CSU, Chico

College of Agriculture to Host 22nd Hall of Honor

College of Agriculture to Host 22nd Hall of Honor

California State University, Chico, College of Agriculture will honor Dick and Marian Baldy at the 22nd Hall of Honor reception on Oct. 6, 2012. Dick became a professor in the College of Agriculture in 1970 and helped shape the core of the agriculture curriculum that exists today over the course of 30 years. Marian developed the class in agriculture genetics, became internationally known for her wine expertise, and was the first female tenure-track professor in the agriculture program. The College of Agriculture is pleased to be honoring two influential people who made such an impact in the agriculture department.

In addition to the Hall of Honor reception on the first weekend of October, Chico State’s University farm is a stop on the Sierra Oro Farm Trail. The University Farm will be open for tours, product sampling, and demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 6 and 7. 

The Agricultural Teaching and Research Center (University Farm) was established in 1960 through the efforts of its namesake, Senator Paul L. Byrne. By participating in class labs and working as part-time employees, thousands of students have benefited from the University Farm, located on Hegan Lane, five miles south of the CSU, Chico campus. Farmers and ranchers benefit from research conducted on the farm, and the farm’s produce and meat are sold in the Chico community. The farm annually hosts thousands of school children, as well as professional seminars and Future Farmers of America and 4-H field days.