshop will also review "intensive" planting techniques, including intercropping, to maximize production in your garden beds. Registration information.

  • April 2018

  • Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 3 pm, and Sunday, April 29, 10 am - 2 pm, Barn Theater Parkng lot: UCSC Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale
    Join us for the annual Spring Plant Sale! All plants are organically grown at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden, and include a wide selection of annual vegetables and flowers, along with wonderful perennials for the landscape. Plants are selected for their proven performance in the Monterey Bay region. Proceeds benefit the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture training program.
    Please note: Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden members are invited to attend a special "members's hour" starting at 9 am on Saturday. Membership renewals and new memberships are available starting at 8:30 am that morning. The sale also takes place on Sunday, April 29 from 10 am to 2 pm (no early entry on Sunday). For more information call 831-459-340 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

    Saturday, April 28, 10 am - 12 pm: Free tour of the UCSC Farm
    As part of UCSC's Alumni Weekend, take a docent-led tour of the UCSC Farm. Meet at the Hay Barn to start the tour.