Chico State Farm

I came across this old edition of The Harvest, CSU Chico’s College of Agriculture Magazine, in my files a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d throw it on here. This issue from 2012 highlights the new additions to the Chico State Farm staff, including myself! It’s pretty cool my name is on the same page as Temple Grandin‘s too. Click the link below to read the whole magazine.


Here’s the majority of the article:

The University Farm has seen some transition in recent years as several longtime farm staff have retired or moved on to new opportunities. Four new hires in the past year have helped fill the gap, joining a team of professionals who are focused on both agriculture and education.

Crop technician Jeff Boles is the most experienced of the new hires, having grown up on a family farm in Durham. Boles has always loved farming and working outdoors, and he finds the challenge of working with students to be the most rewarding part of his job. Boles works primarily in the orchards at the University Farm, and he grows his own walnuts in Durham.

Meats laboratory technician Adam Knapp took over responsibilities at the meats lab as a temporary emergency hire in August 2011 when Randy Long left to work in the Central Valley. His work ethic and innovation earned him the position in January 2012. The 2011 Chico State geology graduate worked in the meats lab as a student under both Jim Holt and Long. Knapp is excited about continuing to integrate the meats lab into the educational program and expanding the variety of products that students produce.

Like Knapp, farm laborer Tyler Ash recently graduated from Chico State in a major other than agriculture. The 2012 journalism graduate worked summers at greenhouses in his home town of Ripon and joined the University Farm as a student employee in 2009. He was hired as a fulltime farm laborer after he graduated in May and spends most of his time working in the crops units at the University Farm.

Brenden Close was hired this summer as a farm laborer focusing on livestock. After earning his associate degree at Santa Rosa Junior College, the Santa Rosa native originally transferred to Iowa State. A visit to Chico during his first winter in Iowa convinced him to transfer to Chico State, where he majored in animal science and competed on the livestock judging team. Close enjoys the daily diversity of working at the University Farm. Every day is different, he said, and the students are fun to work with.

I actually spent most of my time in the orchards at the Chico State Farm. I miss those days.

Here’s a basic list of some of the things I did in the crops and orchards between 2010 and 2014 at the 800-acre Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center, more commonly known as the University Farm:

  • Responsible for planting, pruning/irrigating, fertilizing and harvesting orchard crops such as walnuts, almonds, peaches and pecans.
  • Responsible for planting, irrigating fertilizing and harvesting row/field crops such as corn, alfalfa, wheat, safflower, sunflower, vine seed (watermelons, squash, cucumbers, gourds)
  • Driving tractors, harvesters, fork lifts, swathers, pruning towers and company vehicles.
  • Cultivation, ripping, leveling soil, mowing orchards.

About tashtr3

Currently, I'm a Marketing Specialist/Social Media Coordinator for the University of California's department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I'm a freelance writer in my spare time. I'm a graduate of CSU, Chico with a major in journalism and a minor in photographic studies. I'm all these things, and more!
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