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University Farm to Open Seasonal Farm Stand on Hegan Lane

The University Farm sign hangs over Nicholas C. Shouten Lane.
(Jason Halley/University Photogr

The University Farm will operate a farm stand near the entrance at Hegan and Nicholas C. Shouten lanes. (Jason Halley / University Photographer)

Summer Sweet Corn to Start Sales, Followed by Melons

From peaches and pastrami to pumpkins and poinsettias, the University Farm at Chico State takes great pride in offering its products to the broader community. Soon, the iconic learning lab will expand its public sales with a roadside farm stand at the corner of Nicholas C. Shouten and Hegan lanes.

Scheduled to open July 10, the summer’s offerings will start with a bumper crop of sweet corn and likely expand to melons. Chico State students will staff the stand from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday to Friday, with ears priced at $5 for a dozen or 50 cents each. Checks and cash will be accepted as payment.

“This bicolor corn is as sweet as it is beautiful, and will make a great addition to summer tables,” said Kevin Renker (Agricultural Business, ’06), row crops specialist at the University Farm. “We’re thrilled to have this new offering and hope the community will be equally excited. We’re just a short drive from the heart of Chico for some of the freshest corn you can find in Butte County.”

The farm planted 12 acres to allow for staggered harvests into September. Seeded watermelons, cantaloupes and sunflowers for cut flowers have also been planted. The money raised from sales will help support the College of Agriculture’s row crop program, where students learn the fundamentals and support research into one of the state’s top industries.

“The University Farm is an invaluable hands-on aspect of our students’ experience in the College of Agriculture,” said University Farm Director Ricardo Orellana. “Whether planting, picking, studying irrigation and pest control, or supporting sales firsthand, these hands-on learning opportunities prepare the agricultural leaders of tomorrow.”

To stay up to date on the farm stand’s latest offerings, visit the University Farm Facebook page at or call the farm office at 530-898-6343.

Customers are encouraged to also visit the farm’s other offerings, when open. The Organic Vegetable Project has public sales at the Greenhouse from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Items currently include zucchini, onions, garlic, tomatoes, lettuce, and strawberries. And the Meats Lab is open Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a variety of pork, beef, lamb, and other products.

The community favorite U-Pick Peaches event is anticipated to return in mid-August. Customers can call the U-Pick Peach Hotline at 530-898-4989 for updates.