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Yesterday’s Farm

September 13-17, 2023 


During the Santa Cruz County Fair, the Agricultural History Project presents “Yesterday’s Farm”. We open our doors to showcase our museum, restoration barns, farm implements and host activities to help teach kids and adults alike about what farming and ranching was like in the past. The Early Day Gas Engine and Tractor Association will have their collection on display. Old-fashioned cooking demonstrations will take place all week long. Check the schedule to catch a demo on making bread from hand ground wheat. The Codiga Center & Museum, will host the Hand Spun & Woven exhibit for the county fair. Every day of the fair, we sponsor a daily tractor parade, through the fairgrounds to show off our antique tractor collection.

Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts during fair operating hours.  

Fair admission and parking will be provided.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Apple Blossom Lane Information Booth
    • One – two people will be needed to help welcome guest to Yesterday’s Farm.  This table will have information on Yesterday’s Farm daily demonstrations, AHP Membership, ongoing yearly AHP events, Annual Dinner & the Fairgrounds Foundation Fair Time Scavenger Hunt.
  • Codiga Center & Museum Docent
    • One docent is needed to roam the building and answer any questions and make sure guest are acting appropriately.
  • General Grounds Monitor
    • One – two people will be needed to roam the AHP site.  This person(s) will oversee looking after the buildings, cows & water pumps.  They will be available to answer questions about demonstrations & events.
  • Drive-A-Tractor – Driver & Waiver Person
    • We will need two persons to run this station.  One will drive the tractor and one person to help families’ complete waivers and keep order of the line.
  • Tractor Parade Drivers
    • Tractor parades will Wednesday – Saturday at 6:30 PM, & Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • Caboose              
    • One person is needed to answer questions and watch over the caboose.
  • Education Morning Volunteers – Thursday September 14 – 9:00 AM – Noon
    • Weavers, Quilters, Hay Wagon Rider Drivers & Line Monitors, Cow Milking, Water Pumps, animal monitor, two Codiga Center Docents.
  • LHF Porch 2:00 – 4:00 PM
    • The LHF Committee is working on setting up demonstrations on the porch during designated hours during the Fair. If you are interested in hosting a demonstration, please let us know.

Help us put on Yesterday’s Farm. Sign up to volunteer now!


Agricultural History Project
Center & Museum

2601 East Lake Avenue
Watsonville, California 95076

Open EVERY 2nd Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for Second Saturday on the Farm

Tuesday - Saturday by Appointment Only
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Call (831) 724-5898 or (831) 566-2817

Group tours may be arranged in advance by appointment.

Facilities are handicapped accessible.

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and major holidays.