CSU, Chico News

Holistic Agriculture Conference at CSU, Chico Aims to Change the Future of Farming

Date: 11-03-2016

Amanda Rhine
Public Affairs
Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s College of Agriculture is partnering with the Jefferson Center of Holistic Management for the Grazing for Change: Igniting a Consumer Revolution conference being held at the University Farm on Friday, Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. CSU, Chico’ University Farm is located at 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane in Chico.

This event is open to consumers, producers, suppliers and retailers in order to establish regional regenerative supply networks, which aim to create a year-round market and production system for products that regenerate land and human health without compromising soil or creating waste.

Attendees will hear regenerative agriculture leaders speak and will later have the opportunity to join in a discussion about how to revolutionize the production and consumption of food.

Cynthia Daley, a professor at CSU, Chico’s College of Agriculture, will be a co-host of the event, along with Spencer and Abbey Smith, who own and operate the Jefferson Center for Holistic Management.

The audience will also view documentaries telling the stories of regenerative farmers who are managing holistically across the world.

The Jefferson Center is a learning center and demonstration ranch that brings the method of land and resource management through hands-on opportunities to producers, landowners, and consumers in their region. The center offers classes, workshops and work-study programs focused on holistic management principles and practices. The center’s goal is to strengthen rural communities, decrease risk of catastrophic wildfires and improve soil health.

Regenerative agriculture is an approach to food and farming systems that complements nature’s processes and the technology to feed growing populations, regenerate topsoil and enhance biodiversity. This strategy is in line with CSU, Chico’s commitment to sustainability.

In support of that effort, the College of Agriculture has created the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (RAI), a working group of multi-disciplinary faculty who aim to investigate, develop, demonstrate and educate about comprehensive and regenerative practices that can restore and enhance the resiliency of living systems.