Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Clayton Handy

Graduate Student

Clayton Handy grew up in a rural community in Idaho; however, he wasn’t personally involved in agriculture until his adult years.


He received a Bachelor's in Business with a minor in Spanish from Brigham Young University in Idaho in 2005. After working in the family transportation business in Utah for six years, Clayton decided to go back to school in 2013 to earn a Bachelor's in Forestry with a minor in Horticulture from Utah State.  With his second Bachelor’s degree, Clayton worked as a certified arborist until he went into farming full-time as the current Unit Manager at Deseret Farms in Chico, overseeing 2,000 acres of commercial walnuts.


We are very excited to have Clayton join our Regenerative Agriculture Interdisciplinary degree program, where he will be studying the use of cover crops in production orchards.

Portrait of Clayton Handy