My name is Andrew Blackwelder and it’s my first quarter being the A-quad garden coordinator for the PICA (Program in Community and Agroecology) garden! It’s been an amazing experience so far and we have a lot of projects underway. Some projects we have are planting winter crops (mostly leafy greens) such as Romaine Lettuce, Swiss Chard, and Cabbage. Cover Cropping, is being implemented in many beds and is critical to add nutrients and assure healthy beds for the future.
The garden team has been connecting with the UCSC Farm known as CASFS (Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems) through the second year apprentices. We are coming up with very cool ideas to better connect and organize possible events for the communities and the UCSC community at large. It has been a great opportunity so far!
I’m also working on a media based project to spread awareness about PICA. Such as a PICA t-shirt, designed by current PICAn Sophia DiMatteo, (see design below), for current PICAns, alumni, and friends of PICA. Through photography, documenting work days, and workshops to visually spread awareness of all the awesome activities and weekly opportunities to learn and experience gardening. Additionally, brainstorming future video ideas to spread awareness about the organization and our current best practices.