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!

    September 2017

  • Sunday, September 3, 2 pm - 3:30 pm, UCSC Farm: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
    Take a free, docent-led 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

    Tuesday, September 5, 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 early November.

    first 50 logoWednesday, September 6: Dining for Farmers Dinner Series – La Posta
    La Posta will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, September 6 to support beginning farmer and gardener training at the UCSC Farm & Garden. 538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95062. 831-457-2782.

    first 50 logoWednesday, September 13: Dining for Farmers Dinner Series – Soif
    Soif will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, September 13 to support beginning farmer and gardener training at the UCSC Farm & Garden. 105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 831-423-2020.

    Thursday, September 14, 1 pm - 2 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.

    first 50 logoWednesday, September 20: Dining for Farmers Dinner Series – Ella's at the Airport
    Ella's at the Airport will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, September 20 to support beginning farmer and gardener training at the UCSC Farm & Garden. 100 Aviation Way, Watsonville, 95076. 831-728-2382.

    Wednesday, September 20: Harvest Festival Tabling Space Sign-Up Deadline
    Campus and community groups are invited to sign up for tabling space at the Fall Harvest Festival, taking place on Sunday, October 1. See the tabling sign up form.

    Sunday, September 24, 11 am - 5 pm, UCSC Farm: Queer Farmer Field Day
    Join us in celebrating the intersections of queer and trans family, agroecology, and our movements for racial justice and gender liberation with a day of creativity and connection at the UCSC Farm.
    Come explore what it means to be queer, farmers, and queer farmers! All are welcome! Activities include:
    farm tours! collaborative art pieces! bouquet making! queer ecology real talk! face painting! a magical Photo Booth! and live musical performances! + delicious food (lunch provided)
    This event is hosted by the Queer Farmers of the Ecological Horticulture Apprenticeship program at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

    first 50 logoWednesday, September 27: Dining for Farmers Dinner Series – Assembly
    Assembly will donate a portion of its proceeds on Wednesday, September 27 to support beginning farmer and gardener training at the UCSC Farm & Garden. 1108 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, 95060. 831-824-6100.

    Thursday, September 28, 1 pm - 2 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.

    Thursday, September 28: Initial Review for Senior Ag Tech Position begins
    See details at job number 1707440 on the UCSC Jobs website.

    Saturday, September 30: Deadline for US citizens to apply to the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture training program (deadline for international applicants is August 15)


  • 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 early November.

    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.

    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!

    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.


  • 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.

    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


  • December 2017

  • 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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