BlogA Dispatch from the Chadwick Garden
Garden Manager Orin Martin offers this dispatch on pears, pruning, and other news from the Alan Chadwick Garden A Dispatch [the act of sending something off; a written message] Some say the Chadwick Garden (aka the “Up” Garden) has developed a reputation for growing apples, many apple varieties in particular. Call it a modicum of [...]
Seed Saving, Gleaning, Compost and Much More at the UCSC Farm
Field Production Manager Liz Milazzo reports on 2013 activities in the UCSC Farm’s row crop fields Looking back over 2013, water was a big concern all season. While there was not an official drought, it was a very low rain year, with only 19” of rain, and a long dry window over the winter. It [...]
UCSC Farm Expands into New Fields
A year-end report from Darryl Wong, UCSC Farm Site and Research Lands Manager Last March Darryl Wong was hired as the CASFS Farm Site and Research Lands Manager, bringing his five years’ experience as the farm manager and co-owner (with fellow alums Kirstin Yogg and Amy Courtney) of Freewheelin’ Farm, just north of Santa Cruz. [...]
Advice on Setting Your Prices
Molly Nakahara is co-founder of Dinner Bell Farm, along with fellow CASFS Farm and Garden Apprenticeship grads Paul Glowaski and Cooper Funk. She’s also the Specialty Crops Program Representative for the UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Foothill Farming Program. Her article on setting your prices originally appeared on the UCCE Foothill Farming website.
Apprenticeship Grad Reports on South Korea’s Food Sovereignty Efforts
CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship grad Christine Ahn co-founded the Korean Policy Institute and is a senior fellow with the Oakland Institute. She recently reported on a trip she organized to South Korea to visit grower and consumer organizations working to preserve local agriculture and encourage food sovereignty. Also on the trip was Apprenticeship grad [...]
Farm Advocacy Attorney Reflects on the CASFS Apprenticeship
Neil Thapar, a 2012 graduate of the CASFS Farm & Garden Apprenticeship, wrote this reflection on his Apprenticeship experience and the importance of the program in training new farmers and social change agents. It was originally published as a blog post for the FarmsReach: Growing Farmer Networks website. Thanks to Neil for letting us re-post it here.
Apprenticeship Grad Matthew Raiford Hosts Screening of “Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields” at Gilliard Farms
Matthew Raiford, a 2011 Apprenticeship grad and the inspiration and host for the recent Farm to Fork dinner at the UCSC Farm, sends the following invitation to an event at his farm in Georgia on November 16 I want to personally invite you to Gilliard Farms in Brunswick, Georgia for a farm fresh cocktail hour and [...]
Apprenticeship Grad in TedX Talk at University of Montana
Apprenticeship alum Josh Slotnick appears in this TedX talk, discussing the transformative experience of teaching and learning on the University of Montana campus farm that he founded. He gives a nice shout out to his Apprenticeship experience, calling it “the best educational experience I ever had.” His talk appears in Part One of the video, [...]
Saving Seeds at the UCSC Farm
First-year apprentice Katherine Collins wrote this piece for Field Notes, the newsletter of the UCSC Farm’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project If you take walk through the UCSC Farm field’s northern block, you might be surprised by what you find. Sandwiched between the apple trees and the tomatoes, you will see giant, baseball bat-sized squash [...]
Ben & Jerry’s Offers Sustainable Food Systems Grants
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation offers grants to organizations with budgets of $500,000 or less to promote social change. One of the Foundation’s broad interests is in sustainable food systems. The next deadline for grant applications is September 13, 2013. Click here for details.