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Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

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General Agency Information
Name:Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Alternate Name(s):CASFS
Address:1156 High Street, UCSC
Santa Cruz, CA  95064
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-459-3240
Secondary Phone:831-459-4140
Fax Number:831-459-2799
Description:The Center's on-campus Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden facilities are open daily, 8am to 6pm.

Through our research, education, and outreach programs, the Center works to create agriculture and food systems that sustain both human communities and the environments in which they live. Offers undergraduate and graduate courses and also sponsors a 6-month ecological horticulture training course through University Extension.
A community support group, the Friends of the Farm and Garden, concentrates on outreach to the community via free lecture series, workshops and classes on a monthly basis. Members receive a subscription to the News and Notes newsletter.

Between approximately June and October organic produce and flowers from the Farm and Garden are for sale at the Market Cart at the campus entrance, in front of the Barn Theatre, on Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 6pm early June through late October (approximately).

Tours: Both the 30-acre UCSC Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden are open to the public daily from 8am to 6pm, with a self-guided tour brochure available at the Farm entrance. Large groups can call 459-3240 to schedule a group tour and for directions to the farm and garden. Free docent-led tours are offered the first Sunday of the month from 2-3:30 pm, April through November.
Classes and workshops offered by the Friends of the Farm & Garden are open to the public.
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FEES: UCSC student fees fixed. 6-mo apprenticeship fixed fees. Small fees for classes/functions of Friends of Farm and Garden.
Mission:The mission of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS or the Center) is to research, develop, and advance sustainable food and agricultural systems that are environmentally sound, economically viable, socially responsible, nonexploitative, and that serve as a foundation for future generations.
Facilities:Built in the 1860s for the Cowell Ranch, the Hay Barn was renovated in 2015. The new structure incorporates some of the barnís original building materials anduses the historic mortise and tenon joinery technique to achieve a rustic yet contemporary structure.The result is a beautiful and dramatic signature building with a soaring, spacious interior offering a unique setting for weddings, banquets, barn dances, concerts, conferences, and much more.

The Hay Barn is conveniently located near the main entrance to the UCSC campus and adjacent to the beautiful 30-acre CASFS organic farm, with a walking path connecting the Hay Barn site to the farm. For information on visiting the Hay Barn, please contact events manager Heidi Harris, 831-459-3762,
Publications: Teaching Direct Marketing & Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors.
Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening: Resources for Instructors
The CASFS Farm & Garden Brochure
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:Check website
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz

Daniel  Press
Executive Director

Related Agencies
Parent Agency:University of California Santa Cruz
Child Agencies:Life Lab
Subject Headings
 Agricultural Support Services
Educational Programs
Facilities/Community Centers
Government Agencies
Outreach Programs
Public Awareness/Education
Public Lectures/Discussions
This record last modified January 25, 2017

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