Fall gardening workshop offered Sunday, August 24

The calendar may still say summer, but now is the best time to plant crops for the fall and winter vegetable garden. Join gardening expert Trish Hildinger for a lecture and demonstration workshop on "Planting the Thanksgiving Feast" at the UC Santa Cruz Farm on Sunday, August 24, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

Hildinger, an experienced school gardening instructor, will teach you how to plan ahead and extend your gardening season with timely tips on what to plant and how to plant it for harvest at Thanksgiving and through the winter.

The class will include information on vegetable varieties that perform well in this region, direct seeding and transplanting techniques, and soil preparation for fall planting. Planting a late-summer garden is a great way to save money on your fall and winter grocery bills.

Cost of the workshop is $15 for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, and $20 for the general public, payable the day of the class (check or cash only). No pre-registration is necessary. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. Memberships to the Friends of the Farm and Garden are available at the workshop.

For more information, call (831) 459-3240, email mtbrown@ucsc.edu, or see casfs.ucsc.edu. The workshop is cosponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden.

The UCSC Farm is located one-quarter mile up the gravel road above the Blacksmith Shop; free public parking is available across the street from the Blacksmith Shop in the Physical Plant parking lot, just inside the main entrance to the UCSC campus.