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Farm-to-Fork Benefit Dinner
UCSC Farm, University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
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Farm-to-Fork Benefit Dinner
Join us for a gourmet field dinner on the landmark UCSC Farm to celebrate the work of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and raise scholarship funding for the CASFS Apprenticeship's training of new organic farmers and gardeners.

The event will take place on Sunday, the 11th of September, starting at 3 pm with a tour of the Farm and silent auction. Dinner will start at 4 pm and features a 5-course meal created with organic ingredients from the UCSC Farm & Garden and other local farms and ranches. The entrée portion of the menu will offer a choice of grass-fed Fogline Farm pork or chicken dishes, and all courses will include full vegetarian options. Fine organic wines will accompany the meal.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person (service charge applies). All proceeds will support scholarships for participants in the CASFS Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture program.

Prior to the dinner, join us for tour of the gardens, fields, greenhouses and orchards of the 25-acre UCSC Farm, and meet some of this year's Apprenticeship course members. Founded in 1971, the Farm serves students, researchers and community members interested in learning about and improving sustainable farming and food systems. The UCSC Farm is located on the University of California Santa Cruz campus, and directions to parking can be found at Please allow at least 20 minutes to park and walk or catch a free shuttle to the Farm.

The 44-year old Apprenticeship program is the premiere organic farmer and gardener training program in the country, with over 1,400 graduates now working across the U.S. and internationally as organic growers, educators, community garden organizers, researchers, and policymakers. The Apprenticeship is based at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz.

This special dinner will be prepared and served by students in the Apprenticeship program under the direction of Chef Matthew Raiford, a member of this year's Apprenticeship class. Chef Raiford is trained in classic French cuisine and has an affinity for Mediterranean flavors. Most recently, Chef Raiford was the Executive Chef for Haute Catering in Washington D.C., the premiere catering company for the U.S. House of Representatives, Canadian Embassy, Pentagon Conference Center and the National Archives.

Farm-to-Fork Dinner Menu

First Course: Roasted Red Kabocha Squash with Aged Parmesan
Second Course: Quick Pickled Salad
Entrée: Roasted Pig ~ or ~ Herb Stuffed Smoked Chicken~ or ~Vegetable Strudel with Oaxaca Pepper Sauce, all served with Tongue of Fire Succotash and Garlic Parsnips
Cheese Course: Artisanal Cheeses with Farm Fruit
Dessert: Apple Tarte Tatin with Sweet Corn Ice Cream
Organic & Fair-trade Coffee and Teas
Wine and other beverages included


UCSC Farm, University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95064
United States


Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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