Become a docent at the UCSC Farm & Garden

Do you enjoy gardening, learning about food and farming issues, and sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with others? If the answer is "yes!," then consider becoming a tour guide at two of Santa Cruz's most beautiful locations. The UC Santa Cruz Farm & Garden is looking for volunteer docents to help lead tours of the 25-acre organic farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus.

A docent training will take place on six Monday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 6:30 p.m., beginning April 7 and ending May 12, at the UCSC Farm's Louise Cain Gatehouse. The first session will include a no-obligation orientation for those who want to know more about the opportunities available to docents.

Farm & Garden docents help with a range of activities that include tours, public education events, work days, and other efforts that support the Farm & Garden's community outreach work.

During the training sessions, participants will learn about organic farming and gardening practices, issues in sustainable agriculture, and the research that takes place at the UCSC Farm. After completing the training, docents are asked to lead one to two tours a month and will be encouraged to take part in enrichment meetings on such topics as bee keeping, crop planning, birds of the farm, and pest control.

For more details and to register for the training, please contact Joan Tannheimer at (831) 459-3240, or The training is sponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.