Duane Massa is a fifth generation California farmer and biologist. Duane was raised on the family farm and cattle ranch in Northern California, where he gained an appreciation for all things biotic and began to nurture his love of natural systems. Duane earned a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from CSU, Chico and pursued a 17-year career in fisheries science; conducting biological evaluations of native salmon and steelhead populations for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and later for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. He has presented his scientific work at numerous symposia and was invited to speak at American Fisheries Society in Boise, Idaho in 2013.
Duane’s studies have focused on aquatic ecology and how to merge those systems with best current water/land use practices. It is this experience that provided the nexus between ecological systems and farming; he has blended the farming experiences from his youth with his knowledge of ecological systems in new and innovative ways to embark on methods of farming that go beyond the threshold of sustainability and focus on a new frontier in farming, regenerative agriculture.
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Duane and his wife, Wendy, operate a multi-species farm just 15-minutes from Chico where they raise cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, and goats naturally on pasture using modern grazing techniques to mimic natural ecological processes. These methods act to lock atmospheric carbon back into the soil and produce top-shelf quality meat that cannot be replicated using standard farming practices. Through careful management and animal selection, the Massa’s are uniquely creating a regenerative farming system that is a healthy alternative to factory farm practices.