CASFS presents Fall Harvest Festival on September 29

September 06, 2019

Celebrate the abundance of the fall harvest at the beautiful UC Santa Cruz Farm on September 29 from 11am to 5pm. Fun for all ages, the annual Fall Harvest Festival will feature live music, workshops, tours, kids crafts and activities, hay rides, an apple pie contest, and much more! This year’s festival will also be a 40th birthday celebration for Life Lab.


Live music at this year’s festival will include the Banana Slug String Band, Diana Gameros, and Sensory TRIBE. Attendees can also enjoy a workshop on bouquet-making, an herb walk, a bee talk, and more fun activities. Plus, join the "More than a Farm" Tour to learn about the research, social justice work, and community outreach happening at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

Visitors of all ages are invited to sample apples, try out the apple press to make fresh cider, enter the apple pie baking contest, and enjoy delicious food from local vendors. Organically-grown produce and flowers will also be available for sale—and be sure to pick out a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch!

Festival-goers are invited to enter the apple pie contest by 12:30pm the day of the event (see rules at There will be fun prizes for contest winners and the first ten entrants.

Admission is free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden; general admission is $5 (cash only). Limited free parking will be available at the Hay Barn, Campus Facilities, and Barn Theater parking lots. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, bus, or ride-share to the event. Bring a reusable water bottle to help us make this a waste-free event.

The Harvest Festival is cosponsored by CASFS, the UCSC Food Systems Working Group (FSWG), Life Lab, UCSC’s Measure 43, and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden. For a complete schedule of events, directions to the UCSC Farm, and pie contest rules, visit For more information call (831) 459-3240 or email

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