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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, 8 am to 6 pm.

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 such as wreath-making, garden preparation, pruning, etc. on a monthly basis. Members receive a subscription to the News and Notes newsletter.

Brochures and informational material are also available on specific components of the Center and a brochure that provides a general overview.

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.

ELIGIBILITY: Depends upon level of participation desired; for instance, for admission to undergraduate and/or graduate courses, one should contact the Admissions Office. For information about applying to the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture via UC Extension, one should contact the Program directly or look up the website.
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.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:See Description Notes
Areas Served:Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Santa Cruz

Stacy  Philpott
Acting Director for 2015-16

Daniel  Press
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Amy  Bolton

Related Agencies
Parent Agency:University of California Santa Cruz
Subject Headings
 Agricultural Support Services
Educational Programs
Government Agencies
Outreach Programs
Public Awareness/Education
Public Lectures/Discussions
This record last modified August 5, 2015

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