Food System Learning Journey and Maui Spring Break Trip Sign Ups Open

Title: Food System Learning Journey and Maui Spring Break Trip Sign Ups Open
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Description: Sign up for Winter Quarter Food System Learning Journeys and the Maui spring break trip.
See http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html for learning journey details
See http://www.ucscrecreation.com/springbreakTrips.html for details of the Maui food, agriculture and outdoor adventure spring break trip
Note that community members can sign up for OPERS events starting January 10
Date: 2014-01-09

Blueberries for the Home Gardener

Title: Blueberries for the Home Gardener
Location: UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, February 22, from 10 am – 1 pm, join CASFS/UCSC Farm field production manager Liz Milazzo to learn about varietal selection, site selection, planting, pruning and general care of blueberries in the home garden.

PRE REGISTRATION: $30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students. PAY ONLINE at http://berryclass.bpt.me or call 831.459-3240, casfs@ucsc.edu for information on pre-registering by check.

PAY AT THE DOOR: $40 for general public, $30 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students (cash or check only).

Note: Heavy rain cancels. FULL REFUND IF RAIN CANCELS EVENT. Rainout date March 1

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-02-22
End Time: 13:00

Stone Fruit Pruning Workshop

Title: Stone Fruit Pruning Workshop
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, February 15, from 10 am – 1 pm, join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martina and Orchard Keepers founder Matthew Sutton to review the goals and techniques of pruning plum, peach, apricot, and other stone fruit trees. Get some hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. Dress warmly and bring a snack. $30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students, payable the day of the workshop (cash or check only). Note: Heavy rain cancels.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-02-15
End Time: 13:00

Pome Fruit Weekend Intensive

Title: Pome Fruit Weekend Intensive
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on February 8-9 from 10 am – 4 pm at UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden for a weekend devoted to pome fruits (focus on apples and pears).Learn how to select appropriate pome tree varieties and planting sites; choose and use the right tools; prepare the planting hole; plant, fertilize, and prune your trees; set up an irrigation system; and control pests and diseases. Lecture and hands-on format. This workshop will be taught by Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin assisted by Sky DeMuro and Zoe Hitchner. Registration cost includes Fruit Tree Reader.

$250 general/$225 Friends of the Farm & Garden members/$75 UCSC students. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, February 5. Registration details and online registration site information will be announced here by November 15.
Start Date: 2014-02-08
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2014-02-09
End Time: 16:00

Weekend Pome Fruit Intensive

Title: Weekend Pome Fruit Intensive
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on February 8-9 from 10 am – 4 pm at UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden for a weekend devoted to pome fruits (focus on apples and pears). Learn how to select appropriate pome tree rootstocks, varieties and planting sites; choose and use the right tools; prepare the planting hole; plant, fertilize, and prune your trees; set up an irrigation system; plant cover crops; and control pests and diseases. Lecture and hands-on format. This workshop will be taught by Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin assisted by Sky DeMuro and Zoe Hitchner. Cost includes Fruit Tree Reader.
$225 for Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden/$250 general/$75 UCSC students. Pre-registration required by Wednesday, February 5. Registration details and online registration site will be announced here by November 15.
Start Date: 2013-02-08
Start Time: 10:00
End Date: 2013-02-09
End Time: 16:00

Basic Pome Fruit Pruning, with a Focus on Apples and Pears

Title: Basic Pome Fruit Pruning, with a Focus on Apples and Pears
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: Review the goals and techniques of pruning apple, pear, and other pome fruit trees with Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and Orchard Keepers owner Matthew Sutton. Get some hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. Wear warm clothes and bring a snack; heavy rain cancels.
$30 for general public, $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $5 for current UCSC students, payable the day of the workshop (cash or check only). Note: rainout date = February 23.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2014-02-01
End Time: 13:00

Fruit Tree Q&A Session

Title: Fruit Tree Q&A Session
Location: The Garden Company, 2218 Mission Street, Santa Cruz
Description: On Saturday, January 11, from 11 am – 1 pm, bring your fruit tree questions to this free Q&A session with fruit tree experts from the UCSC Farm & Garden and Orchard Keepers. Learn about varieties that perform well on the Central Coast, along with fruit tree care tips.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2014-01-11
End Time: 13:00

Film Showing: A Place at the Table

Title: Film Showing: A Place at the Table
Description: On Wednesday, November 13, you’re invited to a free film screening of A Place at the Table, an award-winning look at issues of hunger in America. The event takes place from 6:30-9 pm at Thimann 003 on UCSC’s Science Hill.

The evening includes a panel discussion featuring Willy Elliot-McCrea, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. This event kicks off UCSC’s annual holiday food drive. Parking for the event is available at the “West Core Garage” and “N” permits are available for purchase in the garage for $3.

For more information contact Tim Galaraneau, tgalarne@ucsc.edu, 831.459-3248.

This event is co-sponsored by the UCSC Hunger Drive Committee, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Food Systems Working Group, UCSC Dining Services, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2013-11-13
End Time: 21:00

Free Screening of A Place at the Table, November 13

On Wednesday, November 13, you’re invited to a free film screening of A Place at the Table, an award-winning look at issues of hunger in America. The event takes place from 6:30–9 pm at Thimann 003 on UCSC’s Science Hill.

The evening includes a panel discussion featuring Willy Elliot-McCrea, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank. This event kicks off UCSC’s annual holiday food drive. Parking for the event is available at the “West Core Garage” and “N” permits are available for purchase in the garage for $3. Click here for additional details.

This event is co-sponsored by the UCSC Hunger Drive Committee, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Food Systems Working Group, UCSC Dining Services, and Second Harvest Food Bank.


Food Week Activity: Cooking for a Crowd

Title: Food Week Activity: Cooking for a Crowd
Location: PICA/Sustainable Living Center, UCSC
Description: On Sunday, October 27 from 11 am – 2 pm, learn how to cook for a crowd with seasonal ingredients at this free workshop. RSVP required! Please contact srcardon@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-10-27
End Time: 14:00

Food Week Activity: Friends of the Agroecology Network (FoCAN) seminar

Title: Food Week Activity: Friends of the Agroecology Network (FoCAN) seminar
Location: Building A-3, Sustainable Living Center, UCSC
Description: On Tuesday, October 22 from 6-8 pm join the Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN) for a seminar on Cultivating a Daily Revolution: Food Sovereignty, Interculturality, and Social Justice
Start Time: 18:00
Date: 2013-10-22
End Time: 20:00

Behind the Kitchen Door

Title: Behind the Kitchen Door
Location: Oakes Learning Center, UCSC
Description: On Monday, October 28, at 6:30 pm, Author Saru Jayaraman discusses her book Behind the Kitchen Door, an exploration of working conditions in America’s restaurants. The talkwill be followed by a Q&A session with Gretchen Regenhardt, attorney with the California Rural Legal Assistance group, which is launching a survey and research project on low-wage restaurant workers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. This event is presented by the Center for Labor Studies and by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and cosponsored by UCSC’s Sociology Department, Chicano Latino Resource Center, Oakes College, and Institute for Humanities Research. For more information email smckay@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2013-10-28
End Time: 21:00

Viticulture and Regional Terroir

Title: Viticulture and Regional Terroir
Location: Leaves from Recreation Center Porch, East Fieldhouse
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Description: The Central Coast of California is home to one of the world’s premier viticulture regions with incredible history and an exciting future. On Wednesday, November 6, this learning journey will bring us to Sones Winery to learn firsthand from a seasoned wine making family, Michael and Lois Sones, on the ups, downs, ins, and outs of producing and bottling regional wines with a small production emphasis. Participants will learn details on sourcing, producing, and aging wine while cultivating community around this ancient pressed and fermented juice. You must be at least 21 years old (bring valid ID).
Register online at: http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html
Community members welcome!
Start Time: 17:45
Date: 2013-11-06
End Time: 20:45

Food System Learning Journey: We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Title: Food System Learning Journey: We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Location: Leaves from Recreation Center Porch, East Fieldhouse
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Description: No matter the age, everybody screams for ice cream! With the plethora of ice cream shops that Santa Cruz has to offer, it can be hard to choose where to go when the sweet tooth attacks! Join us on Saturday, October 26 for a tour of some of Santa Cruz’s specialty ice cream shops for a behind the scenes look at ice cream production, from pasteurization to storage to tasting!
Register online at: http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html
Community members welcome!
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-10-26
End Time: 17:00

Food System Learning Journey: UCSC’s Campus Gardens

Title: Food System Learning Journey: UCSC’s Campus Gardens
Location: Leaves from Recreation Center Porch, East Fieldhouse, 4 pm
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Description: Join us on Friday, October 25 to learn about the unique and vibrant realm of campus gardens and the CASFS Farm. This introductory workshop will weave in history, flavorful tasting, and hands-on opportunities as we explore the diverse sites of production and education of food and agriculture at UCSC. We’ll end at the Village beside the PICA Garden to a bountiful tasting menu of seasonal and UCSC grown dishes to start off your weekend with a fresh perspective!
Register online for this free event at: http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html
Community members welcome!
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-10-25
End Time: 19:00

Food Systems Learning Journey: From Farmers’ Market to Farm Fresh Cooking

Title: Food Systems Learning Journey: From Farmers’ Market to Farm Fresh Cooking
Location: Leaves from Recreation Center Porch, East Fieldhouse
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Description: Integrating local, fresh product and exploring the role of authentic spices and flavors from India Joze’s kitchens will provide an exciting excursion! On Wednesday, October 16 we’ll begin with a visit to the downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market to walk, taste, and gather ingredients to bring to our second destination, India Joze. Join us as we learn how Joe’s inspiration, history, and the magic of the wok come together with some flavorful fusions to taste while exploring the role of sustainability and food choices in the weekly farmers’ market meal!

Register online at: http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html
Start Time: 16:30
Date: 2013-10-16
End Time: 20:30

Food System Learning Journey: Seed Saving

Title: Food System Learning Journey: Seed Saving
Location: UCSC Farm (or leave from the UCSC Recreation Office Porch, East Fieldhouse)
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Description: On Saturday, October 12 ,come learn the importance of seed saving, why individuals should save seed and not rely on larger companies to provide it, and how to harvest seeds! Participants will walk away with a handful of gorgeous seeds and know what to do with them!

Register online at http://www.ucscrecreation.com/foodSystemsLearningJourneys.html for this free event.

Community members welcome!

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-10-12
End Time: 13:00

Sustainability Tent at the OPERS Fall Festival

Title: Sustainability Tent at the OPERS Fall Festival
Location: East Field, UC Santa Cruz
Description: On Tuesday, September 24 from 3-6 pm, the Food Systems Working Group in conjunction with the Campus Sustainability Office will be hosting the annual Sustainability Tent at the OPERS Fall Festival.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-09-24
End Time: 18:00

Choosing and Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden and Orchard

Title: Choosing and Using Cover Crops in the Home Garden and Orchard
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Link out: Click here
Description: Planting cover crops is one of the most effective ways to improve and protect your garden and orchard’s soil. Learn how to select, plant, and harvest/incorporate cover crops in the home garden and orchard at this lecture/demonstration workshop led by Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin. The workshop takes place from 10 am – 1 pm on Saturday, October 12, at the Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack.

Register online using this site, or pay at the door with cash or check. $30 general admission, $20 for Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, $5 for current UCSC students. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-10-12
End Time: 13:00

Demeter Seed Project Quarterly Exchange

Title: Demeter Seed Project Quarterly Exchange
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, August 31st, from 2-5 pm, join us at the UCSC Farm for a free seed exchange: come to connect, learn and trade seeds for the season ahead! For more information, send email to demeterseedlibrary@gmail.com
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013-08-31
End Time: 17:00

School Food Policy Forum

Title: School Food Policy Forum
Location: New Brighton Middle School, Capitola, CA
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Description: A free workshop on school food policy will take place from 3-4:45 pm, as part of the School Food Innovations workshop. Please use the link to register for the policy forum.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-06-19
End Time: 16:45

When Does Science Become Justice? Scientific Evidence, Pesticides, and Food System Justice

Title: When Does Science Become Justice? Scientific Evidence, Pesticides, and Food System Justice
Location: Engineering 2, 599, UCSC
Description: Join us for this free talk sponsored by the Science and Justice Research Center, and co-sponsored by CASFS and the Food Systems Working Group. Questions? Contact scijust@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-28
End Time: 18:00

Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm

Title: Free Guided Tour of the UCSC Farm
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: On Sunday, November 3, take a free, guided tour of one of Santa Cruz’s most beautiful locations—the 30-acre organic farm at UC Santa Cruz. Guided tours are offered the first Sunday of the month from 2-3:30 pm and meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse on the UCSC Farm.

The UCSC Farm is located 1/4 mile up the gravel road above the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available in the parking lot at the corner of Coolidge Drive and Carriage House Road, near the main entrance to the UCSC campus. For directions, see http://casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions-2.

Note: Heavy rain cancels
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013-11-03
End Time: 15:30

Save Our Seas: Marine Conservation and Sustainable Seafood

Title: Save Our Seas: Marine Conservation and Sustainable Seafood
Location: Interdisciplinary Science Bldg (ISB) 221, UC Santa Cruz
Description: On Wednesday, May 22 from 5 pm-7 pm, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols joins representatives from the local fishing industry (Faces of California Fishing) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program for a panel discussion on the impact of fishing on the ocean ecosystem and what we can do to save our seas! Questions? email nattran@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2013-05-22
End Time: 19:00

3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner

Title: 3rd Annual Farm to Fork Dinner
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Save the date! Our annual Farm to Fork Dinner will take place on Sunday, September 15 at the CASFS/UCSC Farm. This event is in the planning stages so check back for details.
Start Time: 15:00
Date: 2013-09-15
End Time: 19:00

Meet the CASFS Director and Tour the Hay Barn Site

Title: Meet the CASFS Director and Tour the Hay Barn Site
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, June 29 starting at 10 am enjoy fresh strawberry shortcake and take a tour of the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn restoration project and the new UCSC Farm fields. Daniel Press, executive director of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, will lead the tour. Meet at the Louise Cain Gatehouse at the UCSC Farm for this free event.
RSVP by June 25 to Amy Bolton, 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-06-29
End Time: 12:00

CAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange – A Success!

WelcomeSignCAN’s 4th Annual Youth Exchange or Intercambio took place from May 15-23, 2014, in the coffee-growing highlands of Veracruz, México. The Youth Exchange brought 32 youth leaders together to share experiences and knowledge about building food sovereignty in their own communities. The majority of the youth are leaders or promotores from CAN’s Food Security and Sovereignty Initiatives in Nicaragua (San Ramón and Las Segovias) and México (Quintana Roo and Veracruz). The youth leaders were joined by university students from the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo in Veracruz, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. CAN’s non-profit partner in Veracruz, VIDA A.C. (Vinculación y Desarrollo Agroecológico en Café), hosted the Youth Exchange.

For eight days, the youth engaged in capacity building exchanges, workshops and field visits. They taught each other how to make homemade fertilizers, tell captivating stories for social change, grow a milpa Maya (corn and beans), and catalyze social innovation. The program included visits to home gardens, coffee farms, markets, and a cooperative focused on sustainable living and workshops about permaculture, raising chickens, and ecotechnologies. It also included a university forum organized by CAN-affiliated researcher, Carlos Guadarrama (Professor of Agroecology, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo), about community struggles to maintain control of seeds and water resources. Throughout the Exchange, youth explored new ideas for increasing food sovereignty at the community level, and reflected on how to contextualize these efforts within broader social and political contexts.

The Youth Exchange also provided the youth with an opportunity to evaluate their work to achieve food sovereignty and make concrete plans for the coming year. They committed to sharing their experience at the Youth Exchange with their home communities, implementing practices learned from each other, maintaining regular communication, and creating a resource that compiles their collective expertise. In particular, the youth expressed a lot of excitement about applying their new knowledge about ecotechnologies.

Symphony of the Soil Benefit Screening

Title: Symphony of the Soil Benefit Screening
Location: Nickelodeon Theater, 210 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz, CA
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Description: Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 11 am – 1 pm for this benefit screening of “The Symphony of the Soil.” Drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science, Symphony of the Soil looks at the importance of soil to life on this planet and tells the stories of scientists and farmers developing alternatives to chemical agriculture to replenish instead of kill the soil used for planting. Proceeds benefit the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture’s scholarship fund. Tickets are $10 and are available at http://symphonyofthesoil.bpt.me
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-05-11
End Time: 13:00

Demeter Seed Exchange

Title: Demeter Seed Exchange
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, May 11, the Demeter Seed Project will be hosting its quarterly Seed Exchange from 2-5pm at the UCSC Farm and Gardens (centered around the Gate House). The Seed Exchange is free and open to the public…all welcomed up to the CASFS/UCSC Farm!
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013-05-11
End Time: 17:00

Strawberries, Justice, and Seeding Change on the Central Coast

Title: Strawberries, Justice, and Seeding Change on the Central Coast
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us to savor the sweet seasonal flavor of organic strawberries from the UCSC Farm and Central Coast. This event will include live music, an engaging panel on agriculture and labor, a farm-based scavenger hunt, strawberry tasting, and more. Free for UCSC students, Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, and kids 12 and under; $5 donation requested from others.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-05-16
End Time: 19:00

Behind the Kitchen door reading by author Saru Jayaraman

Title: Behind the Kitchen door reading by author Saru Jayaraman
Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 95062
Description: A free reading by author Saru Jayaraman: How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions–discrimination, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens–affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? In Behind the Kitchen Door, Saru Jayaraman sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in nine major cities. Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. Jayaraman sets out a bold agenda to raise the living standards of the nation’s second-largest private sector workforce–and ensure that dining out is a positive experience on both sides of the kitchen door. Behind The Kitchen Door was published in 2013 by Cornell University Press.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-03-21
End Time: 21:00

Farm and Garden Fall Plant Sale

Title: Farm and Garden Fall Plant Sale
Location: Corner of Bay & High Streets, base of the UCSC campus
Description: Fall is a wonderful time to plant vegetable crops to extend your gardening season and give perennials a good head start for spring. The region’s best-suited varieties of organically grown winter vegetables and landscape plants will be available. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% off all purchases. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-09-07
End Time: 14:00

Fall Harvest Festival

Title: Fall Harvest Festival
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on the UCSC Farm and celebrate the fall harvest with music, food, tours, workshops and much more. $5 general admission, free for current UCSC students, children 12 and under, and members of the Friends of the Farm and Garden. Call 831.459-3240 or email us at casfs@ucsc.edu with questions. Additional details will be posted this summer.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-09-29
End Time: 17:00

Fall Gardening Workshop

Title: Fall Gardening Workshop
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Link out: Click here
Description: Gardening instructor Trish Hildinger will teach you how to plan ahead and extend your gardening season with timely tips on what to plant and how to plant it for harvest in November and through the winter. This workshop is designed for beginning and intermediate gardeners. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a snack. $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $30 for general public, $5 for UCSC students. Pay online at http://fallgarden.bpt.me, or at the workshop (cash or check only). For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-08-25
End Time: 13:00

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop

Title: Summer Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Location: UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Saturday, July 27 to learn the basic skills of summer fruit tree pruning. This workshop will be taught by Matthew Sutton, owner of Orchard Keepers. $30 general admission, $20 Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, $5 UCSC students. For more information call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-07-27
End Time: 13:00

Poetry and Music in the Garden

Title: Poetry and Music in the Garden
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Saturday, June 22 for one of our favorite events of the year as regional poets and musicians gather in the historic Alan Chadwick Garden to share their work. Free admission.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2013-06-22
End Time: 14:00

Selecting, Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers

Title: Selecting, Growing and Arranging Cut Flowers
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: Join us on Sunday, June 9 for a day-long workshop on selecting, growing and arranging cut flowers. Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and Zoe Hitchner of Everett Family Farm team up to teach this workshop at the historic Alan Chadwick Garden. $85 general admission, $75 Friends of the Farm & Garden, $40 UCSC students. Pre-registration required. For more information call 831.459-3240, or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2013-06-09
End Time: 16:00

Garden Cruz Weekend Gardening Intensive

Title: Garden Cruz Weekend Gardening Intensive
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Link out: Click here
Description: Join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin along with Zoe HItchner and Sky DeMuro of Everett Family Farm for this weekend course on organic gardening skills. Learn the basic suite of skills necessary to start and manage your organic garden. $250 general admission, $225 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $150 for UCSC students. Details and registration information at http://gardencruz.bpt.me. Pre-registration required, class size limited.
Start Date: 2013-04-27
Start Time: 09:30
End Date: 2013-04-28
End Time: 16:00

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop

Title: Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop
Location: Live Oak Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz, 95062
Description: On Saturday, March 23, join the California Rare Fruit Growers for this hands-on workshop in fruit tree grafting. $30 general admission, $20 Friends of the Farm and Garden, $5 UCSC students. Free entry for CRFG and Live Oak Grange members.
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2013-03-23
End Time: 16:00

Compost and Cover Crops for the Home Garden and Orchard

Title: Compost and Cover Crops for the Home Garden and Orchard
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: On Saturday, March 30, join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin with Sky DeMuro and Zoe Hitchner of Everett Family Farm for a 3-hour workshop on how to make quality compost, and how to select, plant and use cover crops in the home garden and orchard. $30 general admission, $20 Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, $5 UCSC students. Call 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu for more information.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-03-30
End Time: 13:00

Fifth session, Farm & Garden docent training

Title: Fifth session, Farm & Garden docent training
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: Docent training continues on Tuesday, April 9. Learn to lead tours of the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden at this free 5-week docent training. See the link out for details, or call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-04-09
End Time: 17:30

Fourth session, Farm & Garden docent training

Title: Fourth session, Farm & Garden docent training
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: Docent training continues on Tuesday, April 2. Learn to lead tours of the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden at this free 5-week docent training. See the link out for details, or call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-04-02
End Time: 17:30

Third session, Farm & Garden Docent Training

Title: Third session, Farm & Garden Docent Training
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: Docent training continues on Tuesday, March 26; learn to lead tours of the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden at this free 5-session docent training. See link out for details, or call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-03-26
End Time: 17:30

Second session, Farm & Garden Docent Training

Title: Second session, Farm & Garden Docent Training
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: Docent training continues on Tuesday, March 19; learn to lead tours of the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden at this free 5-session docent training. See link out for details, or call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2013-03-19
End Time: 17:30

Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech, and the Future of Food Systems-A Panel Discussion

Title: Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech, and the Future of Food Systems-A Panel Discussion
Location: UCSC Media Theater (park at Performing Arts Lot)
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Description: A presentation and panel discussion on Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, Biotech and the Future of Food Systems will take place on Saturday, February 23, from 7-10 pm at UCSC’s Media Theater. Noted panelists include Pamela Ronald, UC Davis; Miguel Altieri, UC Berkeley; Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First; and Joseph DeVries, director of the Program for Africa’s Seed Systems (invited).

This event is free and open to the public. Please use the Link out link to pre-register. For more information contact tgalarne@ucsc.edu or 831.459-3248.

Hosted by the UCSC Food Systems Working Group, UCSC Science and Justice Research Center, and CASFS, with support from Measure 43.

Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2013-02-23
End Time: 22:00

Spring Plant Sale

Title: Spring Plant Sale
Location: Corner of Bay & High Streets, base of the UCSC campus
Description: The biggest and best collection of organically grown flower, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, grasses, and other landscape plants available in the region. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% discount on plant purchases. New memberships and renewals are available starting at 10 am on Sunday. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-05-05
End Time: 14:00

Gopher Control in the Home Garden and Orchard

Title: Gopher Control in the Home Garden and Orchard
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, April 6, Thomas Wittman, founder and owner of Gophers Limited, leads a workshop on how to control gophers and other vertebrate pests in the home garden and orchard using non-chemical methods.
$30 general public, $20 Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, $5 UCSC students. Questions? Call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-04-06
End Time: 12:00

Seed Starting Workshop

Title: Seed Starting Workshop
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
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Description: On Saturday, March 2, join us at the Alan Chadwick garden to learn the best principles and practices of seed propagation. You will go home with heirloom vegetable and flower seeds on their way to successful germination. Feel free to bring your own seeds or have free access to the diversity of open-pollinated seeds provided by the UCSC Demeter Seed Library. Starting your own seeds is a great way to bring your garden to life in a fun and economical way. See the Link out for registration details.
Start Time: 14:00
Date: 2013-03-02
End Time: 16:00

Tour of the UCSC Farm and Campus Gardens

Title: Tour of the UCSC Farm and Campus Gardens
Location: UC Santa Cruz
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Description: On Friday, February 23rd, discover the beauty and bounty of the UCSC Farm and the many campus gardens. Join us in a lovely afternoon of wandering to each garden, learn a bit about the various crops and find out ways to get involved across these experiential learning sites at UCSC. We will head down to the Sustainable Living Center around 1pm to join Program in Community Agroecology for lunch before wrapping up! See the Link out for registration details.
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2013-02-23
End Time: 14:00

Roast-n-Roll: A Bike Tour of SC Coffee Houses

Title: Roast-n-Roll: A Bike Tour of SC Coffee Houses
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Description: On Saturday, February 16, come and get your caffeine fix as we tour the best coffee houses in Santa Cruz! We will participate in a traditional coffee cupping as well as take a behind the scenes journey of coffee production as we meet local roasters, grinders, and artisans. Bring your bike all tuned to go and your favorite reusable coffee mug and if it?s rainy we?ll have a java junction van to travel in together to stay high & dry! See the Link out for registration details.

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-02-16
End Time: 15:00

The Pie’s the Limit

Title: The Pie’s the Limit
Location: Santa Cruz
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Description: On Wednesday, February 6, the secrets of pizza dough from old world to new world will be explored as we embark on tasting Santa Cruz pizza joint pies. From fast food service oriented to sit down and locally owned, we delve into the backside and front end of what it takes to run a pizza business with some cheesy experiences together! INCLUDES DINNER – Funding from measure 43 greatly supports this outing. See the Link out for registration details.
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2013-02-6
End Time: 21:30

Strengthening the Roots Convergence and Community Seed Summit

Title: Strengthening the Roots Convergence and Community Seed Summit
Location: UC Santa Cruz
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Description: From February 22-24, join hundreds of students and youth sharing skills, building relationships, and creating a healthy and just vision of their food system and communities. The Strengthening the Roots convergence at UC Santa Cruz will bring together college and high school student leaders from across California in partnership with youth based organizations to host CA’s largest student driven food, justice, and community conference to date! See the link for registration details.
Start Date: 2013-02-22
End Date: 2013-02-24

The Essence of Fruit Tree Pruning

Title: The Essence of Fruit Tree Pruning
Location: UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, February 2, join Orin Martin and Matthew Sutton at the UCSC Farm for a workshop on fruit tree pruning. This 3-hour workshop will review the goals and techniques of winter pruning for pome and stone fruits. Get some hands-on pointers on how to prune your fruit trees to maximize health and production. $30 general admission; $20 Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden; $5 current UCSC students. Note: Rainout date = Sunday, February 17. UCSC student participation supported by Measure 43.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-02-02
End Time: 13:00

Apprenticeship Mixer at the Eco-Farm Conference

Title: Apprenticeship Mixer at the Eco-Farm Conference
Location: Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
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Description: If you plan to attend the annual Ecological Farming Conference, join us at the CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship mixer on Thursday evening, January 24, from 5:30 – 6:30. Hear the latest news from the Apprenticeship, meet Daniel Press, the new director of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems, and catch up with your fellow Apprenticeship alumni, staff and friends. Check the EcoFarm website at http://ecofarm2013.org for registration and schedule details.
Start Time: 17:30
Date: 2013-01-24
End Time: 18:30

Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden

Title: Growing Blueberries in the Home Garden
Location: UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, February 16, the UCSC Farm’s field production manager Liz Milazzo will discuss soil preparation, planting, pruning, and other care tips for blueberries. Learn about what it takes to grow blueberries successfully, and the varieties that perform well in this region. Wear warm clothes and bring a snack. $30 general public, $20 for Friends’ members, $5 for UCSC students. Workshop takes place rain or shine. UCSC student participation supported by Measure 43.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-02-16
End Time: 13:00

3-day Fruit Tree Intensive Workshop

Title: 3-day Fruit Tree Intensive Workshop
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
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Description: If you’re ready to immerse yourself in the art and science of fruit tree growing, this class is for you! Taught by Alan Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martn with Sky DeMuro and Zoe Hitchner of Everett Family Farm, this 3-day in-depth course will cover the spectrum of what you need to know to successfully grow fruit trees on a backyard and small orchard scale. Through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice you’ll learn how to select appropriate varieties; choose and use the right tools; prepare the planting hole; plant, fertilize, and prune your trees; set up an irrigation system; improve the soil with cover crops; and control pests and diseases. A Fruit Tree Primer of selected readings is included in the course fee.
Class size is limited to ensure a high quality experience, with an emphasis on hands-on learning. The Friday introduction and lecture will take place from 4:30–6:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday sessions are from 10 am–4 pm.
Cost of the 3-day course is $275 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $300 general admission. Pre-registration is required. To register, send a check made payable to “UC Regents” to: Amy Bolton, CASFS/UCSC Farm, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064. For online registration, see http://fruittree.brownpapertickets.com (note that a service fee applies to online registrations). Questions? Email casfs@ucsc.edu or call 831.459-3240. Rainout dates = February 15–17.
Start Date: 2013-02-08
End Date: 2013-02-10

Salon Event Featuring Orin and Stephanie Martin

Title: Salon Event Featuring Orin and Stephanie Martin
Location: Gabriella Café, 910 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz
Description: On Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 pm, enjoy a $35 4-course dinner at Gabriella Café. Orin Martin, manager of UCSC’s Alan Chadwick Garden, will discuss the history of peppers, kale and apples and offer a tasting of these popular local crops. Stephanie Martin’s artwork will be on display, and she’ll talk about her techniques as a painter and printmaker. For reservations call 831.457-1677
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2012-11-08

Pick Up Day for Winter Produce Box

Title: Pick Up Day for Winter Produce Box
Location: CSA Barn, UCSC Farm
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Description: Reserve your special “Winter Box” of UCSC produce by November 16 for pick up on November 30 at the UCSC Farm from 12 noon – 5:30 pm. The $40 box includes a variety of organic produce from the UCSC Farm and Garden, including persimmons, apples, kiwis, greens, squash, broccoli and more. See the “Link out” for a link to the Winter Box order form.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2012-11-30
End Time: 17:30

Reserve Your Winter Produce Box

Title: Reserve Your Winter Produce Box
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: Reserve your special “Winter Box” of UCSC produce by November 16 for pick up on November 30 at the UCSC Farm. The $40 box includes a variety of organic produce from the UCSC Farm and Garden, including persimmons, apples, kiwis, greens, squash, broccoli and more. See the “Link out” for more information and a link to the downloadable order form. Questions? Call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Date: 2012-11-16

UCSC Kallari Chocolate Tasting Event

Title: UCSC Kallari Chocolate Tasting Event
Location: Alumni Room, University Center (College 9/10)
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Description: On Tuesday, November 6 from 4 pm – 6 pm, join us for a direct trade chocolate educational event. Please RSVP using the Link out.
Kallari is a farmers’ cooperative comprised of 850 indigenous Kichwa families in the Ecuadorian Amazon. They produce organic, endemic varietals of cacao on family-owned Kichwa farms, which is turned into a rich, single-source, artisanal chocolate bar. In addition to having a chocolate tasting, Kallari will talk about how they foster sustainable livelihoods, prevent rainforest degradation, and engage in direct and fair trade to negotiate better prices. Please join us in this tasting discussion and share the opportunity with your peers!
Start Time: 16:00
Date: 2012-11-06
End Time: 18:00

Fruit Tree Question & Answer Session

Title: Fruit Tree Question & Answer Session
Location: ProBuild Garden Center, 235 River Street, Santa Cruz
Description: On Sunday, January 13 from 10 am to 12 noon join fruit tree experts Orin Martin of the Alan Chadwick Garden and Matthew Sutton of Orchard Keepers for a free question and answer session. Learn about varieties that perform well on the Central Coast, along with fruit tree care tips. Friends of the Farm & Garden members receive a 10% discount on plant purchases.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-01-13
End Time: 12:00

Fruit Trees 101: Basic Fruit Tree Care

Title: Fruit Trees 101: Basic Fruit Tree Care
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Saturday, January 5 from 10 am – 1 pm learn the basics of fruit tree planting, irrigation, fertility, pest management, and winter pruning. Orchard Care founder Matthew Sutton will lead this workshop. Wear warm clothes and bring a snack; heavy rain cancels. $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $30 for general public, $5 for UCSC students, payable the day of the workshop. Note: a workshops that focuses on winter pruning will be offered on February 9 at the UCSC Farm. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Rainout = Saturday, January 12

Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-01-05
End Time: 13:00

Last Day of Market Cart

Title: Last Day of Market Cart
Location: Corner of Bay and High Streets, UCSC
Description: Friday, November 2 is the last day of the UCSC Farm and Garden Market Cart season. Stock up on seasonal veggies, fruits and flowers from 12 noon – 6 pm. The Market Cart will open again in spring 2013.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2012-11-02
End Time: 18:00

Food Day Celebration

Title: Food Day Celebration
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
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Description: On Wednesday, October 24, UCSC students are invited to the UCSC Farm from 7-9 pm to enjoy pumpkin painting and some short films as part of the Food Week activities. See the link for more information about Food Week or call 831.459-3675.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2012-10-24
End Time: 21:00

Tea Time: Sustainability and Building Community

Title: Tea Time: Sustainability and Building Community
Location: East Bay (leave from OPERS Recreation Porch)
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Description: As an alternate culture to coffee drinkers we know UCSC is home to many tea aficionados. We will visit the East Bay and begin our excursion at the Numi Tea Garden and learn about the company and its practices while sampling a wide range of teas. Following a tea inspired lunch we will visit a community garden that Numi works with for some hands-on fun! After our garden play we will seek out another East Bay tea room, Teance, to learn what makes their sourcing, design, and style original in its own right. Join us in celebrating history, cultures, and the power that tea has in our lives, communities and cups! See the web link for registration details.
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2012-10-21
End Time: 16:00

Sowing and Saving the Seeds of the CASFS Farm

Title: Sowing and Saving the Seeds of the CASFS Farm
Location: UCSC Farm
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Description: When you go to the grocery store, the farmers market, the dining hall, or even your local CSA, you may not know the story behind where the food came from. Seeds are the foundational elements, the genetic material, that make up the diverse array of produce that we are blessed to have access to. Join us at the farm to learn about the cultivars that are used for the farm stand, the CSA, and the dining halls. We will be exposed to the specific varieties that are grown at the farm, have a chance to save seeds on food crops grown at the farm, and taste the myriad of flavors at the farm. If you want to expand your appreciation for food beyond the organic label, then come learn about the cultural history behind the seeds that have been passed down from generations in the past. See the web link for registration details.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2012-11-04

From Farmers Market to Farm Fresh Cooking

Title: From Farmers Market to Farm Fresh Cooking
Location: India Joze Kitchen, downtown Santa Cruz
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Description: Integrating local, fresh product and exploring the role of authentic spices and flavors from India Joze’s kitchens will provide an exciting excursion! We’ll begin with a visit to the downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market to walk, taste, and gather ingredients to bring to our second destination, India Joze. Join us as we learn how Joe’s inspiration, history, and the magic of the wok come together with some flavorful fusions to taste while exploring the role of sustainability and food choices in the weekly farmers’ market meal! See the link for registration details.
Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2012-10-17

Canning and Pickling at Happy Girl Kitchen

Title: Canning and Pickling at Happy Girl Kitchen
Location: Pacific Grove
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Description: Join us while we preserve the best of summer’s harvest and jump into fall at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove! We will put our canning skills to the test as we preserve the longevity and flavor of delicious veggies in an age old way. Come out and learn how to can or pickle farm fresh veggies through fermentation and vinegar. Be prepared to go home with skills on canning for yourself and housemates as well as a jar or two of canned veggies to share with friends! See the link for registration details.
Start Time: 09:30
Date: 2012-11-04
End Time: 15:30

Bike to Farms and Gardens of Santa Cruz

Title: Bike to Farms and Gardens of Santa Cruz
Location: Meet at Recreation Porch, OPERS
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Description: With more than half the world’s population now residing in cities growing food close to home has become more relevant than ever. On Saturday, October 27, join us on a tour of a Santa Cruz community gardens, the Westside farmers market, and a trip up to Swanton Berry Farms! This trip will be human powered on bicycles and the terrain will be easy to moderate. Expect fresh farm food tasting and a lot of fun in the sun! Please bring lunch or $$ for the farmers market, however, Swanton berry pies and shortcakes are included! See the link for registration details.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2012-10-27
End Time: 17:30

Cover Crops in the Home Garden and Orchard

Title: Cover Crops in the Home Garden and Orchard
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Description: On Sunday, October 7, from 10 am – 1 pm, join garden manager Orin Martin and learn about choosing and using cover crops in the home garden and orchard. Orin will discuss and demonstrate the best cover crop choices and how to plant them. You’ll get a chance to practice planting in the garden beds and orchards at the Chadwick Garden. $20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members, $30 general public, $5 for UCSC students, payable at the workshop. For more information call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-10-07
End Time: 13:00

PepperFest at the Westside Farmers’ Market

Title: PepperFest at the Westside Farmers’ Market
Location: corner of Mission Street and Western Drive, Santa Cruz
Description: On Saturday, October 6 from 9 am – 1 pm, join Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin and CASFS Apprenticeship alumni Zoe Hitchner, Sky DeMuro and David Evershed of Everett Family Farm to celebrate peppers! At 11 am, Orin will give a talk on pepper varieties. Enjoy samples of roasted and smoked peppers.
Start Time: 09:00
Date: 2012-10-06
End Time: 13:00

Thank you Mark Bittman for supporting Prop 37

If you know good food, you know Mark Bittman of the New York Times. He recently wrote an informative column on California’s Proposition 37 that is worth reading. I’m a scientist and I’m glad he mentions one of my pet peeves about  research on the effects of genetically engineered foods:

You cannot, for example, analyze or research genetically modified seeds without express permission from their creator.

Godfrey Kasozi and the CETRUD Program

Title: Godfrey Kasozi and the CETRUD Program
Location: Louise Cain Gatehouse, UCSC Farm
Description: On Tuesday, September 25 from 7:30-8:30 pm, CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship graduate Godfrey Kasozi–founder of The Center for Environment Technology and Rural Development (CETRUD) in Uganda– will give a presentation on his organization’s work. For more information about CETRUD please visit the website:
http://www.cetrud.org/
Start Time: 19:30
Date: 2012-09-25
End Time: 20:30

Bringing Fairness to Our Farms

Title: Bringing Fairness to Our Farms
Location: CCOF Office, 2155 Delaware Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Description: As a farmer or food business interested in increasing your understanding and implementation of social justice in your operation this is the workshop to attend! On Tuesday, October 9, join Elizabeth Henderson, farmer, NOFA-NY board member, and Management Committee Representative on the Agricultural Justice Project for an engaging evening. See the link for registration information.
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2012-10-09
End Time: 21:00

Follow the Fruit Trees September Workshop

Title: Follow the Fruit Trees September Workshop
Location: Alan Chadwick Garden
Description: Join us on Sunday, September 16 from 10 am – 4 pm for a day-long lecture and hands-on workshop on late summer tree care and preparing for winter.
Cost of the class is $100 general public, $90 for Friends of the Farm & Garden.
Please call 831.459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu for registration details.
Topics and activities for the workshop will include:
Cover cropping
Summer pruning
Apple tasting
Using and processing fruit
Preparation for winter planting
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2012-09-16
End Time: 16:00