Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

People gather around a speaker while sitting on grass.Holistic Management Intensive

December 9-18, 2019 in Lompoc, CA

This 10 day immersive experience is designed for someone who wants to learn the whole of Holistic Management in one session. This unique framework builds your understanding of the whole you are working within and guides you in developing a context appropriate pathway to management for ecological, economic, and community health.

An Orchard bathes in the sun.Farming in the New Normal

January 7, 2020 in Vacaville, CA

A workshop for growers on agriculture and climate. Explore how your operation can adapt and thrive in a new climate reality. Topics include coping with extreme weather, soil health, climate adaption, optimizing irrigation water use, grazing system strategies for drought, and pest control in a changing climate.

Students hold signs advertising the This Way To Sustainability Conference.This Way To Sustainability Conference

March 26-27, 2020 in Chico, CA

This nationally recognized, student-run conference focuses on challenges, ideas, solutions, and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1,400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability.

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Farming equipment.Conservation Low Tillage Methods & Equipment to Reduce Time between Crops and Increase Soil Health for Large Scale Farming

December 6, 2019 in Watsonville, CA

Workshop topics: benefits of conservation tillage; other soil health practices and benefits; methods and equipment involved in conservation tillage on large acreage; results—soil; savings and productivity; EQIP & CDFA funding of soil health practices.

Students strike.Chico Climate Strike

December 6, 2019 in Chico, CA

Chico will join the nation-wide climate strike to demand that transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. This is also our day to build upon the people power that was demonstrated back on September 20th when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the largest global climate strike to date.

Two people stand in the middle of a field of cows.Regenerative Agriculture: Tools to Remove & Sequester Carbon Dioxide

December 5, 2019 in Chico, CA

Cynthia Daley, Roy Ekland, Charlotte Ekland and Sandy Fisher will discuss how local farmers, ranchers and researchers are not only experimenting with, but in some places, already employing ways to curtail the dramatic amounts of CO2 now being released by current agricultural methods.


Cover crops.Cover Crop Field Day

December 5, 2019 in Audubon, CA

Cover crops are an amazing alternative to leaving your field fallow after harvest. Often applied as a mix of differnt plant seeeds, cover crops help return nitrogen to the soil and reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizer needed.

Sheep graze.Ovines in the Vines

December 5, 2019 in Paso Robles, CA

Presented by Grazing School of the West, “Ovines in the Vines” is an intensive field day for vineyard managers to introduce the use of grazing sheep as an ecological approach to managing vegetation in the season between harvest and budbreak, as well as an introduction for grazing beyond budbreak.

Hands hold soilSoil Health Academy

December 3-5, 2019 in Chico, CA

This course will examine all aspects of regenerative farming and ranching, soil health, plant health, and animal health. Hands-on experience will be heavily emphasized. This is a power-packed three days that will change your farm or ranch should be and can be.

A cartoon image of the earth melting.Climate Change and the Existential Crisis: A Panel on Ethics and Action

November 20, 2019 in Chico, CA

A panel discussion with Mark Stemen, Geography and Planning Department; Troy Jollimore, Philosophy Department; Randy Larsen, Philosophy Department; and Haley Adams, AS Sustainability. This event is free to the public.

Farmers work the land.Regenerate Conference

November 19-22, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association will collaborate again to convene ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, land managers, scientists, medical professionals, nutritionists, students, teachers, and others to explore ideas of Health from the Soil Up.

A painting of a man and woman holding a plant as bees buzz around.2019 Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium

November 16, 2019 in Point Reyes Station, CA

We will explore the role of partnership in elevating and activating right relationship with bioregional material culture. Hear from scientists, community leaders, landscape managers, and artists: together we will come to understand how partnerships support whole ecosystem health and connections between communities.

People run to honor veterans.2019 Veterans Day 5k Hoorah Run/Walk

November 9, 2019 in Chico, CA

Celebrate and honor our Veterans at this event, hosted by CSU, Chico Facilities Management and Services. The course starts in front of Kendall Hall and takes you on a route throughout the beautiful campus. Sign up early as there is a limited supply of commemorative shirts available with registration. Funds raised will be awarded to veteran students through an application process between FMS and The Office of Veterans Affairs.

A piece of farming equipmentHealthy Soils Field Day and Equipment Showcase

November 6, 2019, in Meridian, CA

Listen to presentations on soil health work in the region. Topics will include warm season cover cropping, regenerative agriculture, resilient systems, methane Consumption in annual cropping systems, and building soil carbon-impacts. There will be an equipment viewing and discussion period.


Dr. Isaya Kisekka

GEOS Seminar

November 4, 2019, in Chico, CA

Hear Dr. Isaya Kisekka, Associate Professor at University California, Davis speak about sustainable agricultural water management in California for enhanced productivity and environmental outcomes. This event is sponsored by The Association of Geological and Environmental Students, an academic club with the common interest of environmental and earth processes

A pomegranate hands from a branch.North State Food & Farming Convening: Creating a Regional Food System Resilient to Disaster

October 24, 2019 in Chico, CA

Come share and learn from the North State community on topics including supporting our family farmers, food access and recovery, and the health of local food systems in the face of disaster.

Flowers bathe in the sun at Full Belly FarmDemystifying on Farm Beneficial Microbes

October 24, 2019 in Woodland, CA

Join farmer panelists Paul Muller, Liz Schroeder and Jeff Main and research panelists Kate Scow, Amelie Gaudin, and Johan Leveau for an afternoon of conversation on the ins and outs of managing on-farm soil microbes.

Compost is held in hands.Using Compost in Tomato Systems - A Healthy Soils Program Workshop

October 10, 2019 in Woodland, CA

Learn about using compost in tomato systems from Nicole Tautges, UC Davis; Suellen Witham, Westside Spreading; Ike Glick, Pequea Machines; Colin Muller, Muller Ranch.

Cindy Daley kneels on the ground with two students beside her examining soil in the middle of cows grazing.The Art and Science of Regenerative Agriculture: Its Role in the Climate Crisis

October 7, 2019 in Chico, CA

Dr. Daley will address the need for a more regenerative form of agriculture based on the current state of our ecological systems, status of our existing food system, and the impact our current ag policies have had on human health.

A rangeland glows in the sun.Carbon Farm Planning

October 3, 2019 in Los Banos

Learn how to measure greenhouse gas benefits using Comet-Planner, how to develop a carbon farm, and plan the scientific and applied basis for carbon farming conservation practices that sequester carbon in row crops, rangelands and forests.

A truck drives down a hill.Cattle, Carbon & Compost

October 1, 2019 in Yolo County

Larn about research efforts seeking to improve forage and increase rangeland soil carbon storage. Tour compost trial sites and see a 50‐acre compost application.

Julie Sze smiles for the cameraEnvironmental Justice as Freedom

October 3, 2019 in Chico, CA

Julie Sze, Professor and Founding Chair of American Studies at the University of California, Davis will speak about environmental humanities

Earth is aflame on top and freezing on the bottom.2019 Fall Speaker Series: Climate Change — Butte County Issues

September 19, October 17, November 14, December 5 in Chico, CA

Sessions include "Climate Crisis — We are Living It," "Possibilities for Change in Butte County," "Where Are We Now — A County-Wide View," and "Regenerative Agriculture: Tools to Remove & Sequester CO2."

Jeffrey Cohen smiles for the camera.Noah’s Arkive: Utopia, Failure and Climate Change

September 19, 2019 in Chico, CA

Jeffrey Cohen examines the intimacy of the Noah’s ark myth to contemporary imaginings of conservation and refuge.

Naomi Klein poses for a photoshootNaomi Klein

September 28, 2019 in Chico, CA

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and author of the "New York Times" and several international bestsellers. In this talk, she will be joined by Eddie Vela, PhD., Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State Universitity, Chico. 

Walnuts hang from a tree in a green orchardCover Cropping in Nut Orchards

August 28, 2019 in Colusa, CA

Growers and technical advisers will share information regarding cover crops in Colusa county with particular attention on integrating cover crops into the management calendar and seed selection.

A cow looks at the camera.

Range Tailgate 2: Cows, Compost & Carbon

August 27, 2019 in Petaluma, CA

Sonoma RCD and Sonoma Mountain Institute invite ranchers and prospective ranchers to come learn the latest findings from their Healthy Soils Demonstration Project. Participants will look at how compost application influences soil health and forage productivity on a working rangeland.

Cover crops.Cover Crops and Soil Health Intensive with Dr. Christine Jones

June 24-25, 2019 in Chico, CA

Dr. Jones joins us from Australia for a cover crops intensive focusing on carbon sequestration and regenerative soil practices. She has played a crucial role in the carbon credits program and regenerative agriculture efforts in Australia

A butterfly flutters its wings at the Butte Creek Ecological ReserveTeaching & Researching the Camp Fire: Tour of the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

June 24, 2019 in Chico, CA

Join a driving tour of the Reserve with director Eli Goodsell who will teach about all of the work being done post-Camp Fire on and around the Reserve. The tour will shed light on the impact of the fire on our region and the critical work being done to mitigate future fire damage.

FireComposting and Controlled Burns

June 18, 2019 in Yolo County, CA

The second in a series of workshops highlighting carbon projects funded through CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program. Jeff Creque of the Carbon Cycle Institute will provide a how-to demonstration of onfarm compost. Phil Dye of Prometheus Fire Consulting will discuss prescribed fire, carbon sequestration, challenges and opportunities.

CompostCompost Bootcamp: Biostimulant Strategies for Regenerative Ag

June 6-7, 2019 in Paicines, CA

A Hands-on Intensive with Gerry Gillespie & Christine Jones focusing on how to make and apply beneficial life-supporting seed and soil inoculants in place of high analysis fertilizers and seed dressings.

Water bottlesCamp Fire Water Resources Monitoring and Research Symposium

June 4, 2019 in Chico, CA

The symposium brings together researchers who have been investigating the impacts of the Camp Fire and other urban fires in Northern California. Speakers will cover research conducted on waterways, gardens, working landscapes and the urban environment following the recent fires in our local community.

Cows grazing

The Future of Farming is Regenerative

May 9-10, 2019 in Medford, OR

This event, presented by Our Family Farms, will begin by laying the foundation for theory about regenerative agriculture, then focus on connecting theory with practices in the field, and conclude with examples of farms that have successfully implemented these principles.

Soil samples in the Soil Rad LabSoil Health Workshop

May 6-7, 2019 in Chico, CA

Nicole Masters is a New Zealand based soil expert focusing on the biological aspects of soil regarding carbon sequestration and regenerative farming. She will be talking with us about biological diversity in production systems, and how you can shift and improve your management to include a healthy soils focus.

Run Happy Bee Happy event poster4th Annual Run Happy Bee Happy Run & Brunch

April 27, 2019 in Denair, CA

The profits will benefit Planet Bee Foundation and the CSU, Chico Regenerative Agriculture Initiative. Run or walk the path which will show you the organic pasture dairy, solar panels, olive and almond trees, organic pastured hens, and more. After the race, a brunch will be prepared with local foods and beverages.

Chico Flax Field DayChico Flax Field Day

April 27, 2019 in Chico, CA

Look at what Chico Flax is doing with their grant Healthy Soils Incentive sponsored by California Department of Food and Agriculture for carbon sequestering farming.

Ranch Resiliency and Range StewardshipRanch Resiliency and Range Steward Workshop

April 22-24, 2019 in Susanville, CA

This event is the second in a series of Ranch Resiliency workshops in Susanville. It will focus on stockmanship through an emphasis on the principles and techniques of low stress livestock handling. The workshop will start with a classroom portion, followed by two options for hands-on work with cattle at Willow Creek Ranch.