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Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

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

March 26-27, 2020 in Chico, CA has moved online! (Click this box to find out how to join in.)

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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Prescribed Grazing on San Diego Rangelands

March 27, 2020 in San Diego, CA

The purpose of this event is to highlight the hands-on experiences of these benefits and challenges, to build stronger relationships and a better understanding between ranchers, land managers and conservation professionals. 

chico-flaxChico Flax - Spring 2020 Harvest

March 28, 2020 in Chico, CA

Plant, harvest and process flax into linen - join in the harvest!

Why Flax? Fiber flax is one of the most sustainable fibers in the world, providing a highly desirable, durable and biodegradable fiber for textile applications, along with several innovative by-products. Join us this year for a hands-on harvest while touring our farm and learning about the importance of growing flax in our community.

Logo for the Wildcats on the Farm eventWildcat Day on the Farm

April 17, 2020 at the CSU, Chico University Farm, Chico, CA-- Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

This open house for Chico State students, faculty, and staff will feature a free shuttle to-and-from campus, guided tractor tours, food trucks, games and prizes. 

participants at an earlier Earth Day Festival at Chico State Festival Earth Day Festival

April 22, 2020, Trinity Commons, CSU Chico—Cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions

10 a.m.–2 p.m. There is no better time to celebrate the earth and get involved in protecting it than right now. Enjoy a day of hands-on activities about recycling, DIY energy conservation, leave no trace, and so much more!

grassfed exchange conference logo2020 Grassfed Exchange Conference

May 27-29, 2020 in Fort Worth, TX

Scholarship Applications for farmers are available now!!! This year's conference theme, “Shared Stewardship”, is focused specifically on a “big tent” ethos in broadening our community and welcoming farmers, producers, and food system leaders from all walks. We are centering a diverse, intergenerational set of voices, focusing on how to make the future of regenerative agriculture successful.

people participating in a training in a fieldJefferson Center Ranch Field Day

June 6, 2020 in Fort Bidwell, CA

Explore outcomes of the Healthy Soils Demonstration Project including holistic planned grazing, interseeding with a No Till drill, compost applications and riparian buffer strip tree plantings. Meet founders of the Ecological Outcomes Verification team, including Pablo Borelli from Argentina. Discuss carbon market opportunities available to producers in 2020. Followed by a locally sourced lunch.

Past events...

climate-lit-sympTeaching Climate and Environmental Literacy Panel and Discussion

March 11, 2020 in Chico, CA

Please join us in SSC 150 for a symposium at Chico State focused on Teaching Climate, Environmental Literacy, and Place-based Climate Education. We will hear from educators with practical experience engaging learners in these themes. The target audience for the symposium is both educators and students along with the public.

2020 Healthy Soils Program Seeks Farmers to Apply for Funding with FREE Workshops to Learn How to Apply

Wednesday, March 11 in Red Bluff, CA

Learn how to apply for $100k in grant funding to implement agricultural practices that improve soil health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon through CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program (HSP). The workshops will provide hands-on grant application assistance.

students attending the field dayCover Crops Field Day

March 5, 2020 in Lockeford, CA

Learn about the economic and other practical value of using cover crops as well as specific cover crops most useful to the San Joaquin Valley.

cwe logoWild & Scenic Film Festival

February 26, 2020 in Chico, CA

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is one of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals. The Festival brings award-winning films about nature, community activism, adventure, conservation, climate change, and environmental justice. This year’s films, combining stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling, will not only take audiences to some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, but instill a deep appreciation and a sense of wonder for the natural world that surrounds and supports us. 

seedlings poking through compostBiochar Workshop

February 22, 2020 in Butte County, CA

This workshop will provide an opportunity to inform and inspire students, faculty and the community about Biochar including ongoing projects on the Butte College campus. Biochar is a compost useful for water conservation, carbon sequestration and improve soil health. 

Bioneers Benefit for CHAT LogoBioneers Benefits for Chico Housing Action Team (CHAT): Solutions on Environmental Issues

January 30 and February 6, 2020 in Chico, CA

Bioneers is a non-profit organization that seeks to "act as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges." At this series of events there will be viewings of DVDs from last year's conference featuring Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken, and May Boeve, with additional in-person commentary from local experts Vice Mayor Alex Brown, councilmember Karl Ory, and others. 

Butte Environmental Council LogoEnvironmental Coalition Gathering Planning Meeting

January 21, 2020 in Chico, CA

The next ECBC meeting (Environmental Coalition of Butte County) will be Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:00 at the Chico Public Library. This is a time to update one another about the events our organizations have coming up, to seek collaboration, and to plan our Environmental Gathering in March.

Organic Survival: Practical Strategies for Resistance, Resilience and Regeneration

January 22, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA

Part of the 40th Annual EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove, CA, this pre-conference “intensive” is open to conference attendees, as well as all food and agriculture industry professionals, educators and students. Visionary CEOs from four leading social purpose businesses will discuss how new and existing models can address and sustain the values and financial viability of the organic industry.

Carbon Farm Planning Workshop

January 16, 2020 in Chico, CA

Come learn about the scientific and applied basis for carbon farming conservation practices that sequester carbon in row crops, rangelands and forests. You'll learn the principles behind carbon farming, how to measure greenhouse gas benefits using the COMET-Planner, and how to develop a Carbon Farm Plan. 

Hands holding compostBiochar Production Workshops

January 6-10, 2020 in Butte County, CA

Biochar is a time tested method of converting biomass into a soil amendment for water conservation, carbon sequestration and improve soil health. This series of workshops will be held in multiple on-site locations in Concow, Paradise, and Forest Ranch.

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.

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.

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.

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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 different 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.