Sunday, July 30

9–11:30 a.m.

Breakfast* and conversation in the Hay Barn: Looking Back/Looking Forward 9–11:30 a.m.
Join us for a free breakfast as you enjoy an "early-timers" narrated slide show of the Farm & Garden’s first years, followed by facilitated small-group discussions on topics of your choice.

9:30–10 a.m.

During breakfast at the Hay Barn, enjoy a slide show: The Garden, the Farm, and the First Apprentice Program, narrated by Steve Kaffka, UC extension specialist, director, California Biomass Collaborative, and Pierre Ott, Université de Kassel, co-founder of IFOAM EU

10–11:30 a.m.

Following breakfast, take part in facilitated small group discussions: Facilitated small-group discussions on topics of your choice, organized by Jessy Parr, CCOF Foundation Program Manager, and Melissa Ott, 2017 Apprenticeship class member

11:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m. we will gather in the Farm field above the Hay Barn for final reflections and a closing circle led by garden manager Christof Bernau

12 p.m.

12 p.m. Parisian-Style Box Lunch
Visit the Hay Barn to pick up a boxed lunch, prepared by the award-winning UC Santa Cruz Catering team. Enjoy during field trips or have your own picnic on the farm.

12–4 p.m.

Pescadero area alumni farm tours, 12–4 p.m.
Take advantage of incredible opportunities for more learning and inspiration by visiting these amazing farms run by Apprenticeship alumni in the Pescadero area, just 35 miles north of Santa Cruz on the coast. Vans/buses will be available for transport. Choose from one of two afternoon tours:

Field Trip 1 to Fifth Crow Farm and Blue House Farm, two successful organic production farms primarily selling through direct markets:

  1. Fifth Crow Farm, run by three former apprentices, Teresa Kurtak, John Vars, and Mike Irving, is just in its eighth year but was featured in this year’s Successful Farmer Plenary at the Ecological Farming Conference. Come see their organic vegetables, fruit, flowers, and pastured egg operation on 80+ acres.
  2. Blue House Farm, run by 2001 apprentice Ryan Casey, is an incredibly productive 50-acre organic fruit, vegetable, and flower operation now in its 12th year. Ryan works with a stellar crew that includes several former apprentices.

Field Trip 2 to Pie Ranch with a focus on farm-based education programs for urban youth and beginning farmers
Pie Ranch was founded by Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson in 2003, and they have grown this working farm and educational center into a thriving hub of learning on over 80 acres. While they have a large production operation, this field trip will focus on their educational programming for urban high school students, beginning farmers, and the regional partnerships that have helped shape their center.

2–8 p.m.

We invite you to the 6th Annual CASFS People Of Color Alumni Network Reunion

2 pm: Welcoming Ceremony at the Black Lives Matter Garden

  • James Murrell memorial service
  • Please bring inspiring words and/or objects to leave at the altar in honor of our ancestors

2:30 - 5 pm: Apprentice-led activities in the Haybarn

5 - 8 pm: Dinner and dancing in the Haybarn

We will also provide updates on all the big changes that have been happening at CASFS, including the food justice and equity scholarship, social justice reader, Farmers of the Global Majority website, curriculum changes, and Black Lives Matter garden.

Please stay tuned for even more specific info to come about the program and activities!

We look forward to a joyful and meaningful gathering!

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