Chico Agritourism & Locally Grown Farms

Chico State University Farm

  • 311 Nicholas C Shouten Ln, Chico, CA 95928
(530) 898-3737
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At Chico State, a renowned agri­cul­ture depart­ment inte­grates lab­o­ra­to­ry-style learn­ing for its stu­dents direct­ly into the local com­mu­ni­ty, with the Uni­ver­si­ty Farm—an 800-acre facil­i­ty sup­port­ing hands-on edu­ca­tion for Chico State stu­dents — known to Chico res­i­dents as a crown jew­el of the pro­gram. Offi­cial­ly known as the Paul L. Byrne Agri­cul­tur­al Teach­ing and Research Cen­ter (ATRC), the Uni­ver­si­ty Farm helps Chico State agri­cul­ture stu­dents put class­room con­cepts into prac­tice. The ATRC has not only been a ben­e­fit to stu­dents, but also to farm­ers and ranch­ers ben­e­fit­ing from research con­duct­ed on the farm as well as Chico grade-school stu­dents who have long enjoyed field trips to the farm. The pub­lic can expe­ri­ence first­hand the lit­er­al fruits and veg­eta­bles of Chico State stu­dents’ labor and edu­ca­tion at the farm, locat­ed on the south­east side of Chico near Durham.

Tour Uni­ver­si­ty Farm

  • Guid­ed tours are avail­able Mon­day through Fri­day by reser­va­tion only. Call 5308984262 or fill out a Farm Tour Request form to sched­ule a tour.

More from Chico State’s Depart­ment of Agriculture

Dis­cov­er more Chico State’s Depart­ment of Agriculture:

  • Organ­ic Veg­etable Project : A col­lab­o­ra­tion of stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, local farm­ers, and oth­er com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers cul­ti­vat­ing over 50 vari­eties of organ­ic veg­eta­bles across three acres. The pro­duce sup­plies a Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port­ed Agri­cul­ture (CSA) pro­gram, and extra pro­duce is sup­plied to the Wild­cat Food Pantry on cam­pus for stu­dents in need. Pick up fresh-from-the-farm pro­duce every Thurs­day from Noon-4pm.
  • U‑Pick Peach­es : The annu­al U‑Pick Peach­es” event at the Cal­i­for­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty, Chico’s Uni­ver­si­ty Farm takes place in ear­ly- and mid-August in accor­dance with the ripen­ing of the fruit, with the pub­lic invit­ed to par­take of the Farm’s sweet, juicy peach yield. To receive the lat­est updates regard­ing the upcom­ing dates for peach pick­ing feel free to con­tact the Uni­ver­si­ty Far­m’s Peach Hot­line at (530) 8984989.