College of Agriculture

College of Agriculture Partners with Madera Community College for Agricultural Summer Camp

Announced on: Monday, July 29, 2019

students practice transplanting at university farm. The College of Agriculture hosted high school students from the Madera Community College district July 22-24 for an agricultural summer camp at the University Farm. Coordinated by senior CSU, Chico agricultural education major Sarah Richardson and Madera Community College instructor Sam Rodriguez, the three-day camp aimed to expose the high school seniors to the diverse career opportunities in agriculture.

Chico State students served as mentors, sharing their college experiences with each participant. The camp began Monday evening with a dinner and s’mores social. The next day, students took part in a tour of the University Farm, including each of the livestock units, horticulture unit, and mechanics shop where students got their hands dirty in engaging activities like transplanting. During industry breakout sessions, professionals in animal science, agricultural business, food science, and plant and soil science held workshops to guide students through the options in each field. Industry representatives included individuals from Chico State College of Agriculture, Schager Nutrition Consulting, California Almond Board, Golden State Farm Credit, and Sohnrey Family Foods. On the final day of the summer camp, students toured successful agricultural companies.

“The purpose of this event was to provide students with clarity into future possibilities and provide some tools necessary to pursuing their goals in the agriculture industry through providing experiences that they would not normally be exposed to in a high school classroom,” Richardson said.

For Chico State students, the event was an opportunity to share their own personal experiences while creating lasting connections as mentors to the high school students.

“Our hope was that students who were potentially unsure about attending college or nervous about the transition were welcomed by the kindness of our student facilitators who spoke encouragingly of their college experiences,” Richardson said.

Funding for this event was made possible by the National Science Foundation.