UCSC Farm & Garden: How to Enjoy the Farm Year Round

In late July 2017, 500 visitors descended upon the 30 acres of lush, hilly grasslands nestled near the base of the UC Santa Cruz campus.

They weren’t students, although you couldn’t tell by the class-filled days and late night parties that ensued over those three days.

They were former staff, students, and apprentices of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), known more affectionately by the Santa Cruz community as the UCSC Farm & Garden, arriving to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the farm’s founding by master gardener Alan Chadwick.

What began in 1967 as a scraggly lot of devoted students assisting Chadwick to build a garden on one of the rockiest hillsides on campus eventually blossomed into a fully functioning organic farm which not only produces over 700 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers but also has become a premier training program for aspiring organic farmers from around the world.

Even if you didn’t get to join in that weekend of workshops, tours, and photo exhibitions, there are plenty of ways for you to take part in the magical wonderland that is the UCSC Farm & Garden. [Read more…]

5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sept. 9, 2017

The 5th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will take over Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Saturday, September 9, celebrating the famous sauce and traditional music of México.

The festival features a mole tasting competition with nine different varieties of mole available for sampling. Music, dancing, kid activities, and a raffle round out the day’s festivities.

As festival regulars and returning judges in this year’s mole cooking competition, we have three pieces of advice: arrive early, come hungry, and watch out for the mojigangas!

Here’s what’s in store at this year’s Mole & Mariachi Festival: [Read more…]

A Call for Entries: How to Participate in the Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair

The Santa Cruz County Fair will take place September 13-17, ushering in the fall season with five days of carnival games and rides, racing pigs and wild turkey stampedes, endless deep-fried food options, and our favorite—exhibition halls filled with local community talent.

Each year, the fair receives hundreds of entries from county residents, young and old, vying for bragging rights and blue ribbons on their homemade and homegrown goods, artwork, and collections.

If you or your child has created something, there’s a good chance you can and should enter it into the fair, and we’re here to help you get those entries in on time. [Read more…]

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