UC Santa Cruz Farm

Apologies again for the slow posting, planning this season has taken a bit out of me. I have a very special trip in May I’ll show you very soon after, so you can also head out and enjoy the sights more contemporaneously.

Last July, for my 30th birthday, I went to my alma mater Santa Cruz for the day. I had never visited the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems on campus, so I took a weekend tour. Here is the trip…

 

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One of the old barns on campus

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A recent donation stabilized that one and built this new one for events

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The door to the classroom was a lovely carving

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They had an amphitheater as well

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And a sundial that basically never works, since this is on the coast with lots if fog

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The tiled dials were quite pretty

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Wait, wasn’t there already a 6? Oh well, this one was the prettiest

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Woodpeckers had gotten to this oak I think

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Kiwi vines

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And hops vines

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They grow lettuce in the greenhouses, trippy

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So many

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They had one of my favorite wildflowers, larkspur

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It comes in many shades

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They put many of the starts out for cut flower arrangements

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Ceanothus, or California lilac, smells lovely

 

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I really liked the purple of this flowers

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It is a working farm that people pay to learn at full-time, so lots of production processes were on display

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Out in the fields some crops were just getting going

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While others, like these blackberries, were ripening up nicely

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Up close you can better see the tempting fruit, which is donated to local food banks

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They also had quinoa

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Several varieties, some more colorful than others

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The remnants of the spring pea crop

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Lots of row covers to amplify the sun they do get

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Along with wonderful compost piles

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It is full of many layers of straw, manure, and green waste that creates some amazing soil

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An apple orchard

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Dwarf apples, or just the trees? I think the fruit was quite immature, but not sure

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A very long field of corn

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Strawberries, which have to be grown in different places each year to prevent rampant disease

 

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A field cat in the foreground, in the back are the huts the students live in!

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Lovely onion makes me want to grow them

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A small citrus section was blooming with sweet flowers

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Some limes

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A cardoon, which is a cousin to artichokes

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Nectarines

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A nice little house under the tree

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And an old meat processing shack

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With a garden in front

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There was this spectacular rose with the deepest bright red I have ever seen

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And finish with a very, very old buckeye tree twisted by the coastal winds

 

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Next up, the exotic australian flowers of the arboretum

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