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On Aug. 30 2023, Ricardo Orellana outside of the University Farm office. Orellana was announced as the new farm administrator in April.

Ricardo Orellana: His journey to Chico State farm director

Alejandro Mejia Mejia, Editor-in-Chief // October 28, 2023

In April, Chico State College of Agriculture announced Ricardo Orellana as the new University Farm director after retiring professor Dave Daley served in the role for 13 years. With a rich international...

On Aug. 23, a couple of people are picking peaches off the rows of trees at the Chico State University Farm. Photo captured by Alejandro Mejia Mejia.

University Farm ‘U-Pick Peaches’ sells out on first day

Alejandro Mejia Mejia, Editor-in-Chief // August 28, 2023

Chico State’s annual “U-Pick Peaches” event brought many to the University Farm where they sold out of peaches in the first four hours of the event. The farm has traditionally hosted this event...

two outfits

Weekly fit checks: Farm fits

Ellie Marty, Copy Editor // April 12, 2023

Name: Leah McKechnie Major: Media arts production with a minor in social media analysis and production  Hometown: Sacramento How do you describe your style? “A colorful, modest teddy bear...

Meats Lab student Alexandria Ramirez boxing the freshly made sausages for a package, taken on Oct. 15, 2021.

Quality meats, tasty treats at Chico State’s Meats Lab

Shae Pastrana and Melvin Bui // October 27, 2021

Run by a crew of eight students preparing to enter the meat industry, Chico State’s Meats Lab is Butte County’s only USDA-inspected meat processing facility. In the pandemic’s early days, the lab...

Panini Machini

Off the road and on the bus: Panini Machini keeps Chico farm-fresh

Shae Pastrana, Reporter // October 20, 2021

Behind a funny name lies the work of a local who brings inspiration back home from his travels. With a menu built on Butte County’s dollars, Panini Machini surfaced with a farm-to-sandwich concept in...

Nicole Marlin and her dog, Rider, were on campus April 5 to raise awareness of the Stockdog Associations fundraiser. Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

Stockdog Association showcases dogs on campus

Molly Sullivan // May 9, 2016
The Chico Stockdog Association brings out their dogs for Chico State students.
At least 64 hives have been taken from a Butte County orchard. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Beekeepers feeling the sting

Molly Sullivan // February 24, 2016
Bee thefts escalate as Butte County enters pollination season.
Junior agriculture education major Austin Weatherby describes how he has grown as a person and employee through working at the University Farm. Photo credit: Alisa Thorsen

University Farm nourishes real-life skills for students

Alisa Thorsen // May 4, 2015
Chico State student Austin Weatherby has gained valuable experiences working in the orchards at Chico State's farm.
Almond blooms at University Farm. Photo courtesy Samuel Monteon

Chico celebrates National Agriculture Week

Austin Redfern // March 16, 2015
Chico State will promote agriculture awareness to local students while on spring break.
University Farm held the 47th annual FFA Field Day on Saturday. Photo courtesy Chico State

Chico State hosts 25 events for FFA field day

Katherine Feaster // March 14, 2015
High school students from all over the state came to University Farm to take part in an agriculture field day.
Farm staff member Kevin Renker explains how newly-installed waterlines irrigate the field at the University Farm. Photo credit: John Domogma

New watering system improves farming

Robert Engels // November 29, 2014
A new wheel line system will have positive effects throughout the University Farm.

Chico State reduces water through system improvements

Robert Engels // September 2, 2014
Chico State has reduced water usage and improved irrigation systems campuswide.
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