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New 3rd edition of 'Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening' now available

Mar 4, 2015 Drawing on nearly 50 years of experience, "Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening: Resources for Instructors, 3rd Edition" addresses practical aspects of organic farming and gardening, applied soil science, and social and environmental issues in agriculture.

Female pumas kill more, eat less when humans are near, study finds

Feb 12, 2015 Female pumas kill more prey but consume less when their territories bump into human development, UC Santa Cruz researchers report in a new study based on monitoring more than two dozen pumas in the Santa Cruz mountains.

New UC hands-on experience class modeled after UC Santa Cruz 'supercourse'

Feb 11, 2015 A uniquely UC Santa Cruz course that offers undergraduates hands-on research experience has been adopted by the UC Natural Reserve System and is now open to students from all nine UC undergraduate campuses.

Campus farm adds Quarry Field to further farming, education, and research

Feb 10, 2015 Freshly tilled soil on the west side of Hagar marks the start of the UC Santa Cruz Farm’s latest effort in growing food for campus and expanding the research and education work of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS).

Tony Hill Award winner helps young people soar

Jan 27, 2015 Jacob Martinez, this year's Tony Hill Award honoree, is a strong advocate for low-income Latino and Latina youth who are interested in science, math, and technological careers but face obstacles along the way.

UC Santa Cruz leads UC effort to study effects of climate change on ecosystems

Dec 10, 2014 A $1.9 million grant from the new UC President's Research Catalyst Awards will fund a UC-wide institute on climate impacts.

Leading conservationists call for a "unified and diverse conservation ethic"

Nov 5, 2014 UC Santa Cruz faculty are among conservationists leading the effort to resolve a polarizing debate over the reasons to conserve nature.

Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day focuses on data, environment, and justice

Oct 10, 2014 The second annual Social Sciences Research Frontiers Day at UC Santa Cruz will take place Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with a focus on data, the environment, and justice.

A decade later: How the organic foods movement has grown and evolved

Oct 9, 2014 Professor Julie Guthman's "Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California," was hailed as the first social science study of organic foods in the United States. A new, second edition looks at the state of the organic food movement and some of the strange puzzles that afflict it.

Institute of Arts and Sciences offers LASER talk on Oct. 28

Oct 8, 2014 UC Santa Cruz’s Institute of the Arts and Sciences will present its first “LASER” talk of the academic year on October 28 at the Digital Arts Research Center.

UCSC Farm hosts Fall Harvest Festival Sunday, October 12

Oct 6, 2014 Bright orange pumpkins, roasted red peppers, and apples galore mark the changing seasons at the 20th annual Fall Harvest Festival, Sunday, October 12 at UC Santa Cruz’s 30-acre organic farm.

Study of mountain lion energetics shows the power of the pounce

Oct 2, 2014 High-tech collars enabled scientists to track mountain lions in the wild and determine how much energy the big cats use to hunt their prey.

"Seeding Innovation" event highlights green technology projects

Sep 26, 2014 Collaborations between UC Santa Cruz undergrads and community mentors are featured in October 3 event at marine sanctuary center.

Cover crop workshop set for Saturday, Oct. 4 at Alan Chadwick Garden

Sep 25, 2014 On Saturday, October 4 from 9:30 a.m, to 12:30 p.m., learn how to grow your own compost with soil-building cover crops at a lecture and demonstration workshop.

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.

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