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Bringing the Butte County “Farm” and “City” together to understand and celebrate the value of Agriculture

C M I R TY A F R A B T E I O L N E C NOVEMBER 1-15, 2018 INSIDE YOUR OFFICIAL 2018 GUIDE: Complete list of Events & Activities including the Harvest Festival on Nov. 3rd, FREE for the entire family! SPECIAL PULL-OUT ADVERTISING SECTION

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It’s our hope that the Farm City events foster the community’s understanding of what’s needed to bring abundant, safe, and diverse food to everyone’s plate. Whether we consumers prefer organic or conventionally-grown food and fiber, they require many of the same components. Water, land, labor, transportation, disease- and pest-control are key. We are fortunate to live in an area that can produce a wide variety of products, but some of these vital components are under attack— although well meaning. The State Water Resources Control Board recently released the Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan’s Supplemental Environmental Document (SED). Details in the SED confirm that the Water Board’s Plan will leave thousands of acres of farmland with zero surface supply in certain water years, stripping the Central Valley of over 6,500 jobs and $1.6 billion in economic output. The Water Board plans to implement a similar plan for the Sacramento River and the North Valley. These decisions will take land out of production, reduce locally grown food, cut jobs and raise food cost, while not benefitting the fish in any significant way. It is a goal of the Farm City Celebration to strengthen the relationship and understanding between agriculture and the urban community so that issues can be resolved without devastating our industry or way of life. Agriculture is dedicated to both a healthy environment for fish and wildlife, and a thriving agricultural industry. With sound science, and increased water storage we can have both. The Farm City Celebration is a collaborative effort by many organizations, businesses and individuals who value agriculture and above all want to promote a positive relationship between agricultural and urban communities. Our Farm City Celebration originated in 1979 when the local chapter of California Women for Agriculture hosted a tasting of local products inside a bank in Chico. The Butte County Cattlewomen were the first to partner with CWA to help staff the tastings.This year’s events are made possible through all the partners involved including CWA, Butte County Farm Bureau, Butte County Ag Commissioner, UC Cooperative Extension, Butte County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, CSU Chico and Butte College Agriculture programs, Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers and countless volunteers.


The Farm City Celebration Committee is bringing three events to you this year: Kids’ Day on the Farm, the Harvest Festival and the AgriBusiness Bus Tour, plus our restaurant program which has grown to 9 participating eateries this year for the entire month of November. November 1st is Kids’ Day on the Farm with 500 third graders excited to learn about agriculture. Our Harvest Festival is Saturday, November 3rd at Bidwell Mansion, a rain or shine event for the whole family, full of agricultural activities. The Agribusiness Bus tour on November 7 has some wonderful stops planned in the Oroville area of Butte County, followed by a yummy lunch of barrel cooked chicken, rice, and salad, at the CSUC Farm. We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who have supported the Farm City Celebration this year and over the past 39 years. With your financial support, we are able to join together farmers, ranchers and consumers to foster a deeper understanding of the issues between farm and city. Visit our website for more information! ●

For a complete list of events or more information about Farm City Celebration please visit or call (530) 533-1473

The Farm City Celebration is a collaborative effort of the California Women for Agriculture, Butte County Cattlemen, Butte County Cattlewomen, Butte County Ag Commissioner’s Office, Butte County Farm Bureau, Butte County Young Farmers & Ranchers, Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park, UC Cooperative Extension, CSU, Chico, College of Agriculture and Butte College Ag Department. The Farm City Celebration is a program of the Butte Agriculture Foundation Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization. Proceeds raised through Farm City Celebration are used to elevate our programs and support other similar local agricultural events and activities.

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FARM CITY CELEBRATI Schedule of Events Kid’s Day at the CSU, Chico University Farm Thursday, November 1st PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED Location: the 800-acre Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center (aka University Farm) Local third graders visit eight different stations learning about many agricultural products and activities that happen around our area. Topics include learning how to milk a cow, the importance of pest control, and water supply. At the pizza station, kids learn all the ingredients required to make a pizza, and then get a little sample fresh out of the oven. The Butte County Agriculture Department has been providing a pest-detecting dog for the last few years, with his impressive detecting ability that entertains the group. For more information, contact Joan Webster at 530-228-5455 or email at

Farm City Celebration Agri-Business Bus Tour and Lunch Wednesday, November 7th CSU Chico University Farm Tickets include coffee and pastries for breakfast, visits to five local farms and agribusinesses, fabulous barrel chicken lunch, and entertainment. The tour will visit: Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill to hear about forest management; Pacific Coast Producers fresh fruit cannery; Look Ahead Veterinary Services focusing on both large and small animals; Butte County Agricultural Commissioner & Sealer of Weights and Measures; and Morse Farms Mandarins producing citrus and citrus products. Following the tours participants will enjoy a luncheon featuring Barrel Cooked Chicken and CWA rice. To purchase tickets, call (530) 533-1473 or visit

The Harvest Festival Saturday, November 3rd Bidwell Mansion Presented by Farm City Celebration, FREE admission! See details at right.

Farm City Celebration Restaurant Program Month of November Local restaurants highlighting special dishes using seasonal, locallysourced ingredients. Participating restaurants: Bacio Catering and Carry Out, 1903 Park Avenue, Chico; Sin of Cortez, 2290 Esplanade, Chico; Sicilian Café, 1020 Main St, Chico; Farm Star Pizza, 2359 Esplanade, Chico; 5th Street Steakhouse, 345 W. 5th St, Chico; Italian Cottage, 2234 Esplanade and 2525 Dominic Dr., Chico; LaSalles, 229 Broadway St, Chico; Franky’s Pizzeria & Lounge, 506 Ivy St., Chico; and Roots Catering & Restaurant, 3221 Esplanade, Chico See page 6 for more details.


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Nov. 1 –15, 2018

Join Us at Farm City Celebration’s 14th Annual

Harvest Festival

Interact with Farm Animals Chico 4-H Club will have an petting zoo; you can pet bunnies, chickens, sheep, goats and more. Don’t forget to milk “Buttercup” the cow provided by California Women for Agriculture Rope Bridge, Demonstrations, Carriage Rides & more Enjoy the Boy Scouts Troop 2 Rope Bridge on the mansion front lawn. Two rope bridges will be built, a must experience event for kids of all ages. Butte County Cattlewomen will present an interactive roping demonstration for your little cowboy or cowgirl! TJ Farms Carriage Company’s providing carriage rides for a special event price. Antique and modern equipment and tractors will be displayed; A free bounce house for the kids. Plus many fun activities, arts & crafts, wool spinning and so much more at this year’s 14th Annual FCC Harvest Festival!


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The Harvest Festival is a FREE for the whole family This rain or shine event includes fun agricultural-related hands on activities, food and lots more. We are bringing the farm to the city for this community agriculture day. There will be tractors on display, 4-H, cattle roping, cow milking, Boy Scout Rope Bridge and so much more. We are so fortunate to have the Harvest Festival on the grounds of the Historic Bidwell Mansion. During the event, visitors can browse through the first floor of the Bidwell Mansion! Staff and volunteers will be there to answer questions. The Visitor Center will be open including “The General’s Store” gift shop, exhibit hall and bathrooms. The Carriage House will be open, displaying historic carriages and wagons.

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Farm to Table Dining PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS 5th Street Steakhouse 345 West Fifth Street, Chico

Local Cheese Plate Three local Northern California cheeses including aged Goat Cheddar from Sierra Nevada Cheese Company, Smoked Scamorza from Fiscalini Cheese Company (CA State Fair Gold Winner), Humboldt Fog Chevre from Cypress Grove. Served with infused honey, toasted nuts, fresh fruit compote and toasted sourdough crustini.

Sin of Cortez 2290 Esplanade, Chico

University Paleo Breakfast One-third lb pork sausage from the Chico State Meat Lab, served with eggs, grilled zucchini and a corn tortilla.

Zen Breakfast Brown rice from Lundberg & tofu grilled in our ginger-soy sauce served with egg whites, steamed spinach and peanut sauce. Sin of Cortez sources all menu items from local businesses

Franky’s Pizzeria & Lounge 506 Ivy Street, Chico

Bruschetta Diced Roma tomatoes, fresh garlic from S&S produce and fresh local basil all marinated overnight in Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Corto in California Add thinly sliced French bread from Tin Roof, topped with fetta cheese from Orland Farmstead

Homemade Meatballs

Made from Prime trimmings from 5th St. Steakhouse

LaSalles 229 Broadway St, Chico

Dine out with the 2018 Farm City Celebration Restaurant Program all through November!


he Farm City Celebration’s 2018 Restaurant Program highlights local eateries that support local agriculture. All of these restaurants have a commitment to sourcing locally when possible to support local farmers while turning our region’s agricultural offerings into culinary delights. The amazing diversity of local crops range from almonds, rice, walnuts, olives and stone fruits such as peaches, apricots and plums, to a large variety of fresh vegetables, local meats, cheeses, olive oils and wines. Restaurants and cafés are an important market sector for farmers who sell their products locally. Support Butte County agriculture by eating out during the month of November at the restaurants mentioned here. Be sure to ask for their Farm City specials, featuring products from local farms. Bacio’s Roots of Anarchy

Bacio Catering, Carry Out & Biz Box 1903 Park Avenue, Chico

Roots of Anarchy A riot of Fall vegetables featuring roasted Yams, Golden beets, Red Rose and Yukon Gold potatoes, with carrots, red onion and seared Lacinato kale. Finished with Chimayo spiced pepitas, olive oil and sea salt

Farm Star Pizza 2359 Esplanade, Chico

Pilgrim Pizza Featuring GRUB Farm butternut squash and kale, goat cheese, garlic sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onions and parsley pistou.

Italian Cottage 2234 Esplanade, Chico; 2525 Dominic Dr., Chico

Sweet and Savory Salad Fresh mixed greens, spinach, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, dried cranberries, chopped Maple Bacon almonds from Sohnrey Family Farms, all tossed with house made balsamic vinaigrette.

Roots Catering & Restaurant 3221 Esplanade, Chico

Apple Butter Pie Pancakes Two of Roots famous buttermilk pancakes, topped with Paradise’s Noble Orchards apples, sauteed to perfection in our housemade Roots Apple Butter sauce, and topped with cheddar cheese, creme fraiche and dusted with cinnamon sugar. Served with your choice of bacon, sausage or fresh fruit salad.

Sicilian Cafe

Half lb. Porter BBQ Burger

1020 Main St, Chico

Chuck, short rib, brisket blend from R&R Meats, Redding; BBQ sauce made with Sierra Nevada Porter beer; Cherry wood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato and crispy onions from S&S Produce and Produce Express. Brioche bun from Truckee Sourdough Bread Co.

Locally sourced (Comanche Creek Farms) organic squash hand-made into half-moon pasta and topped with brown butter sage sauce. Cheese is from Orland Farms Creamery.

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Farm Star’s Pilgrim Pizza

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2018 FCC Committee Members Farm City Celebration Chairperson: Joan Webster – By the Number Bookkeeping, California Women for Agriculture

Agri-Business Bus Tour Lunch Chairperson: Bill Graves – Green Planet Plastics, Inc

Awards Program Chairpersons:

Harvest Festival Chairpersons: Theresa Schneider – A&J Family Farms, Inc California Women for Agriculture Katie Junk – Sweeney & Michel LLC / Asset Management, CWA

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Butte County Farm Bureau Farm City Dinner Dance Chairperson:

Grey Foster Agri-Business Bus Tour Chairpersons: Joe Connell – UC, Cooperative Extension (Retired) Ed McLaughlin – EMAC Farms Rachel Castanon – Butte County Farm Bureau

Kid’s Day at CSUC Farm Chairperson: Diane Avrit – Butte County Cattlewomen

Restaurant Program Chairperson:

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Committee Members: Kirk Coon – Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Sarah DeForest – CSU, Chico College of Agriculture

Louie Mendoza – Butte County Agriculture Commissioner



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