The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems – 50 years Outstanding in Their Field

Nestled in the coastal range above Santa Cruz, CA. lays a living piece of history that continues to make significant contributions to organic agriculture. Dating back to 1967 when master gardener Alan Chadwick transformed the rolling chaparral into a prolific organic garden, the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) has evolved into a multifaceted research, education, and public service endeavor.  The work at their 33 acre organic farm continues to make an impact on organic producers locally and across the globe. Continue reading

Spinning the Web of Organic Food Systems

farm-bbIt was a fine rainy winter afternoon in January when I set off to visit UCSC’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Affectionately shortened to “CASFS,” this is a 33-acre paradise of organic farmland and gardens where undergraduates from the University go through an apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture. Since its inception over 50 years ago, over 1500 young, ardent souls have ploughed the soil, mulched the compost, and sown the seeds of agroecology in order to make a difference in the world. These seeds have sprouted into an organic food nexus that encompasses the central coast where I live, improving lives here and throughout the good food movement across the country. Continue reading