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The entrance of Chico States University Farm, taken on Oct 15. 2021.

Cows, pigs and sheep … Oh, my! University Farm guided tour thrills

Alex Martin and Melvin Bui // October 23, 2021

Chico State’s University Farm is offering free tractor-guided tours every third Friday of each month at 2 p.m.  The College of Agriculture provides free roundtrip shuttle rides from campus to...

Chico State holds annual sustainability conference online to discuss resiliency, city planning.

Kimberly Morales, Staff Writer // April 9, 2020

Chico State students, faculty and staff continued to host the 15th annual “This Way to Sustainability,” conference online on March 26 and 27 after COVID-19 restrictions moved the university to close...

The Sustainability Task Force held a meeting Thursday evening detailing making the task force a commission at the Municipal Center. Photo credit: Nate Rettinger

Sustainability Task Force unites with people of Chico against climate change

Nate Rettinger // March 6, 2019

The Sustainability Task Force held a meeting Thursday evening to discuss taking steps to become a commission. They also endorsed the Declaration of Climate Emergency as proposed by Chico 350, a local group...

Hayrides are offered for a drive around the pumpkin patch. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Chico High Future Farmers Of America pumpkin patch returns after five years

Olyvia Simpson // October 15, 2018

For the entirety of their summer vacation, anywhere from one to eight students came out to the field for a few hours every Monday through Friday, to individually pull out weeds growing between pumpkins...

Warren Gilbert owner of A&G Orchards. Photo credit: Kaley Wise

Overtime bill passes for farmworkers

Kaley Wise // September 13, 2016

New legislation that would expand overtime pay for agriculture workers by 2019 was passed Monday, August 29 in California. The bill, introduced by assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, is now being sent to Governor...

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Invest in student innovators to survive California drought

Dylan Dewit // February 7, 2015

The California drought has gotten so bad. “How bad is it?” It’s so bad that our state looks like this. Also like this. Sorry, no punch line here. Just sad depictions of California’s worsening...

Anya Fernald, the CEO and founder of Belcampo, a California-based meat company, talks the future of sustainable agriculture. Photo credit: Yessenia Funes

Agriculture not green enough, experts say

Yessenia Funes // March 6, 2014

Anya Fernald, CEO and founder of Belcampo, believes aspiring farmers should go big rather than small. Belcampo is an California-based agricultural company that handles meat the old-fashioned way but on...

The University Farm hopes to open a store to sell its goods to the community.Photo credit: Shannon Miller

University Farm plans to open store

Dominique Diaz // February 24, 2014

A new farm store may make its way into Chico State. The College of Agriculture is considering opening up a new store that would encourage students to buy locally and bring more revenue to the school. The...

Kyle Riddle, a senior agricultural business major, works the table for the Organic Vegetable Project inside the Bell Memorial Union.Photo credit: Frances Mansour

Agricultural organization offers organic vegetables

Gary Nelson // February 11, 2014

The University Farm is opening a new market on Friday with the Organic Vegetable Project. The Organic Vegetable Project is a grant-funded, research-based and student-run project that started in...

Farmers revive land from dry spell

Christine Lee // January 20, 2014

University Farm students and staff are combating the drought this season by digging up the farm’s groundwater earlier than expected to replenish the land.January typically brings in three inches...

LaMalfa speaks to agriculture students

Nicholas Carr // September 24, 2013

Congressman Doug LaMalfa was the guest speaker in two senior-level capstone classes, Agricultural Policy and Agricultural Issues on Monday. LaMalfa, a farmer and businessman from Richvale, took students’...

Congressman Doug LaMalfa Student Q&A

September 23, 2013

Congressman LaMalfa was the guest speaker in two senior-level capstone classes, Agricultural Policy (ABUS 451) and Agricultural Issues (AGRI 482). LaMalfa, a farmer and businessman from Richvale, took...

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