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Native vegetation makes a comeback on Santa Cruz Island

Sep 16, 2014 Study led by UC Santa Cruz undergrads shows native shrubs reclaiming the island on their own after removal of introduced grazers.

Scholarship support available for UC Santa Cruz organic farming training program

Jul 29, 2014 Applications are now open for the 2015 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program, with a range of scholarship support available

2014-2015 Campus Food & Garden Guide now available

Jul 25, 2014 The Campus Food & Garden Guide offers resources and information on UCSC's sustainable food systems efforts, including the campus farm and college gardens, dining halls and coffeeshops,

Former farm apprentice wins national food sustainability leadership award

Jul 22, 2014 Karen Washington, a graduate of the 2008 Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, is one of five winners of a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award.

Organic flower-growing, bouquet-making workshop set for Sat., July 19

Jul 11, 2014 An organic flower-growing, bouquet-making workshop is set for Saturday July 19 at the Alan Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

$4-million gift establishes endowment to support sustainable agriculture

Jun 30, 2014 A $4-million gift to the University of California, Santa Cruz will establish an endowment to support the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture, the nation's first hands-on training program for beginning organic farmers at a public university.

Flora Lu named provost of College Nine and College Ten

May 20, 2014 Flora Lu, associate professor of environmental studies, has been named provost for College Nine and College Ten beginning in the fall.

Focus on excellence: Student Achievement Week recognizes outstanding work

May 20, 2014 Student Achievement Week from June 2-6 honors high academic achievement and creativity. Highlights include a science and mathematics poster symposium and the 40th annual Print Sale.

GPS collar documents puma's travels from mountains to Mountain View

May 8, 2014 Forty-six m (46m) is a young puma on the move. A GPS tracking collar that UC Santa Cruz scientists placed around his neck reveals his journey into suburban Silicon Valley.

Proportion of shade-grown coffee shrinks as overall cultivation grows

May 7, 2014 While the cultivation of coffee has increased globally, the proportion of shade-grown coffee has fallen by nearly 20 percent since 1996, according to a study published in the May 5th issue of the journal BioScience.

Food, agriculture and adventure on Maui: UCSC students get down and dirty on alternate spring break

Apr 23, 2014 A unique alternative spring break program gives students a way to explore Maui’s food systems and allow some hands-on learning

UCSC Farm & Garden’s annual spring plant sale set for weekend of May 3, 4

Apr 22, 2014 The UCSC Farm & Garden’s spring plant sale this year features many “water-wise” varieties of food and landscape plants, along with information on water-conserving crops and practices, and a free seed exchange hosted by UCSC’s Demeter Seed Library.

UC Santa Cruz workshop offers basics of citrus selection, planting and care

Apr 15, 2014 The keys to successful citrus growing will be explained at “Get Zesty! Citrus for the Home Gardener and Small-Scale Grower" Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the UCSC Farm on the UC Santa Cruz campus.

$2-million gift supports natural history fieldwork at UC Santa Cruz

Mar 31, 2014 A $2-million gift from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in honor of the late professor Kenneth Norris will help ensure that UC Santa Cruz continues as a leader in natural history and at the forefront of educating students to become environmental leaders.

Free, guided tours of UCSC Farm begin monthly starting Sunday, April 6

Mar 25, 2014 Free, guided tours of one of Santa Cruz’s most beautiful locations – the 30-acre organic farm at UC Santa Cruz – are offered from 2 to 3:30 pm on the first Sunday of the month beginning April 6.

Deconstruction begins of historic Cowell Ranch barn

Mar 21, 2014 Crews began dismantling the historic Cowell Ranch hay barn Tuesday (March 18), the first step in a multi-year process to rebuild it as a home for many of UCSC's leading environmental and sustainability programs.

CASFS apprenticeship alum wins land steward award from Georgia Organics

Mar 11, 2014 Celia Barss, a 2002 graduate of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food System’s apprenticeship program at UC Santa Cruz, won the 2014 Land Steward Award as Georgia’s organic agriculture community held its 17th annual organics conference.

Event Santa Cruz features talks by UCSC professors and alumni

Mar 7, 2014 Three UC Santa Cruz social science professors and three alumni who have started businesses in Santa Cruz are featured speakers at the next Event Santa Cruz set for 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, at the Nickelodeon Theatres.

Experts discuss science and policy at first UCSC Climate Science conference

Mar 4, 2014 More than a dozen nationally prominent climate scientists and policy makers gathered for the first Climate Science and Policy Conference at UCSC organized by the divisions of Social Sciences and Physical and Biological Sciences.

Gardening course focuses on optimizing under drought conditions

Feb 27, 2014 Drought conditions can be especially daunting for gardeners, but as gardening expert Orin Martin points out, “Although the drought is a challenge, it’s also an opportunity to give your garden the horticultural equivalent of a 50,000-mile tune up.”

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