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Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) manages nearly 10,000 acres of land on two campuses dedicated to instruction and research and serves as a living laboratory for assessing sustainability practices.

CAFES Students

Cal Poly's College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) is comprised of ten academic departments that feature nearly two dozen majors – from agribusiness to food science to recreation, parks & tourism!

Center for Sustainability interns offer public demonstrations on a variety of topics such as composting, native plant landscaping, grazing management, beekeeping, and culinary arts.

CAFES Students

Cal Poly's beautiful Swanton Pacific Ranch in Santa Cruz Country is a 3,000 acres Learn by Doing jewel that models sustainability practices in agriculture and natural resources management.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) home campus in San Luis Obispo is comprised of nearly 6,000 acres that has a long tradition of agricultural stewardship.

Center for Sustainability public events are a great way to learn about cutting edge topics in sustainable food systems, to network and to share ideas.

The Center for Sustainability helps to advance sustainability in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) through fundraising, outreach and support for teaching and research.

Our Soil Health Assessment Field Days and other soil health-related educational offerings provide participants with the latest information and a chance to discuss current challenges with experts and peers.

CAFES Programs

The Cal Poly Compost Project provided public education and professional development training in the area of composting and nutrient cycling. Its mission is being carried on by the Cal Poly Compost Unit and the campus Zero Waste programs.


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A number of cutting edge programs that model sustainability well.

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