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CSU University Farm


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311 Nicholas C Schouten Ln
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-6343
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meats Laboratory is open Thursday and Friday, 8-5.

For 60 years, the College of Agriculture has excelled at preparing tomorrow’s agriculture leaders for the challenges of feeding the world and nurturing local communities. Led by outstanding faculty and staff and enriched through hands-on educational experiences at the extraordinary 800-acre University Farm, our students develop a spirit of inquiry, practice collaboration, learn leadership, and gain a broad understanding of agricultural production systems.

The Paul L. Byrne Memorial Agriculture Teaching and Research Center, more commonly known as the University Farm, is the living laboratory for agriculture programs at CSU, Chico. With four livestock units, a wide variety of orchards and row crops, pastures, a USDA-inspected meats laboratory, shops, research projects, classrooms, and a multi-purpose facility, the University Farm is arguably the most diversified farming operation in Northern California. Among its many uses, the University Farm:

  • Delivers the hands-on laboratory component for more than 20 agriculture courses each year.
  • Employs approximately 50 students each semester in addition to the 45 students earning course credit through Directed Work Experience.
  • Hosts more than 10,000 visitors annually for farm tours, field days, industry seminars, and community events.
  • Supplies another 5,000 community members with meat, nuts, beans, olive oil, and U-Pick Peaches.
  • Serves as a center for agricultural literacy for youth and adults alike, helping visitors build a foundational knowledge of where their food comes from.