Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Calendar of Events

Each box-like entry below is a link to an event.

Soil Life in Organic Farming: The Role of Soil Organisms in Soil Health and Resource Conservation

Dec. 5, 2022, 2:30 pm EST, Virtual Webinar

This webinar by the USDA-NRCS will discuss soil life in organic agriculture and the role of soil organisms, such as macro-and micro-fauna, including earthworms, fungi, protozoa, and bacteria.
Continuing education credits are available for conservation planners.

White Buffalo Land Trust’s Holistic Management Intensive

January 5-14, 2023, at Jalama Canyon Ranch, CA.

This 10-day immersive experience guides participants in developing a context-appropriate pathway to management for ecological, economic, and community health through hands-on experience and practical application. With time in the field and in the classroom, students will have a mix of individual and group work time. Key modules included:

  • Financial Planning
  • Planned Grazing
  • Land Planning
  • Ecological Monitoring

This is a Savory accredited course and meets the training requirements for becoming a Savory Institute accredited professional.

Space is limited! Limited scholarships are also available—register by Nov. 28.

Soil Health Academy: Regenerative Farming and Ranching

March 14-16, 2023, Chico University Farm, 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 what your farm or ranch should be and can be. Taught by highly experienced and regenerative farmers. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills. Tuition includes cost of a Regen. Ag. 101 course that we'd like you to complete before attending—that course is offered in the Fall 2022. Scholarship money is available.

Past events...

Old webinar links expire after a short time. This list is simply to give you the gist of what kinds of events have been offered and inspire you to keep in touch!

Regenerate Conference

November 2-4, 2022, Virtual and In-Person, National Western Center, Denver, CO

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and the American Grassfed Association collaborate each year to convene ranchers, farmers, conservationists, land managers, scientists, and thought leaders to share knowledge, build community, and create a culture of resilience and regeneration. 

This year they are excited to explore the intersections of ecology and economy through the lenses of agriculture, science, conservation, economics, racial justice, policy, and culture. Leading up to the conference, they host a month-long series of events including a virtual workshop week and field days throughout the western US. These events will culminate in REGENERATE 2022, their hybrid conference in person at the National Western Center in Denver, CO and online for virtual attendees. 

Scholarships and discounts for beginning agrarians, land stewards, and students are available.

Tackling Climate Challenges in the North State

Wednesday, October 12th, 7:30 p.m. at Gateway Science Museum, 625 Esplanade (near Bidwell Mansion), Chico, CA

Director for the Center for Regenerative Agriculture & Resilient Systems, Cynthia Daley, PhD, will speak about regenerative agriculture incorporates farming practices that seek to improve water use efficiency and enhance biodiversity by reducing the carbon footprint associated with food and fiber production.Data from the Center for Regenerative Agriculture will be shared as well as successful mentor farmer testimonials that support the social, environmental, and economic benefits of regeneration. Call 530-898-4121 for more information.

Fall Shepherd School

October 8th-10th, 2022 at Foggy Bottoms Boys Farm, Ferndale, CA

This three day course is designed to provide the beginning and/or potential shepherd with an introduction to building and caring for a flock during lambing season. Topics include lambing, flock health and nutrition, equipment, low stress handling, grazing systems, sheering, evaluating wool, breeding, and more. Lunch and dinner and on-site dry camping provided as well as local recommendations for accommodation.

California Native Grassland Association GRASS Award Speaker Series event

October 4, 2022, 7-8 pm, Virtual

Speaker Robert Fitch, UCSB, shares his research on “Simulated Grazing and Prescribed Fire to Control Common Weeds.”

Livestock-Integrated Cropping Systems Symposium

Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, 11:00 am- 4:00 pm, Hopland Research and Extension Center – Shippey Hall, Hopland, CA

Join this interactive learning opportunity for orchard, vineyard, and livestock producers, as well as extension advisor, researchers, and more. The day will include presentations and hands-on learning workshops guided by experts.

Farmer Friday

Friday, August 19, 2022, 9:00 am- 12:00 pm, Handy Farms, Corning, CA

The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is hosting a learning field day at the Handy Farm in Corning, CA on August 19th, and our very own Cindy Daley will be there speaking about her work with orchards. Take the morning to learn new and innovative farming practices! Sign up ahead to get directions.

Real Organic Conversations

August 7, 3 pm at Live Earth Farm in Santa Cruz, CA; August 12, 4 pm at Park Farming Organics in Meridian, CA; August 13, 4 pm at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, CA

Engage in a dialogue about everything from the National Organic Standards Board, USDA, Real Organic strategies, and the farms that are signing up for certification. We will also discuss the lawsuit brought on behalf of organic farmers by the Center for Food Safety, the role of certifiers, the National Organic Program, and strategies going forward. 

Orchard - Livestock Integration

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 4:30- 6:00 pm, Virtual

Come listen to a panel of producers and researchers discuss the opportunities and challenges in livestock integrated orchard systems in California along with current research projects. There will be a chance to ask questions and share your ideas and concerns as well. Register ahead.

Virtual Field Day: Integrating Livestock with Organic Crops and its Impacts on Food Safety and Soil Health

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 2:00 pm ET, Virtual

oin the Organic Center and researchers as they present findings on the impacts of cover-crop grazing on food safety and soil health for fresh spinach and cucumbers in organic systems. This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of how grazing of cover crops in fresh vegetable production systems can be implemented in 3 different climates (humid coastal, humid continental, and semi-arid). Great speakers from UC Davis and the University of Minnesota.

The Art and Science of Vineyard Grazing

Monday, July 18, 2022, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Virtual

This virtual event sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension & UC Davis features numerous speakers and a panel discussion with sheep and vineyard producers.

Cattle/Sheep Grazing School

Thursday-Friday, July 14-15, 2022, Auburn/Grass Valley

This 2-day course will provide participants with hands-on understanding of all aspects of managed grazing with cattle and sheep. Topics will include grazing planning, grazing behavior, fencing, predator protection, ruminant nutrition, stockmanship and husbandry practices, and economics. Registration includes lunch and dinner on Thursday and breakfast/lunch on Friday. Scholarships available.

Working Rangelands Class Series

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 - 6:45 pm, Virtual 

Join UC Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists, researchers, and ranchers for a biweekly summer webinar series highlighting applied, land manager-oriented solutions for rangeland drought challenges! Starts June 29, 6 pm- 6:45 pm.

Introduction to Managed Grazing

Tuesday, June 28, 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Auburn, CA 

With Dan Macon of University of California Cooperation Extension. Dan Macon is a partner in Flying Mule Sheep Company and has operated a commercial, range/pasture-based sheep business in Placer and Nevada Counties for 16 years. This course will provide an overview of mobile grazing systems and grazing management, with hands-on activities focused on estimating grazing capacity and setting up electric fencing.

Principles and Science of Developing Regenerative Agriculture Ecosystems

Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12, 2022, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Paicines Ranch, Paicines, CA 

The Paicines Ranch Learning Center is excited to welcome John Kempf in leading this in-depth two-day farmer workshop on the principles and science of regenerative farming ecosystems that optimize plant performance. Learn how to manage agricultural systems to reduce pest challenges, improve crop resilience to climate extremes, consistently improve crop yields and quality, and quickly revitalize soil health. When a truly regenerative ecosystem is functioning well, the need for external inputs becomes less and less, and in some cropping systems can even be eliminated. While the principles and science are transferable to all crops, this course will be focused on broad acre crop production.

Soil Health Workshop: Cover Crop Termination & Effects of Pomace on Soil Health

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Cal. Olive Ranch, KK&R Orchards, Artois, CA.

The Glenn County Resource Conservation District is hosting this workshop. CRARS will conduct a Water Infiltration / Rain Simulator Demonstration. The workshop will also highlight updates from our preliminary soil and water monitoring data, as well as opportunities for farmers to obtain free technical assistance to apply for future grant funding opportunities through CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program.

 BONUS TALK: Dr. Amanda Hodson, Soil Ecologist and Nematologist at UC Davis will do a short presentation on improving beneficial soil biology through management practices utilizing raw olive pomace, compost, and compost tea. She will bring her microscope with nematode samples for attendees to look at.

Space is limited, RSVP by April 7th to Kellie Wilson-Burt, Program Specialist, Glenn County Resource Conservation District by phone at 530-934-4601 x3176 or by email at kellie@glenncountyrcd.org to reserve a spot and receive directions to the orchard.

Healthy Soils Project Seminar

April 5, 2022, 11:30 AM. Knight Ranch, 8251 County Road V, Glenn, CA

The Organic Fertilizer Association of California will be holding an IN-PERSON - Healthy Soils Project Seminar. Join them for lunch and see what cover crops can do for your farm! 

Register for lunch!
Or call (530) 934-2157.
0.5 CE Units in Crop Management for CCAs

Soil Summit

March 31, 2022, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, CSU Chico University Farm Pavilion

Sponsored by: Almond Board of California, Western Region Certified Crop Advisors, and Chico State - Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems. 

Topics to be discussed featuring a wide array of panelists:

  • Soils 101 – Why it matters for almond trees
  • Understanding soil chemistry
  • The loving relationship between soil structure and irrigation
  • Soil biology – what it means to you
  • Digging into soil pests and disease management
  • Value above & beyond the soil

View a draft agenda. (PDF)

The event will be live-streamed, as well as recorded and posted to the California Almonds YouTube channel. CCA CEUs available.

Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost. Please RSVP by registering to reserve your seat.

twts logoThis Way to Sustainability: Elevating the Many Voices of Climate Justice

March 24-25, 2022

TWTS is a nationally recognized, student-run conference focusing on challenges, ideas, solutions and resiliency in planning our sustainable future. The conference hosts 1400 participants each year with a variety of respected professionals speaking on the many aspects of sustainability. The goal of the conference is to educate students, staff and faculty, and community members; providing attendees an opportunity to network, discuss, and become more aware of pertinent environmental and social issues we all face. 

Integrating Compost, Plants, & Water Catchment for Sustainable Farmscaping

March 16th, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM, Webinar

This webinar for Healthy Soils Program awardees featuring Josh Robinson, will explore the interrelated nature of soil health, plants, and water, and how to successfully combine these elements into a productive, ecologically-beneficial agricultural space.

Soil Health Academy: Regenerative Farming and Ranching

March 15-17, 2022, CSU Chico University Farm

Tuition for this event includes: Regen Ag 101 course to be completed prior to the first day of in-person class; In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as digital course materials and lunch each day; two follow-up Zoom meetings with a consultant within the first year after the date of the SHA school you attended; and access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors. Discounts and scholarship opportunities are available.

Compost: A Misunderstood & Under-Utilized Natural Resource for Creating Healthy Soil, Food, Water & Air Quality

March 2, 2022, 9:30 am, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Webinar

This webinar for Healthy Soils Program awardees featuring Dr. Craig Kolodge, will explore the multifaceted value of amending agricultural soils with compost. Join in to understand how this practice can enhance your land and community, and methods for utilizing its greatest potential.

Online Organic Agriculture Seminar Series for Growers

January 18–March 8, 2022, Tuesdays, 12–1 p.m. Pacific Time, Virtual via Zoom

Join University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the Agricultural and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) this winter for a weekly lunchtime seminar series for organic growers. During each Zoom session, a guest speaker will give a 30-minute presentation, followed by questions from the listeners and a more general discussion. No preregistration is required. Click here for more information and to join in.

Field Day: Healthy Soils, Cover Crops, and Conservation In the Sacramento Valley

Feb. 24, 2022, 8:45 - 11:30am, Davis Ranches, Colusa, CA

Learn about Soil Conservation Projects at Davis Ranches, the latest research soil health and cover crops in various California environments, and view deomnstration plots. Several speakers including our own Cindy Daley. CCA Credits Find out more.

Agriculture Career and Internship Fair

Feb. 23, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, University Farm Pavilion

Hosted by the Chico State College of Agriculture, this event is geared toward students studying agriculture but is open to students and alumni of all majors. This event is a great opportunity to network and become acquainted with more than 30 leading agricultural companies, including Colusa-Glenn Farm Credit, Crain Walnut Shelling, Grow West, Land IQ, Rumiano Cheese Company, and Tanimura & Antle. Students and alumni from all majors are invited to attend. Those who attend are advised to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. Prior registration is not required of job seekers. Business and organizations can still register at www.csuchico.edu/ag. For questions regarding the fair, please contact Sarah DeForest at sdeforest@csuchico.edu or 530-898-3737. 

Regenerative Almond Field Day

Feb. 17, 2022, 9:30 am, Burroughs Family Farms

Learn regenerative techniques with almonds with the Ecdysis Foundation at the Almond Field Day at Burroughs Family Farms, Ballico, CA, Feb. 17th at 9:30 am. Several speakers including our own Cindy Daley. Lunch is included. Find out more and sign up now.

Producing Compost On-Site with the Healthy Soils Program

Feb. 16, 2022, 6:00-7:30 PM, Virtual Webinar

This program is offered by The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation for Healthy Soils Program awardees.

CARCD 76th Annual Conference: Communities, Collaboration, and Climate

Jan. 11- Feb. 4, 2022, Virtual on Zoom

CARCD continues the tradition of bringing together representatives from federal and state agencies, non-profits, private industries, farming communities, and resource conservation districts (RCDs) to share knowledge, build partnerships, and address urgent natural resource challenges. Experts will present and engage in conversations on climate-smart agriculture, the tree mortality crisis, community fire resilience, sustainable groundwater management, watershed health, social equity in conservation, and wildlife preservation. Virtual meetings, social events, and presentations will take place throughout the month! Learn more and register now.

goats grazing near treesFour Legged Friends: A Climate Friendly Solution to Fuel Reduction

Jan. 27, 2022, Virtual on Zoom, 2:00-4:00 pm

The Fire Safe Council of San Diego County is hosting a webinar about how grazing can be used to reduce the risk of wildfire, featuring:

  • Christopher Danch - Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council
  • Brittany "Cole" Bush - Shepherdess Land and Livestock
  • Matthew Sablove - Good Shepherds Regenerative Land Management

Please register ahead of time.

Apprenticeship Info Session

Dec. 14,  5:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Learn how you can train on a farm or ranch in the Center for Land-Based Learning's Apprenticeship Program. The Beginning Farm and Ranch Manager Apprenticeship connects apprentices with seasoned employers for paid on-the-job training while providing free online classes in ag production. In this session, they go over the nuts and bolts of the program and answer any questions you have.

hands holding soilCDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program Information Webinar 

Dec. 1, 1:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Hostd by CRARS. Come learn more about the CDFA Healthy Soils Incentives Program and how to take advantage of this funding opportunity for California Farmers and Ranchers. Bring your questions! We'll be doing a general overview of the grant program before diving into the details of the application process.

2021 Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium: Weaving Voices: People, Land & Water

Nov. 13,  9:00 am - 4:00 pm PST, Virtual on Zoom

Multiple speakers starting with a conversation between those working to produce our global demand for textiles and those that receive the mounds of material that is discarded once clothing is deemed “uninteresting” or damaged. There will also be presentations on finding solutions to water shortages due to climate changes and uplifting regional fiber-based economies.

Regenerate Conference Field Day

Tuesday, Sept 21, 2021, 10am-3pm

Registration is now open, with limited spots available, for the Regenerate California Field Day at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California. TomKat Ranch is bringing people together for meaningful conversations that catalyze the transition to a regenerative agriculture system. This field tour will be focused on holistic solutions that improve soil health, climate stability, water quality and availability, animal welfare, human health, economic prosperity, and biodiversity. Register for this as a stand-alone event or along with your Regenerate 2021 ticket by clicking this box.

ECHO East Africa Biennial Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Technologies

September 28-30, 2021, Online Event

a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa by responding to climate change and declining yields in Africa with sustainable options. Three hours on three afternoons. $20 to register. (Donations for scholarships for those who cannot afford this fee are welcome.)

The Every Drop Impact Project Virtual Forum

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 -- 4:00-6:00 pm, Virtual on Zoom

Gateway Science Museum invites you to join our interactive Every Drop Impact Community Science Forum! Discuss the social, economic, and environmental impacts of drought. CRARS Director Cynthia Daley will be one of the speakers. Attendees will work with others to recommend resilience strategies, and learn how participating in community science can help inform scientists about which communities are at risk for drought. RSVP (click this event box) to get the Zoom link.

Climate Smart Agriculture: Agricultural Impacts and Strategies for California and The Western Cape

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 7:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT - California), 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (SAST - Western Cape), Free Webinar

Multiple speakers present an overview of climate smart tools available to assist farmers and ranchers.

Public Meeting of the CDFA Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel

July 15, 2021, 9:00-3:00 pm PST

Join the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the members of the Environmental Farming Act Science Advisory Panel (EFA-SAP) for a public meeting containing updates on CDFA's Climate Smart Agriculture incentive programs: Below-ground Biodiversity Metric, Restore CA, Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program, State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP), Healthy Soils Program (HSP), Technical Assistance Program. 

sheep2021 Sheep Producer Forum—Managing Risk

Thursday, June 24, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm PST, Wool Growers Restaurant, Bakersfield, CA 

Agenda items will include: Pasture, Range & Forage Insurance Program * Lamb Price Risk Protection * Economic Tools for Managing Risk * Precision Trace Mineral Nutrition for the Ewe Flock * Resources for Managing through Drought * Tax Options for Drought-Related Sales of Livestock * Electronic Identification Systems: Information is Power. The cost is $15. Registration is required.

sheep on rangelandManaging Risk in Your Sheep Operation

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PST, Foster's Bighorn Restaurant, Rio Vista, CA

Join the University of Wyoming, UC Cooperative Extension, and the California Wool Growers Association for a half-day workshop focused on real-world tools for managing risk in your sheep business! Topics include: Pasture, Range & Forage Insurance Program, Lamb Price Risk Protection, Economic Tools for Managing Risk, Managing Nutrition to Mitigate Risk, Resources for Managing through Drought, Tax Issues for Drought-Related Sales of Livestock, Electronic Identification Systems: Information is Power. The cost is $15 (includes lunch). Registration is required.

red clover cover cropCover Cropping in Orchards

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 9:00-10:30 am PST, Zoom Webinar

Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Sacramento Valley Technical Assistance Hub are offering this virtual demonstration event. Discussion topics will include benefits for pollinators, beneficial insects, pest management, and soil health. Speakers will be Ben King from Pacific Gold Agriculture in Colusa, CA and Rex Dufour from the National Center for Appropriate Technology. Advance registration required.

compostCompost on the Farm

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 10:00 am PST, Virtual on Zoom

A free online workshop on compost will be held on Thursday, June 17th, 10 am-12 pm led by the Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm, and co-sponsored by the Sonoma RCD. You will hear about the use and benefits of compost, the CDFA Healthy Soils compost demo project at Shone Farm, a keynote presentation from farmer Phil Foster, and enjoy an engaging panel grower discussion. Please register in advance.