Alan Chadwick and Joseline Stauffacher in Santa Cruz

Alan Chadwick a Gardener of Souls

50 Year Chadwick Reunion at UCSC


The year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Alan Chadwick's arrival at UCSC on March 1, 1967. The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is planning an event to celebrate this date and all that has happened since then in the development of what began as Chadwick's Garden Project on the Santa Cruz campus.

We at will be present to record the highlights for our readers. If you were one of those people fortunate enough to have worked with Alan between his arrival in California in 1967 and his death in 1980, please consider attending this celebration at the University of California at Santa Cruz. We look forward to meeting you and hearing about your experiences with Chadwick back in the day.



chadwick's garden chalet ca 1970



The following information and schedule of events was excerpted from the UCSC webpage



Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28


Thursday, July 27

10 A.M.–4 P.M.
Rock Wall Building at the Chadwick Garden
What better way to celebrate Alan Chadwick's birthday? Join in to help rebuild the iconic rock walls at the Chadwick Garden with Garden manager Orin Martin and Apprenticeship grad Matthew Sutton, founder of Orchard Keepers ( Light lunch provided.

Friday, July 28

8 A.M.–11 A.M.
Early Bird Fun
Drop in at the Farm or Chadwick Garden from 8 a.m.–11 a.m. to lend a hand with the harvest, bouquet making, and more!

1–3 P.M.
Chadwick Garden Tour
Take a tour of the Alan Chadwick Garden with garden manager Orin Martin and hear about the Garden's history and current activities. 

2 P.M.
Registration at the Hay Barn opens

4 P.M.–6 P.M.
Friday afternoon reception
A reception in the Ocean View Field at the Farm officially kicks off the 50th Celebration Weekend.
Hear from CASFS executive director Daniel Press, Chadwick Garden manager Orin Martin, and Farm Garden assistant manager Kellee Matsushita as you enjoy food from Feel Good Foods along with local wines and other beverages.
Following the talks, choose a tour with CASFS faculty and staff members to learn about:
* Research
* Farming practices
* Food and social justice integration
* Apprenticeship and educational philosophy
* Undergraduate education
* Growing food for UC Santa Cruz Dining, food pantries

6:30 P.M.–9 P.M.
Friday evening gathering and no-host dinner at the Hay Barn
We are throwing open the barn doors Friday night to make space for people to mingle, catch up with friends, and share stories in the Hay Barn. There will be made-to-order pizza available for purchase from Uncie Ro's wood-fired mobile pizza oven. Salad, beer, and other beverages provided. Share your CASFS/Farm & Garden memories at a "Story Slam" hosted by Ella Fleming, garden assistant at the Chadwick Garden.


Saturday, July 29

8 A.M.–9:30 A.M.
Fog-Rise Gathering in the Chadwick Garden
Gather in the Chadwick Garden for a free, light breakfast, compliments of the Friends of the UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden. Enjoy reflections and readings from:
* Orin Martin, Chadwick Garden manager
* Val Lopez, Amah Mutsun tribal chair
* Beth Benjamin, Chadwick apprentice
* Audrey Stanley, founder of Shakespeare Santa Cruz
* Paul Whitworth, former director, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (invited)
* David Robles, environmental studies graduate and 2017 apprentice
Long-time Friends of the Farm & Garden board member and 1988 Apprenticeship grad Kurt Christiansen will MC.

10 A.M.–12 NOON
Saturday Symposium, Stevenson Event Center
Hear from Apprenticeship alumni and CASFS staff doing inspiring work in agroecology, education, and food justice projects.
* Karen Washington, keynote speaker, co-founder of Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Growers, winner of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award for her food justice work in New York City
* Saskia Cornes, Ph.D., farm manager at Duke University's Campus Farm
* Darryl Wong, CASFS farm site and research lands manager,  Ph.D. student in environmental studies
* Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson of Pie Ranch will read their story from the newly published Letters to a Young Farmer
* David Retsky, farmer, County Line Harvest in Marin and Riverside counties

12 P.M.–1:30 P.M.
Lunchtime Learning: Seeding Success with Campus Farm to Cafeteria and Food Access Programs, Stevenson College courtyard
Enjoy a catered lunch as you hear from Tim Galarneau and Nancy Yang of CASFS. Tim and Nancy will bring you up to speed on the exciting work they're doing to improve campus food systems and increase the amount of "Real Food" being served at UC Santa Cruz and at campuses nationwide.

2–3:30 P.M. AND 3:45–5 P.M.
Saturday afternoon food and farming workshops (most workshops offered once in each time slot)
Head out to the Farm and the Chadwick Garden for workshops and more led by CASFS staff and apprenticeship alumni, including:
At the Alan Chadwick Garden
* Tour of the Garden
Orin Martin, Chadwick Garden manager
* Fruit Trees of the Chadwick Garden
Orin Martin, Chadwick Garden manager
* Drawing in the Garden
Laura Vollset, Apprenticeship graduate, Science Illustration program graduate, and owner of Field Sketch Farm
* Pollinators in the Garden
Stacy Philpott, professor of environmental studies, Hamutahl Cohen, Ph.D. student in environmental studies, Apprenticeship graduate
At the UCSC Farm
* Integrating Small Fruit Production into Diversified Systems (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
Christof Bernau, Farm Garden manager and instructor
* Youth Empowerment and Working with Teens in the Garden
Doron Comerchero, founder of FoodWhat?!
* Marketing Your Top Product
Matthew Raiford, owner of Gilliard Farm and The Farmer & The Larder
* "Office Hours" Session with Jim Leap: Bring Your Farming Questions!
Jim Leap, former UCSC Farm manager, organic farming instructor
* Connections Between Cultural and Biological Diversity
Kellee Matsushita, Farm Garden instructor and the People of Color (POC) Committee
* Local Grains and Breads—a Talk and Tasting
Darryl Wong, CASFS field production manager
* Making Beautiful Bouquets
Sky DeMuro,  Chadwick Garden assistant, Zoe Hitchner, flower grower at Healdsburg's Front Porch Farm, and Eliza Milio, vegetable production manager at Front Porch Farm
* Seed Saving and Seed Sovereignty
Sarah Cousins, propagation instructor, UCSC Farm

4–5 P.M.
Farm tour, starting at Hay Barn. If you haven't yet had a chance to visit the UC Santa Cruz Farm, we'll be offering tours starting from the Hay Barn.

4:45–5:30 P.M.
Wine tasting, Hay Barn
Before sitting down to dinner, enjoy a tasting of local wines hosted by Pam Storrs of Storrs Winery and Vineyards.

5:30–7:30 P.M.
50th Anniversary Hay Barn Banquet
Join us for this very special celebration meal, featuring wonderful locally sourced organic food, inspired by our two guest  "food heroes"—Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse, and Matthew Raiford, owner of Gilliard Farm and The Farmer & The Larder. Chancellor George Blumenthal will start the evening's remarks, followed by Raiford and Waters.

8–10 P.M.
Hay Barn Dance
It's time for a barn dance! Doron Comerchero spins tunes in the Hay Barn for Farm & Garden fans of all ages.



Sunday, July 30

9:30–11:30 A.M.
Breakfast and conversation at the Hay Barn: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Enjoy a free breakfast in the Hay Barn and a time for talking about shared interests. Options include facilitated discussions, sharing on topics of your choice, and more. We are still putting shape to this morning session, so stay tuned!

At 11:30, we'll meet on the Farm above the Hay Barn for a Closing Circle and final reflections.

12 P.M.
12 p.m. box lunch pick up at Hay Barn for field trips or your own picnic.

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.



"First 50" event pricing

Full 3-day event (Include all events listed below), Friday–Sunday, July 28–30
* $150 Early Bird registration, sign up by June 1*
* $175 for full 3-day event registration after June 1*
*Please note: Registration price does not include housing. See "places to stay" recommendations
À la carte registration costs:
* Friday reception and Farm tours: $30
* Saturday morning symposium, lunch, and afternoon workshops: $45
* Saturday afternoon workshops only (no symposium or lunch): $30 ($20 for Friends of the Farm & Garden members)
* Saturday pre-dinner Farm tours, wine tasting, and "First 50" Hay Barn Banquet: $75
* Sunday lunch: $25
Additional options:
* Sunday, July 30: Tour of North Coast (Pescadero-area) farms and farm-based education projects run by apprenticeship alumni—transportation fee: $20
* Childcare costs: TBD
Free events
* Thursday rock wall building workshop in the Chadwick Garden (light lunch included)
* Friday evening casual dinner and story sharing in the Hay Barn—beer and salad provided, "no host" wood-fired pizza available for purchase
* Saturday Fog Rise Gathering in the Chadwick Garden, with light breakfast
* Sunday light breakfast at the Hay Barn, Looking Back/Looking Forward conversation



Places to stay


The UCSC Village
Located just a short walk to the Farm and Garden and Hay Barn.
* Price: $101.25  (single beds only)
* Reservations: Coming soon

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Cruz 
* Price: $198/ room, does not include taxes (Room block will expire June 28)
* Reservations: Call 831.295.6007, Block name: CASFS 50th Anniversary
* Online Reservations: Click here 

Hilton, Scotts Valley
Just 10 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz, with a full range of amenities. Special rate valid for CASFS 50th Celebration only. Note: in case of heavy traffic on highway 17, take La Madrona Drive to Sims Road, to Graham Hill Rd. Turn left on Graham Hill Road towards Santa Cruz. Follow signs to Highway 1 north.)
* Price: $179 per room, per night plus applicable taxes (Room block will expire June 28)
* Registration: Click here

* AirBnB
* Vacation Rentals for Santa Cruz (VRBO)
* Home Away Vacation Rentals
* Visit Santa Cruz Visitors and Convention Website



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