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Site Map

Looking for something in particular? We know that searching through a complex website can be like trying to navigate through the wilderness without a map. So here is an outline with links to everything on the CRARS website.

HOME PAGE:

Each boxed item on the page is a link to section of the website with many more items included. Go to the Home Page.(opens in new window) 

ABOUT US, CRARS:

Who are we, what is our mission, and the leadership council who works with us to achieve it. Go to the About Us section.(opens in new window) 

       OUR TEAM:

          Leadership, staff, and students (roles, biographies, contact info). Go to the Team page(opens in new window).     

          Leadership:

                CINDY DALEY(opens in new window): CRARS Director and Co-founder.

                TIM LASALLE(opens in new window): CRARS Co-founder, Director of Outreach and Development. 

                DAVID JOHNSON(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate & Research Scientist. 

                GARRETT LILES(opens in new window): CRARS Co-Founder and Faculty Affiliate; Soil Scientist.

                LEE ALTIER(opens in new window): CRARS Co-Founder and Faculty Affiliate; Organic Vegetable Cropping Systems. 

                MARIA GIOVANNI(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate, Food Science 

                BETSY BOYD(opens in new window):CRARS Faculty Affiliate, Entomology. 

                JAKE BRIMLOW(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate, Agricultural Economics. 

                HOSSEIN ZAKERI(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate, Agronomy. 

                JIM PUSHNIK(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate, retired. 

                LOGAN SMITH(opens in new window): CRARS Faculty Affiliate.

          Staff:

                PRIYA TUVELL(opens in new window): Program Manager. 

                JESSICA DOWNEY(opens in new window): Office Manager.  

                SHERYL KARAS(opens in new window): Communications and Outreach Specialist. 

                CHIDIMMA OLEWUNNE(opens in new window): Staff Research Associate.  

                SETH MYRICK(opens in new window): Staff Research Associate.

                AUNDREA ASBELL(opens in new window): Soils Lab Technician.

                BREANNA OWENS(opens in new window): Project Development Specialist.  

                MICHELE AUZENNE(opens in new window): Grant Writer.  

                DARBY HEFFNER(opens in new window): ATRC Organic Dairy Manager. 

                SCOTT GRIST(opens in new window): Organic Vegetable Project Coordinator.  

                KYLE BRASIER(opens in new window): Postdoctoral Researcher.  

          Students:

                CLAYTON HANDY(opens in new window): Graduate Student.  

                IRFAN AINNUDDIN(opens in new window): Graduate Student.

                RAQUEL KRACH(opens in new window): Graduate Student.  

                JORDAN ATMORE(opens in new window): Undergraduate Research Intern.  

                AMANDA COX(opens in new window): Undergraduate Research Intern.  

                ESTHER KIM(opens in new window): Undergraduate Research Intern.  

                COOPER DAVIS(opens in new window): Undergraduate Research Intern.  

                MACKENZIE PADDOCK(opens in new window): This Way To Sustainability Conference Intern.  

                JARED GEISER(opens in new window): This Way To Sustainability Conference Intern.

                EMMA MATTHEWS(opens in new window): Marketing Intern for CRARS.  

     OUR MISSION:

     What we do, why this is important, our goals and strategic priorities. Go to the Mission page.(opens in new window) 

     LEADERSHIP COUNCIL:

      Our advisory team. Go to the Leadership Council page.(opens in new window) 

               RANDY RECORD(opens in new window)

               JOE MORRIS(opens in new window) 

               ROSE MARIE (ROSIE) AND WARD BURROUGHS(opens in new window)  

               REBECCA BURGESS(opens in new window)  

               SCOTT PARK(opens in new window)  

               TOM NEWMARK(opens in new window)   

               SHANNON DOUGLASS(opens in new window)   

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

Upcoming as well as past events are listed here with links to more information. These pages and links are constantly being updated. Please check here for the most up-to-date list of events.(opens in new window)  

     PLACES TO STAY AND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS for events on campus. Go to Lodging and Transportation.(opens in new window) 

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE 101 (RA101):

An introduction to regenerative agriculture for the farmer and layperson including instructional videos and other materials to help you get started. Go to RA101(opens in new window).  

     WHAT IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE?

     The definition and practices. Go to "What is" page(opens in new window).  

     THE LANGUAGE OF REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE—TERMS TO KNOW

     Go to "Terms You Should Know" page.(opens in new window)  

     THE SOIL STORY:

      Go to an animated introduction to how regenerating our soil can reverse climate change(opens in new window).  

     REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE EQUIPMENT:

      Go to a guide to some of the equipment farmers use to succeed at regenerative farming(opens in new window).  

           Monosem No-Till Planter(opens in new window) 

           Front Mount Mulcher(opens in new window)

           Sprayer(opens in new window)

           Roller Crimper(opens in new window) 

           Inter-row Cover Crop Seeder(opens in new window) 

           Finger Weeders(opens in new window) 

           Yetter Strip Tiller with Rolling Basket(opens in new window)

           Vertical Tillage Tool(opens in new window)

           Yetter Strip Tiller(opens in new window)

          CrustBuster(opens in new window) 

    INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS:

     Go to the Instructional Video Section.(opens in new window) 

          Ray the Soil Guy’s Soil Health Page(opens in new window)  

     UNLOCK THE SCIENCE OF SOIL HEALTH VIDEO SERIES:

          Short videos by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and filmmaker Robin “Buz” Kloot, PhD(opens in new window) 

     CARBON FARM PLANNING:

          Visit this page for presentations and other materials from Carbon Farm Planning events hosted by CRARS.(opens in new window)  

                Carbon Farm Planning Resource Binder (PDF) 

                Carbon Farming: Soil, Carbon, Water, Climate (Powerpoint Presentation) (PDF) 

                The Carbon Farming Network (PDF)  

                Carbon Farm Planning, Step by Step (PDF)     

                Climate Beneficial Wool (PDF) 

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

Learn about our Interdisciplinary Masters Degree and Online Certificate program(opens in new window)

         INTERDISCIPLINARY MASTERS PROGRAM(opens in new window)

         ONLINE CERTIFICATE(opens in new window)

         MEET OUR GRADUATE STUDENTS(opens in new window)

                Raquel Krach(opens in new window) 

                Clayton Handy (opens in new window)  

                Irfan Ainnuddin(opens in new window) 

ON-FARM RESEARCH

Visit this page for the latest research on regenerative agriculture done on campus or by related entities.(opens in new window) 

         B(opens in new window)EAM COMPOST ON RANGELANDS(opens in new window)

         BEAM TRIAL IN WILLCOX, AZ(opens in new window) 

         IMPACT OF NO-TILL FARMING PRACTICES(opens in new window)

         "NO-TILL" ORGANIC CROPPING SYSTEMS RESEARCH(opens in new window)

         LEGUME RESEARCH FOR HEALTHY AGROECOSYSTEMS(opens in new window)

         ADAPTIVE MULTI-PADDOCK (AMP) GRAZING FOCUS GROUP(opens in new window) 

         REGIONAL SOIL HEALTH ASSESSMENT – CSUC-NRCS PARTNERSHIP(opens in new window)

         USE OF SOLDIER FLIES IN A SUSTAINABLE FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM(opens in new window)

         FULL-CIRCLE FOOD CHAIN AQUAPONIC FOOD PRODUCTION(opens in new window)

         INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH(opens in new window)

                Roland Bunch(opens in new window)

                Kofi Boa(opens in new window) 

MENTOR FARMERS & REGENERATIVE FARM DEMONSTRATIONS 

Visit this section(opens in new window) to learn from farmers who have already been transitioning to regenerative agriculture.

         PAUL MULLER, FULL BELLY FARM(opens in new window)

         FAT UNCLE FARMS(opens in new window) 

         PAICINES RANCH(opens in new window)

         FINCA LUNA NUEVA(opens in new window) 

         WHITE OAK PASTURES(opens in new window)

         ADRIAN BIGNELL(opens in new window) 

         NICOLAUS NUT COMPANY(opens in new window)

         PHIL FOSTER(opens in new window) 

         GABE BROWN(opens in new window) 

         SCOTT PARK(opens in new window)

         ALLEN WILLIAMS(opens in new window)

         SINGING FROGS FARM(opens in new window)

         DANIEL UNRUH(opens in new window) 

         FROG HOLLOW FARM(opens in new window)

         CSUC ORGANIC VEGETABLE PROJECT(opens in new window)

         CSUC ORGANIC DAIRY(opens in new window) 

JOHNSON-SU BEAM RESEARCH & BIOREACTOR REGISTRY

Go to this section(opens in new window) to learn about Dr. Johnson's breakthrough work on fungal-dominated compost, carbon sequestration, and how you can get involved. 

         DAVID JOHNSON'S RESEARCH(opens in new window) 

         REGENERATING THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE IN SOILS (SEMINAR PRESENTATION)(opens in new window) 

         SOIL MICROBES IN AGROECOSYSTEMS (SEMINAR PRESENTATION) (opens in new window) 

         HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BIOREACTOR(opens in new window) 

                Best Management Practices: Johnson-Su Composting Bioreactors (Written Instructions) (PDF)

                Mejores Prácticas de Manejo: Johnson-Su Biorreactores de Compostaje (Instructions in Spanish) (PDF) 

                Johnson Su Composting Bioreactor Video Instructions(opens in new window)

                More Tips for Success When Making BEAM Compost Video(opens in new window)

         HOW TO INOCULATE YOUR SEEDS WITH BEAM COMPOST VIDEO(opens in new window)

         SIMPLE SOIL SAMPLING TO DOCUMENT YOUR RESULTS VIDEO(opens in new window)

         SIGN UP FOR THE BIOREACTOR REGISTRY(opens in new window)

         CURRENT PARTICIPANTS IN THE BIOREACTOR REGISTRY (A-M)(opens in new window)

         CURRENT PARTICIPANTS IN THE BIOREACTOR REGISTRY (N-Z)(opens in new window) 

         BEAM PIONEERS (Stories about Participants in BEAM Research)(opens in new window) 

REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION LAB (RAD LAB) AND SOIL PROCESSING AREA (SPA)

Learn about our soil sampling and analysis services.(opens in new window)

         REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE DEMONSTRATION LAB (RAD-LAB)(opens in new window)

         SOIL PROCESSING AREA (SPA)(opens in new window)

RESOURCES

Visit this section(opens in new window) for useful resources for your regenerative agriculture education (Science Literature, Seminar Presentations, Carbon Farming Materials, Books, Funding Opportunities, etc.)

          THE SCIENCE (Links to papers and reports)(opens in new window) 

                Fungal-bacterial diversity and microbiome complexity predict ecosystem functioning(opens in new window)

                Effects of herd management and the use of ivermectin on dung arthropod communities in grasslands(opens in new window)

                Case studies on the economic benefits of cover crops(opens in new window)

                New paper points to soil pore structure as key to carbon storage(opens in new window)

                Is the future of agriculture perennial?(opens in new window) 

                Conservation agriculture systems(opens in new window)

                Harnessing soil microbes to improve plant phosphate efficiency in cropping systems(opens in new window)

                Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: a review of its drivers(opens in new window)

                Soil organic matter underlies crop nutritional quality and productivity in smallholder agriculture(opens in new window)

                Natural climate solutions for the United States(opens in new window)

                Spider community shift in response to farming practices in sub-humid agroecosystem(opens in new window)

                Climate change trends and impacts on California agriculture: a detailed review(opens in new window)

                Regenerative agriculture: merging farming and natural resource conservation profitably(opens in new window)

                Root biomass and exudates link plant diversity with soil bacterial and fungal biomass(opens in new window)

                Soil fungal:bacterial ratios are linked to altered carbon cycling(opens in new window)

                The role of ruminants in reducing agriculture’s carbon footprint in North America (PDF)

                Which agricultural management interventions are most influential on soil organic carbon? (opens in new window) 

                Harnessing phytomicrobiome signaling for rhizosphere microbiome engineering(opens in new window)

                Plant diversity increases soil microbial activity and soil carbon storage(opens in new window)

                Plant species richness promotes soil carbon and nitrogen stocks in grasslands without legumes(opens in new window)

                Carbon sequestration: position of the Soil Science Society of America (PDF)

          THE SEMINARS

     Videos of presentations given on the Chico State campus(opens in new window)

                “Achieving Inevitability”, by Larry Kopald(opens in new window)

               “BioGeoTherapy: Regenerating Land and Ocean Ecosystems”, by Thomas Goreau(opens in new window) 

               “With and Against the Grain: Bread in the Late Anthropocene”, by Alice Julier(opens in new window) 

               “Oceans in Peril: What Can We Do to Save Them?” by John Roulac(opens in new window) 

               “Regenerating the Diversity of Life in Soils” by Dr. David Johnson(opens in new window)

               “Growing a Revolution Bringing Our Soil Back to Life” by Dr. David Montgomery(opens in new window) 

               “Introduction to the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at CSU, Chico” by Dr. Tim LaSalle(opens in new window)

               “Understanding the Connection Between Regenerative Farming, Grazing Practices, and Nutrient Dense Food” by Dan Kittredge(opens in new window)

               “Hands Off My Food: How Commoditizing Our Food System Has Caused the Current Health Crisis in Our Nation” by Dr. Sina McCullough(opens in new window)

               "Making the Break from Commodity Agriculture as a Self-reliant Diversified Farming Operation that Builds Soil for Future Generations” by Will Harris(opens in new window)

               “Managing Grazing to Regenerate Soil Health and Farm Landscapes” by Richard Teague(opens in new window)

               “Regenerative Agriculture: Its Crucial Role in the Solution to Africa’s Current Famine” by Roland Bunch(opens in new window) 

               “Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Smart Farming” by Tim LaSalle(opens in new window) 

               “Viewing the Agricultural System Through a Carbon Smart Lens” by Tom Newmark(opens in new window)

               “Regional Fibersheds: Building Healthy Soils and the Biosphere” by Rebecca Burgess(opens in new window)

               “Soil Microbes: Their Powerful Influence on Agroecosystems” by Dr. David Johnson(opens in new window)

     CARBON FARM PLANNING

      Presentations and other materials from Carbon Farm Planning events hosted by CRARS(opens in new window)

                Carbon Farm Planning Resource Binder 2020 (PDF)

                Carbon Farming: Soil, Carbon, Water, Climate, The Carbon Cycle as an Organizing Principle in Land Management and Conservation Planning (PDF)

                The Carbon Farming Network: A Growing Partnership for Climate Change Mitigation (PDF) 

                Carbon Farm Planning Step by Step (PDF) 

                Climate Beneficial Wool, A Regional Roadmap for Carbon Capture (PDF)

     FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FARMERS AND RANCHERS(opens in new window) 

               The National Young Farmers Coalition Grant Program(opens in new window)

               Grants for Holistic Management Training for West Coast Producers(opens in new window) 

               The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program(opens in new window)

               Glenn County Farmer Grant Program(opens in new window)

               CDFA Healthy Soils Program(opens in new window)

               CDFA Alternative Manure Management Program(opens in new window) 

               The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)(opens in new window) 

               Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)(opens in new window)

               Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NCDAP)(opens in new window) 

               Tree Assistance Program (TAP)(opens in new window) 

               FSA Loans(opens in new window)

     READING LIST(opens in new window)

               Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture by Gabe Brown(opens in new window)

               The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet by Kristin Ohlson(opens in new window)

               Restoring the Soil: How to Use Green Manure / Cover Crops to Fertilize the Soil and Overcome Droughts by Roland Bunch(opens in new window)

               For the Love of Soil: Strategies to Regenerate Our Food Production Systems by Nicole Masters(opens in new window)

               Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery(opens in new window)

               Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life by David R. Montgomery(opens in new window) 

               When Weeds Talk by Jay L. McCaman(opens in new window)

               Drawdown edited by Paul Hawken(opens in new window)

               The Carbon Farming Solution by Eric Toensmeier(opens in new window)

               Geotherapy: Innovative Methods of Soil Fertility Restoration, Carbon Sequestration, and Reversing CO2 Increase by Thomas J. Goreau, Ronal W. Larson, Joanna Campe(opens in new window)

               Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment by Allan Savory(opens in new window)

               This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate by Naomi Klein(opens in new window)

      OTHER RESOURCES(opens in new window)

               “Future Soil: Excess Carbon Regenerating Soils” (video)(opens in new window) 

               A Simple Guide to Healthier Soils & More Profitable Yields (PDF), a publication by No-Till Farmer (PDF)

               “Winter Grazing Systems: Improving Soil Health”, video by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry(opens in new window) 

               “The Hope In Healthy Soil” NRCS Video Series(opens in new window)

               Interview with Thomas Goreau (video)(opens in new window)

               “Cover Crop Economics,” report by USDA-SARE(opens in new window) 

               “The Jena Experiment: Why Do Ecosystems Need Biodiversity” (VIDEO)(opens in new window)

               “The Soil Health Primer” by the No Regrets Initiative(opens in new window) 

               “Regenerating Soil with Diversity,” video by Dr. Kris Nichols(opens in new window)

               “A Fence and an Owner,” video documentary by Arizona State University's Dr. Peter Byck on the impact of adaptive-multi paddock grazing on large scale ranch land management(opens in new window)

               “How Regenerative Farming Can Help Heal The Planet And Human Health”—Charles Massy, Tedxcanberra(opens in new window)

                Ray The Soil Guy’s Soil Health Page(opens in new window)

                KFCF 88.1 Podcast Featuring Tim Lasalle and Tom Willey on Down on the Farm(opens in new window)

                Video: “The Regenerators: A Better Way To Farm”(opens in new window)

                “Feeding The Subterranean Herd: How Putting Soil At The Center Could Help Revitalize Farmland . . . & Farming” (PDF)

BLOG

Articles written for a general audience(opens in new window)

              Nikki Silvestri Speaks on Soil as Metaphor for Human Sustainability at Chico State(opens in new window)

              Regenerative Alternatives to Burning the Rice Fields(opens in new window)

              Could Regenerative Agriculture Increase the Nutritional Quality of Our Food?(opens in new window)

              Looking to the Past to Make Clothing for Our Future(opens in new window)

              CRARS Leadership Council Members Honored At EcoFarm Awards Banquet(opens in new window)

              Sign Up Now for the Soil Health Academy at Chico State(opens in new window)

              The Center for Regenerative Agriculture's Bioreactor Registry at Chico State is Generating a Lot of Excitement(opens in new window)

              How Regenerative Agriculture Could Help Clean Up the Fashion Industry(opens in new window)

              Regenerate Now!(opens in new window)

              Farmer Case Studies Show the Economic Value of Soil Health Practices(opens in new window)

              Can We Afford Regenerative Agriculture? (The Benefits and the Costs)(opens in new window)

              Fighting Climate Change by Putting the Regenerative into Agriculture(opens in new window)

              There is No Planet B(opens in new window)

              Australian Soil Ecologist Christine Jones Gives a Paradigm-Changing Workshop at Chico State(opens in new window)

              Cover Crops Are Good for the Bottom Line(opens in new window)

              Thinking Beyond the Plow: Equipment Regenerative Farmers Use to Get the Job Done(opens in new window)

              Microbes: Friend or Foe? When It Comes to Our Health and the Health of the Planet, Microbes In Our Soil May Hold the Key(opens in new window)

              To Save the Earth from Climate Change, We Need to Cover It Up!(opens in new window)

              Fava Bean Trial Field Day(opens in new window) 

              How the Fungus Might Save Us(opens in new window)

              Milestone in Regenerative Agriculture and Paris Agreement Soil Carbon Credits(opens in new window)

              Regenerative Agriculture Soil Lab and Farm Tour at Chico State(opens in new window)

              How Honoring the Living Earth Could Save Us from Climate Change(opens in new window)

              Good Food – Predictions for 2019(opens in new window)

              Get to Know the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative(opens in new window)