CSU, Chico

Kristina Moore, Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

Kristina Moore, Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management

 When graduating senior Kristina Moore transferred to California State University, Chico from Santa Barbara City College, she didn't come with a strong agriculture background. Fortunately, that didn't stop Moore from finding her calling and passion in crops, horticulture, and land resource management as she dove headfirst into what the College of Agriculture had to offer her. Through her impressive commitment, involvement, and genuine interest in agriculture, Moore was selected as the 2013 Crops, Horticulture, and Land Resource Management Star Student. 

Moore grew up in Ventura, Calif., which is quite a journey from Chico. It was there where her initial spark of interest in the crops industry was ignited while spending time with her father and grandfather planting gardens in the backyard. The idea of pursuing a career in agriculture first came up when Moore traveled to Canada. 

"We went to this small island called Saltspring," explained Moore. "The island was amazing and had all of these small-scale farms where people essentially lived off the land and sold the extra of what they grew. I loved it there and decided that I wanted to do that too: I wanted to own a farm one day."

Moore graduated from Buena High School and attended Santa Barbara City College, where she was in the Environmental Studies Club. She graduated with an Associate of Arts in Environmental Studies as well as an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Moore transferred to California State University, Chico to pursue a degree in agriculture with an option in crops, horticulture, and land resource management. Initially Moore was interested in attending Chico State because she had family members who were alumni. However, after visiting the campus, Moore fell in love with the campus, college, and sense of community of Chico. 

Since her initial acceptance to CSU, Chico, Moore has taken advantage of every opportunity to make up for lost time and gain practical experience in the crops industry. She has worked at the University Farm's Organic Vegetable Project (OVP) for almost a year. In this position, Moore has learned about all aspects of organic crop production through preparing and maintaining fields, seeding in the greenhouse and fields, installing irrigation drip tapes, and transplanting plugs and bulbs into the fields. The OVP sells organic produce at a seasonal vegetable stand on campus and to the Associated Students Food Service. 

Plant science professor Betsy Boyd believes that Moore is the type of individual who makes things happen. "Kristina develops visions and brings them to life," she said. "She's able to get resources and support for everything she does and wants to accomplish and is truly one of the hardest-working people I know. Kristina pursues what she loves, which is agriculture. She does everything genuinely because she loves it. I'm inspired by her tenacity as well as her capacity to envision and pursue her ideas, hopes, and dreams."

Moore is a key component of the OVP as a research assistant studying organic production while planning rotations and varieties of trials. She is paid through a grant to conduct research on tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and peppers to determine which are grown more efficiently in an organic production system.    

Moore is currently serving as president of the Crop Science and Horticulture Club, where she is responsible for planning meetings, keeping members engaged with industry leaders, integrating community service, managing the club's budget, and generating revenue through plant sales. Moore said the leadership experience has taught her a lot about herself.

"I've learned I can step up; handle the pressure of homework, being involved, and working; and get things done," she said. "It has truly been a big confidence booster."

Moore hopes to one day own her own "destination farm," where she would be able to welcome the public. 

"Ideally I'll grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables," explained Moore. "I would like to have a farmstand where I can sell produce and products such as jams and pies. I would also love to work with other local farmers or craftsmen and sell things they produce such as honey and cheese. We could even host festivals and gardening workshops. I just have lots of ideas!" 

She has a unique plan of what she eventually would like to do with her degree. "Coming here with little to no agriculture background, it has really opened my eyes to how little most people know about agriculture," stated Moore. "With that said, I've really found a passion in engaging people in community involvement through things like community gardens and teaching people about agriculture and where their food comes from." 

For now, Moore is interested in working anywhere in production agriculture where she can still continue to learn by being hands-on and involved with feeding the world.