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Garden Cruz: Organic Matters Organic Gardening Workshop
Alan Chadwick Garden and UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
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Saturday Mar 05, 2016 9:30 AM - Saturday Mar 19, 2016 3:30 PM | $150.00 - $300.00


Garden Cruz: Organic Matters Organic Gardening Workshop
Organic Matters!  "Garden Cruz" is back!

Note: as of March 3, 2016
- The March 5 workshop, "Soils, Cover Crops, Compost, and Cultivation", will be postponed due to expected rain.

- The March 12 workshop, "Greenhouse Skills, Starting Plants from Seeds/Propagation" will happen rain or shine at the Farm greenhouses.

Learn the art and craft of organic, French-Intensive gardening in the Garden Cruz workshop, offered the first three Saturdays of March. Sign up for all three days, or choose the "a la carte" option and sign up for one or two workshops  (see details, below).

Topics covered will include garden bed preparation, technique to ensure soil health and fertility, seed propagation and proper care of seedlings, planting plans, direct seeding and transplanting practices, intercropping, and raised bed philosophy. Get an overview of spring vegetable and flower crops, with a "sneak preview" of summer favorites.

Learn how the "the three Cs"cultivation (proper bed preparation), compost, and cover crops and green manures form the basis of healthy soil. Get familiar with the "holy grail" of organic matter and how to get more from your garden beds by harnessing the soil's biology to work on your behalfwork smart, not hard, and grow great crops!

Workshops include demonstration and hands-on practice with a focus on planning, preparing, and planting raised beds, sowing and pricking out/growing out vegetables and flowers, managing environmental conditions of young seedlings, irrigating seeds and seedlings, and selecting and making sowing mixes. You'll practice sowing seeds and take home vegetables and flowers you've sown and transplanted. Get ideas for your own garden on tours of the Alan Chadwick Garden and UCSC Farm Garden.

The course will also introduce the history of the "French intensive" method, from 19th century Parisian market gardener to Alan Chadwick's synthesis of biodynamics, to its present-day practice at the UCSC Farm & Garden.
This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to experienced gardeners, as there is always more to learn in the garden. An ideal option for community members and students involved in campus and community gardens, or for anyone looking to enhance their ability to grow food and flowers at home.

Workshop 1, March 5: Soils, Cover Crops, Compost, and Cultivation (bed preparation)

Workshop 2, March 12: Greenhouse Skills, Starting Plants from Seeds, and producing your own vigorous seedlings to transplant in the garden

Workshop 3, March 19: Seeding and Transplanting into Garden Beds (crop spacing, intercropping, crop planning); irrigation with an emphasis on water-conserving techniques

Workshops 1 and 3 take place in UCSC's Alan Chadwick Garden; Workshop 2 takes place at the UCSC Farm.

Cost for all 3 workshops: $300 (general), $250 (Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden), $175 (Farm & Garden Docents and Educators), $150 (students and limited income)

Cost for individual workshops: $125 (general), $100 (Friends), $75 (docents/educators), $60 (students and limited income).

Please note: If you are interested in signing up for one or two individual workshops please call Pam Dewey at 831.459-3240 or by email at after January 4 for details.

To pay for Garden Cruz by check (no service fee), send your check made payable to UC Regents to:
Pam Dewey/CASFS
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Attn: Garden Cruz workshop
Please include your contact information (phone and email) with your check.

If you are paying by check for one or two individual workshops, please include a note indicating the Workshop number and date.

Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Bring your lunch (refrigerator provided) and a coffee/tea mug.

Class size limited, pre-registration required by March 1.

Garden Cruz instructors:
Christof Bernau has managed the raised bed gardens and greenhouses at the UCSC Farm for 17 years. He teaches apprentices, UCSC students, and community members and workshops across the country. He has particular expertise in greenhouse management and propagation of a wide array of food and ornamentals.
Sky DeMuro is a graduate of the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture and co-managed the Everett Family Farm in Soquel. She helps manage the Alan Chadwick Garden and instructs apprentices, UCSC students, and community members
Orin Martin has managed the Alan Chadwick Garden for more than 35 years and is a renowned teacher and gardener. He's also written extensively on organic gardening techniques.

For additional details
Contact Pam Dewey at 831.459-3240 or or get info at

Click here if you're interested in finding out about how to join the Friends of the Farm & Garden.

Workshop registration cost includes reading materials, coffee, tea and snacks. Please bring your own lunch (refrigerator available). Tools are provided.

For directions to the Alan Chadwick Garden and UCSC Farm, please see the CASFS website:

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Alan Chadwick Garden and UCSC Farm, UC Santa Cruz (View)
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Education > Workshops
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, UCSC Farm & Garden
On BPT Since: Aug 09, 2011
Pam Dewey

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