About the Farm
Agriculture can’t be learned solely from a textbook. That’s why the 800-acre Paul L. Byrne Memorial University Farm is so important to the CSU, Chico educational program. It’s the place where students literally get their hands dirty putting into practice the concepts they learn in the classroom.
The University Farm was established in 1960 through the efforts of its namesake, Senator Paul L. Byrne. The facility supports classes in agriculture in the same way a chemistry lab supports its discipline. Whether participating in class labs or working as part-time employees, thousands of students have benefited from the University Farm, located on Hegan Lane, five miles south of the main CSU, Chico campus.
The farm serves more than just students. Farmers and ranchers benefit from research conducted on the farm, and the farm’s produce and meat sales have long been popular in the Chico community. Grade-school field trips are also a long-standing Chico tradition. Thousands of children tour the farm annually. For most of them it is their first exposure to live farm animals and hands-on interaction with farming. The farm is also the site of countless professional seminars and Future Farmers of America and 4-H field days.
Who Should Attend?
- Anyone that want to take their farm/ranch to the next level. 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. Taught by highly experienced and regenerative farmers. Participants will work in teams to solve real-world grazing problems and sharpen their skills.
March 14-16, 2023
Tuition of $1,375 includes:
• Regen Ag 101 course ($499.00 value), which we would like you to complete prior to the first day of class;
• In-person attendance at the SHA school, as well as digital course materials and lunch each day;
• Access to future scheduled conference calls with the instructors.
School & Farm Location
CSU Chico University Farm
311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane
Chico, CA 95928
Scholarship Money Available
We are committed to helping you finance this educational experience. We encourage anyone with interest to apply. If you want to attend one of our 3-day events, you are eligible for a scholarship. In addition we will be giving special consideration to the following:
- Families or farms with more than one person attending
- Past SHA students
- Agricultural educators and influencers
- Minority, tribal, women and historically underserved individuals
What You Will Learn
- Principles of Soil Health & Adaptive Stewardship
- Restoring Vibrant Ecosystems Through Adaptive Grazing
- Making Grazing Highly Profitable & Desirable
- Successful Marketing: Strategies for Enhanced Net Margins
- Nutrient Management
- Designing Cover Crop Mixes
- Farm Economics and Whole Farm Planning
- How to keep more money in your pocket
- Determining paddock size
- Plant Brix: How to Measure & How To Use
- Paddock construction and layout
- Soil health demonstrations
- Rainfall simulator
- Five soil health principles
- Three principles of adaptive stewardship
- Understanding the soil’s spheres
- How to use the ‘shovel’ test
- How to use the cover crop calculator
- How to use field aggregate stability test
- Understanding Haney soil test
- Determining soil water infiltration rates
- Forage Biomass determination
- Paddock construction and layout
- How to address resource concerns
- Pest and disease control through biodiversity
- How to increase your farm’s resilience
- Impact of chemical, biological, physical disturbance