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Butte College Ranks #19 Top College Farm in the Nation

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Butte College Ranks #19 Top College Farm in the Nation!

In celebration of Farm to School Month, Butte College has been ranked #19 out of 60 college farms in the nation by OnlineCollegePlan. The 2016 Farm to School Month’s theme is “One Small Step,” to demonstrate that anyone–no matter how big or small–can impact and get involved in the local food production. Established in 2010 by the United States Congress, Farm to School Month provides demonstrations of the vital importance of farm to school programs.

The college maintains an 85-acre farm that is utilized for organic, sustainable crop production, student experiential learning opportunities and organic, sustainable agricultural practice research. The farm produces several foods, which are available to the school’s students, faculty, and the surrounding communities at a low-cost. The area is also a wildlife preserve, featuring grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands and is home to many species of animals.

The College’s 85-acre Farm Produces:

  • Hay: oat, wheat, alfalfa and sudan grass hay
  • Cool season vegetables.
  • Produce: variety of melons, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, peaches and apples
  • Seed: vetch, oat and bell bean.
  • Vineyard: 6 acres- 3 varieties red wine grapes
  • Of the 85 acres, 17 acres are certified organic with the California Certified Organic Farmers

Butte’s Wildlife Refuge

The 926-acre campus is a designated wildlife refuge and provides a wonderful outside laboratory for our Ag and Natural Resource classes, as well as other programs the college offers.

  • Over 2 miles of Clear Creek Riparian
  • 320 acres of Blue Oak-Gray Pine Woodland
  • 220 acres of grassland
  • Over 50 acres wetlands—includes 10 ponds, a marsh and many vernal pools and drainages

Our farm fields provide food and lodging for many critters also.

For more info:

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information (530) 895-2511

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