Center for Agroecology and Food System & Chadwick Gardens

Intern: January 2014- March 2014

Volunteer: March 2014- Current

Santa Cruz, CA


The Internship

The UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden on campus has one of the longest-running programs in agroecology and sustainable food systems in the country. For undergraduates interested in possibly pursuing agriculture in the future, the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden hosts an 12 hour a week internship to begin learning about and apply  sustainable organic agricultural techniques.

After interning for one quarter I could not stop! I enjoyed that learning and direct application way too much ­čÖé ┬áSince that quarter I have consistently volunteered atleast 4 hours a week the subsequent quarters after!

CASFS & Chadwick Garden Undergraduate Internship video: http://vimeo.com/101745978

What I Learned

Interning and volunteering at the UCSC Farm and Alan Chadwick Garden taught me through lecture then hands on application work with the annuals and perennials trees and plants many skills!

Alan Chadwick Garden (3 acre site) taught me these skills:

  • Maintenance of sustainable garden size┬ábeds
  • Pruning and training pome fruits
  • Planted and grafting fruit trees
  • Created propagation soil mixes
  • Building compost piles
  • Harvested basil, peppers, apples, citruses, pome fruits, and lettuce
  • Created biodiverse, nutrient rich, organic soil to grow various annuals and perennials
  • Cover cropped garden production beds of various sizes
  • Learned about sustainable agriculture and practices
  • Winter & fall bed management

The UCSC Farm (30 acre site) taught me these skills:

  • Maintenance of sustainable farm production beds
  • Pruning and training pome fruits
  • Planted and grafting fruit trees
  • Prepped and planted out on garden and field size beds for strawberries, lettuce, potatos, kale, and fava beans
  • Put in data sensor technology into field sized bed to track key soil elements
  • Managing a farms budget and resource allocation
  • Learned about sustainable agriculture and practices
  • Cover cropped field production beds
  • Winter & fall bed management
  • Learnin' about fruit trees!
    Learnin' about fruit trees!
  • Creating Propogation mixes!
    Creating Propogation mixes!