Seventh Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner

Celebrate the UCSC Farm & Garden and the Center for
Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at the

Seventh Annual Farm to Fork Benefit Dinner on
Sunday, August 19 at the
UC Santa Cruz Farm &
Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

Enjoy the culinary delights of award-winning My Mom’s Mole, featuring locally sourced organic ingredients, including fresh and delicious CASFS-grown produce. Cesario Ruiz founded My Mom’s Mole to “focus on traditional Mexican cuisine using responsibly sourced ingredients.”

Before you take your seat at the table, enjoy a field-side reception, appetizers, and organic farm tours led by CASFS staff and apprentices. As you enjoy your meal, learn about the basic needs work taking place at UCSC and the role of the Farm & Garden in helping make UCSC a “hunger-free campus” for all of our students.

The on-farm reception and tours will begin at 3:00 pm, with dinner at 5:00 pm in the farm fields, followed by dessert and music in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

Thanks for your interest in the Farm to Fork dinner. Due to significant interest in the event, registration is now closed. Please call 831.459.5003 or email to have your name added to our waitlist. We will contact you by Thursday, August 16th if tickets become available.

Tickets for the event are $100.

This year’s reception and buffet-style dinner menus feature:

  • Lettuce boats with ceviche
  • Cauliflower cakes with lentils, roasted vegetables, topped with tahini drizzle
  • Cactus and kale salad
  • Mixed green salad
  • Roasted chicken and roasted pork topped with your choice of mole sauces - traditional, verde, and queso
  • Special vegetarian entree by request
  • Roasted vegetables, including asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mushrooms, squash, zucchini, onions, and garlic
  • Ancient grain medley, a 7-grain blend of rye berries, red & white wheat (spring & winter) berries, farro, spelt, barley.
  • Ice cream, strawberries, and brownies for dessert!

For more information or to purchase tickets by check, please contact us at, (831) 459-3240.

Event Speakers

Tim GalarneauTim  Galarneau, Community-Engaged Education Coordinator, CASFS

Tim Galarneau works as a specialist on social issues for CASFS, focusing on farm-to-institution, social justice, and student education and engagement. He actively supports regional, statewide, and national efforts that intersect with food, social equity, and community development.

Mr. Galarneau is a co-chair to the University of California system-wide Food Access and Basic Needs effort emerging out of the UC President’s Global Food Initiative. This innovative project mobilizes students, staff, and faculty in advancing a holistic vision for supporting student success through ensuring basic needs are met. In addition, he is a co-founder and board advisor to the national Real Food Challenge, advancing a student driven higher education effort to educate and address systemic inequality in the US food system. He also advises other UC higher education systemwide projects as well as K-12 initiatives and serves as the Central Coast lead for the CA Farm to School network working with CDFA, CDE, public schools, farmers, food banks, and community partners across three counties.

Rosalinda GallegosRosalinda Gallegos, Dean of Students Coordinator, UCSC

Rosalinda Gallegos is the Dean of Students Coordinator for the Dean of Students Office at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An advocate for the advancement of Basic Needs initiatives campus-wide, serving as a direct point of contact in the management of Basic Needs operations, projects, initiatives, and funded policies at the State and Systemwide level for Dean of Students, Basic Needs initiative.

Ms. Gallegos has managed over six campus-wide CalFresh initiatives and events in where over 3200 lbs of fresh produce and non-perishables was distributed to the greater student population. She has coordinated community-based events with a focus on destigmatizing CalFresh and increase student applications for Santa Cruz County.

She has also provided consultation on-campus and nationwide on advancing Basic Needs in Higher Ed. Ms. Gallegos provides an educational and holistic approach to addressing student basic needs, to on and off-campus partners, community residents, and at-large stakeholders.

Daniel PressDaniel Press, Executive Director, CASFS; Associate Dean, Social Sciences

Daniel Press is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An environmental policy analyst and scholar, he is the author of three books, the latest of which was published in 2015 (American Environmental Policy: the Failures of Compliance, Mitigation and Abatement, Edward Elgar, Inc.). With wide-ranging interests in environmental policy, Professor Press has conducted research on land and open-space preservation efforts, water and air quality, and the greening of US manufacturing.

In 2001, Professor Press was appointed to the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board by Governor Gray Davis and reappointed in 2004 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2012, he was appointed Executive Director of the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS). He was recently appointed Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Professor Press’s long-term goal is to help make CASFS financially self-sufficient so that it may support agroecological research and training into its next half century and beyond.

Professor Press received his BS in Fermentation Science from the University of California, Davis in 1984 and his PhD in Political Science from the Claremont Graduate University in 1992. He has worked in the California and French wine industries.

David RoblesDavid Robles, Second-Year Apprentice, CASFS

David Robles is a 2nd year Apprentice at CASFS. Mr. Robles first came to work at the UCSC Farm in the spring of 2013 as a UCSC undergraduate student. During his tenure at the farm, he has displayed a tireless nature and deep dedication to caring for a farm that serves undergraduates, aspiring farmers, and the Santa Cruz community through education, research, and building food access. His contributions both as a farmer and an educator have been integral to the farm’s health and sustainability. He has also worked as a staff member for the “Food, What?!” youth empowerment organization. He is especially passionate about youth leadership, music, history, and land access.




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