About the UCSC Farm & Garden

The UCSC Farm and the Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus are both internationally known sites for training, research and public education in organic horticulture and agriculture. Both sites are organically certified in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990 and the National Organic Program, and were among the first sites to be certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).

The Alan Chadwick Garden features intensively planted vegetable and flower beds as well as an extensive collection of fruit trees.

Since the Garden’s establishment in 1967, apprentices, staff, and students have transformed it from marginal land into a productive model of small-scale agriculture and horticulture. They rely primarily on Garden founder Alan Chadwick’s “French-intensive/biodynamic” method, based on close spacing of plants in raised beds, maximum soil aeration and drainage, and careful use of organic fertilizers. Today the 3-acre Chadwick Garden exhibits a diverse collection, including ornamentals, annual and perennial food crops, an extensive planting of fruit trees (including more than 120 apple varieties), and native California species.

Founded in 1971 on a lower meadow of campus, the 25-acre Farm reflects the hard work and creativity of the many apprentices and staff members involved in its development. The Farm features handworked gardens of annual and perennial food and ornamental crops, along with row crops cultivated with a small tractor. The Farm also includes orchards, kiwis, blueberries, bush berries, windbreaks and research plots. CASFS offices, the agroecology laboratory, greenhouses, and a small classroom and meeting space are among the facilities located at the Farm.

An Apprenticeship student harvests crops at the UCSC Farm

Also on the Farm are the offices of Life Lab, which develops garden-based science and nutrition curricula for elementary schools. Life Lab manages the Garden Classroom at the Farm, which serves as a model school garden and training site for students and teachers throughout the state, and hosts programs for pre-school through high school students year round.

The Farm & Alan Chadwick Garden are open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm.  A self-guided tour of the Farm is available at the entrance gate.
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