About Free, guided tour of the UCSC Farm

Enjoy a free tour of one of the most beautiful locations in Santa Cruz—the 30-acre organic farm at UC Santa Cruz. Guided public tours of the farm are offered from 2 pm to 3:30 pm on the first Sunday of the month through November.

Founded in 1971, the UCSC Farm offers examples of organic farming and gardening practices, hosts education programs, and conducts research to improve organic farming techniques. Perched on a meadow near the campus entrance, the farm also offers spectacular views of the Monterey Bay.

Visitors can enjoy touring the organically managed greenhouses, hand-worked garden beds, orchards, row crop fields, and children’s garden, while learning about the history of the site and the basic concepts of organic farming and gardening, including water conservation practices, pest control, and increasing biodiversity.

The tour meets at the Hay Barn, adjacent to the UCSC Farm. Free parking is available in the Hay Barn lot. After you enter the UCSC campus, turn left from Coolidge onto Ranch View Road. The Hay Barn is on your right. Directions are available at: casfs.ucsc.edu/about/directions.html.
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