Apprenticeship Reflections

This post by 2015 Apprenticeship graduate Tina Singleton appeared in the October 27th issue of the Field Notes newsletter.  I learned how to garden in a war zone, behind the high walls and barbed wire of my compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. At the time, in 2010, I was the Director of the Afghan Women’s Writing [...]

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The Tipping Point

This essay by first-year apprentice Kate Watters appears in the September 8 issue of Field Notes, the UCSC Farm’s CSA newsletter The end of August always feels like a tipping point; all you have is the moment and you want to learn how to be present and love it more completely. This is especially true [...]

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Notes from the Field: Ode to Maize

by Chelsea Askew, 2015 Apprentice; this essay first appeared in the UCSC Farm CSA’s Notes from the Field, July 14 We are exactly halfway through our apprenticeship and summer is certainly upon us! Plums are falling from the sky, carrots and beets are popping out of the ground, and the potato plants are slowly giving [...]

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Responding to the Drought

“Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook” is an upcoming project that will include the UCSC Farm’s CSA. In this interview CASFS field production manager Liz Milazzo responds to questions from book researcher Martha Wagner about how the farm is adjusting to California’s ongoing drought. Read the post here.

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Notes from the Field

Second-year apprentices Julie Farrell and Jane Kuhn wrote this essay to accompany last week’s pre-Thanksgiving box of winter produce for CSA shareholders. There’s been even more rain since then! It has been an extremely exciting autumn here at the farm, marked by the 3.9 inches of rain since October 25, verdant cover crops, and continued [...]

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2014 Bricmont Fund Makes Disaster/Hardship Relief Available for Organic Farmers: November 12 deadline

CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship grad Jessy Beckett sends the following information: Organic farming and processing is rewarding, but risky. From freeze to fire, some years are harder on the organic community than others. CCOF offers certified clients the opportunity to apply for disaster relief when funds are available. 2014 Bricmont Fund Since 2007, CCOF [...]

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New Facebook Group Created for CASFS/UCSC Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Grads

Going through the USCS Farm and Garden Apprenticeship is a once in a lifetime experience. It is a gift to be linked a such an amazing group of people, so we started a Facebook group to connect apprenticeship alums through the generations. In this group you can learn where members of your cohort ended up, [...]

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Notes from the UCSC Farm

This essay by first-year CASFS Farm & Garden apprentice Steven Eisenhut originally appeared in the July 29/August 1 edition of “Field Notes,” the newsletter of the UCSC Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture project. Many thanks to Steven for letting us share it here. The hawk wheels above us as we work in the afternoon sun. Her [...]

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Educational Grants Available through the CCOF Foundation

CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship grad Jessy Beckett, now the Foundation Coordinator for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), alerts us that three categories of educational grants are now available from the CCOF Foundation. Jessy notes, “Grants are available in three educational categories in 2014 to directly support students of organic agricultural production and professional career tracks that [...]

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CAFF Forming California CSA Network

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) is in the process of forming a California CSA Network, which will include a website and regular newsletter. The network will allow for more information sharing among CSA farmers about such things as specialized software, recipes, and member retention strategies. It has proven difficult to sustain CSAs, as [...]

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