Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Regenerative Agriculture Management Systems Professional Course Series

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California is the nation’s leading agricultural producer by total receipts, generating over $50 billion in 2019, far exceeding the number two leading state of Iowa ($27.5 billion). By sheer size and productivity, California has significant potential to contribute to working lands conservation efforts.

However, climate change, diminishing soil health, low implementation of conservation efforts, and lack of knowledge and/or access to information, training, and assistance with systems-based agricultural management have left us less resilient and more vulnerable to economic and environmental threats.

CRARS has developed this four-course professional series, offered through Chico State Regional and Continuing Education(opens in new window), to support the expansion of systems-based farm, ranch, and forest management practices on California working lands, and foster conversation and innovative, collaborative strategies to address current and future threats and opportunities for California agricultural production. The courses are:

  • Systems Theory in Regenerative Ag Management (October 18-December 3)
  • Soil Health Systems Management (January 24-March 4)
  • Science & Practice of Ecological Forest and Range Management (March 21-April 29)
  • Holistic Farm/Ranch Planning & Design (June 6-July 15)

Participants can take any or all courses in the series. Though the courses are not sequential, we do recommend beginning with course #1 as a foundation for future learning. 

Each course is available fully online and can be completed at your own pace. There will be weekly, one-hour live online discussions with participants and faculty, and pass/no pass quizzes to gauge your mastery of the content. A certificate of completion will be given at the end of each course.

Detailed course descriptions are available through Regional Regional & Continuing Education. There is no application required but registration and fees should be submitted more than a week ahead of the start date. (The first class registration is due October 11.) Click here to learn more about all courses and register now.