50th Anniversary of the UCSC Farm & Garden, Center for Agroecology

Fifty years ago, master gardener Alan Chadwick started the Student Garden Project at the University of California’s newest campus, UC Santa Cruz. Chadwick andchadwick with students his students and volunteers converted a brush-covered hillside into a vibrant organic garden that became the centerpiece of efforts to create a healthier, more sustainable approach to growing food and flowers. From that garden grew the UCSC Farm, inspiring the Agroecology Program, now the Center for Agroecology.

Since 1967 we’ve trained generations of new organic farmers and gardeners, built a model undergraduate experiential education program, and helped shape a more sustainable food system through research and policy efforts. 

In 2017 we celebrated these accomplishments while we looked ahead to the next 50 years of working to grow a healthy, socially just food system. 

First 50 Celebration, July 28–30
The First 50 anniversary event brought hundreds of the Center for Agroecology/Farm & Garden alumni, supporters, community members, and friends to UC Santa Cruz for a joyous gathering to celebrate five decades of education, research, and outreach to create a more sustainable food system. We have posted videos, transcripsts, and more from the celebration on the First 50 Scrapbook page

2016 class

Thanks to our 50th Anniversary business sponsors

Harvester and Visionary

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Seed Sower

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acre county earl


Meg Cadoux Hirshberg


A&A Organics

Bay Federal Credit Union

Beauregard Vineyards

California FarmLink


Coke Farm

Companion Bakeshop

Discretion Brewing

Fogline Farm

Grimmway Farms

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Live Earth Farm

Martella Wine

Odonata Wines

Phil Foster Farm

Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Santa Cruz Seed

Sones Cellars

TomKat Ranch

Tradin Organics

Verve Coffee Roasters


Bock Wines & Spirits

Bonny Doon Vineyard

Canewater Farm

Clover Sonoma

Condor’s Hope

Elizabeth Quinn, M.S., D.C.

Fetzer Vineyards/Bonterra Winery

Frey Vineyards

Margins Cellars 

S. Martinelli & Co.

Mountain Feed and Seed

Palace Arts

Staff of Life

Swanton Berry Farm

Many thanks to the following restaurants for supporting the Center for Agroecology Farm & Garden through their upcoming benefit days (August–October)


Ella's at the Airport

Gabriella Café


La Posta

Ristorante Avanti


Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar